Initiation of Plato

Initiation of Plato

  • ISBN-13: 9780893143213
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A translation from an 1867 Masonic libretto 'The Free Mason.' A splendid summary of early mystery ritual compiled from various Greek and Egyptian sources. Plato was an initiate of the State Mysteries. He had intended to follow in the footsteps of Pythagoras by journeying into Asia to study with the Brahmins. But the wars of the time made such a trip impractical, so Plato turned to the Egyptians, and, according to the ancient accounts, was initiated at Sais by the priests of the Osirian rites. The initiation of Plato as here reproduced was translated by John Yarker from the French of Charles and Auguste Beaumont. The rite forms the prologue to a Masonic comedy in three acts entitled 'The Freemason' which was printed in Paris in 1867. There is every evidence that the work is a modern production, but its value lies in its splendid summary of the early mystery rituals compiled from various Greek and Egyptian authors. There is a record in the British Museum that Plato received the Egyptian rites of Isis and Osiris in Egypt when he was forty-seven years old. It is the author's opinion that the compilers of this 'Initiation of Plato' digested a great amount of ancient lore in the preparation of their pageant, and that the result is worthy of profound study. This text has been made from the scarce and curious masonic publication, 'The Kneph.'

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