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In the Dark Places of Wisdom

by Peter Kingsley

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Release Date: April, 1999

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Buy the book: Peter Kingsley. In the Dark Places of Wisdom


A journey to the roots of the Western mystical tradition

This book reads like a mystery story, or rather a story aboutmystery. It is based on solid academic scholarship, but is by no meanswritten in an academic style. Rather, it is a highly personal account of the author's discoveries about a famous Greek philosopher, Parmenides, and the philosopher's surprising secret. A philosopher whom thousands of years of academic scholarship and philosophy regarded as a dry logician, turns out to be the representative of an authentic Mediterranean tradition of mystical practice. Kingsley's writing takes on an almost religious intensity in places; he writes like a man with a vision, trying to awaken those who have suppressed or forgotten their own spiritual connections. DARK PLACES OF WISDOM is something that can transcend the seminars and the classrooms, reaching out to spiritual searchers who are sick of the banalities of our society and are questing for a more direct experience of the divine. According to Kingsley, this is how that quest, and that experience, was done back in the Sicilian colonies of ancient Greece, 2500 years ago. And that tradition that Kingsley discovers, has been hidden in the depths of our Western culture and consciousness ever since. If you want an adventure which is both intellectual AND mystical, try this book. END

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Good, but beware...

Well, if you don't mind a LOT of repetitions, some errors on the evaluation of ancient greek words (i am greek and i studied ancient greek for ages _at post-graduate level, too), a bit of harshness on Platonic philosophy and it's thereafter, some bitter remarks (''barbaric subordination of women'' in ancient Athens, p. 241; do you know what was the standard that time all around?) and some farfetching conclusions (the Athenians ''led the West think to believe it owes almost everything to them'' and ''...histories of the ancient world are still based on Athenian propaganda'', p.222), it could make a good read. The fact is that what burns Mr. Kingsley is the easiness with which he states things. But that is not a new thing to meet with some authors. I would expect more responsible statements, on a firm basis, and not so lighthearted: ''...people at Athens invented the fiction of a united Greece'' or ''Many greek centers of culture preferred to side with the Persians rather with the Athenians. They considered them more civilized.'' p. 222. Well..., not from a professor of Simon Fraser University ! If you read Isokrates' "Panegyrikos" (Thucydides, et.al., also) you will know more than that. Some Greeks really partied the Persians, but the issue was quite political and definitely not cultural (By the way, have you read Chrestos Lazos' books on ancient Greek technology?). As for the domination of the Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy, cf. Marsilio Ficcino and the Scholastics' interpretation of them as responsible to that. Anyway, the book is nice to read for it presents some (well, not so) unknown aspects of the Underworld ''drwmena'' in the ancient Greek world. If the author payed more attention to the Orphics and to the soothsaying in Homerus' epics, it would be better. Read it, but beware.

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