Synesius, aka Synesius of Cyrene

Synesius, aka Synesius of Cyrene
c. 370
c. 413

Greek Bishop of Ptolemais, Neo-Platonic Philosopher, Sophist

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I at all events, will see what manner of men these are who think they have a right to despise Romans. I will fight as one who is ready to die, and I know I shall survive. I am Laconian by descent, and I remember the letter of the rulers to Leonidas?'Let them fight as men who are ready to die, and they will not die.?

Justice has perished among men; formerly Andronicus acted unjustly, now he suffers unjustly.

Myths are the things that never happened but always are.

You know that philosophy is opposed to the opinions of the vulgar. I certainly shall not admit that the soul is posterior in existence to the body. I cannot assert that the world and all its parts will perish together. The resurrection which is so much talked about I consider something sacred and ineffable, and I am far from sharing the ideas of the multitude on the subject.

But what was the greatest of my calamities, and what made life itself hopeless to me, I who had hitherto always been successful in prayer, now for the first time found that I prayed in vain.

For what has the multitude to do with philosophy? The truth of divine mysteries is.

Man is not some simple object, nor is he cast in one pattern, but God has made to dwell in the constitution of a single creature a host of forces mingled together and with full-toned voices. We are, I think, a monstrous animal more extraordinary than the Hydra and still more many-headed. For not with the same part of our nature, of course, do we think and desire or feel pain and suffer anger, nor is our fear from the same source as our pleasure. Again you will observe how there is a male element in these organs and a female, and that there is courage and also cowardice. There are, in sooth, all kinds of opposites within us and a certain medial force of nature runs through them which we call Mind.

Truth is the aristocracy of language.

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Synesius, aka Synesius of Cyrene
Birth Date
c. 370
Death Date
c. 413
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Greek Bishop of Ptolemais, Neo-Platonic Philosopher, Sophist