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Porphyry: The Philosopher To His Wife Marcella (1896)
by Porphyry
Binding: Paperback, 84 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 0.3 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1437033423
ISBN 13: 9781437033427
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PORPHYRY THE PHILOSOPHER TO MARCELLA i. I Chose thee as my wife, Marcella, though thou wert the mother of five daughters and two sons, some of whom are still little children, and the others approaching a marriageable age; and I was not deterred by the multitude of things which would be needful for their maintenance. And it was not for the sake of having children that I wedded thee, deeming that the lovers of true wisdom were my children, and that thy children too would be mine if ever these should embrace right philosophy, when educated by us. Nor yet was it because a superfluity of riches had fallen ither to thy lot or mine. For such necessaries as are ours must suffice us who are poor. Neither did I expect that thou wouldst afford me any ease through thy ministrations as I advanced in years, for thy frame is delicate, and more in need of ,care from others than fitted to succour or watch over them. Nor yet did I desire other housewifely care from thee, nor sought I after honour and praise from those who would not willingly have undertaken such a burden for the mere sake of doing good. Nay, it was far otherwise, for through the folly of thy fellow citizens, and their envy towards thee and thine, I encountered much ill speaking, and contrary to all expectation, I fell into danger of death at their hands on your behalf. 2. For none of these causes did I choose another to be partner of my life, but there was a twofold and reasonable cause that swayed me. One part was that I deemed I should thus propitiate the gods of generation ; just as Sokrates in his prison chose to compose popular music, for the sake of safety in his departure from life, instead of his customary labours in philosophy, so did I strive to propitiate the divinities who preside over this tragi comedy of ours, a...

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