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adepts in the Greco-Roman world

Jan 07, 2011 00:58 AM
by email2cal

In conjunction with the discussion of Plato's significance, I gave 
some thought to the issue of initiates in the Greco-Roman world and 
composed the following list of REAL adepts (i.e., those who possessed 
ultimate knowledge):

Orpheus (about 7000 BCE, according to Besant and Leadbeater's Man: Whence, How and Whither).

Pythagoras (ca. 570-495 BCE).
Plato (429?347 BCE).

Apollonius of Tyana (ca. 15?100?).

Ammonius Saccas (3rd century).
Plotinus  (ca. 204/5?270).
Iamblichus (ca. 245-325).
Proclus (412-485).

The Western European period probably was much poorer in comparison.
The only name that comes to my mind is Rudolf Steiner. I don't 
consider mystics like Meister Eckhart and teachers like Gurdjieff 
real adepts.

Of course, these are just my opinions and the truth may be something 
else altogether. 


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