On the Animation of Statues

On the Animation of Statues


By Brian Cotnoir

Is a collection of quotes, primary sources, notes and comments on the late-antiquity practice of “ensouling” statues in order to commune with the gods. Drawing from Iamblichus, Proclus, Greek Magical PapyriCorpus Hermeticum, hymns, poetry and music, although the practice is never explicitly described, a hazy outline emerges. One thing, the composition of statues and talismans is, like alchemy, a hieratic art.

Included Michal Psellos’ Epistle 187 a text on the animation of statues. (text is in Greek, a translation is forthcoming)

34 pages

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