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Classical Art and Geometric Order

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The heavenly and earthly worlds were divided by a fault line beneath the moon


Peter Brown : “One thing can be said with certainty about late-antique Mediterranean: while it may not have become markedly more “otherworldly,” it was emphatically “upperworldly.”  Its starting point was belief in a fault that ran across the face of the universe.  Above the moon the divine quality of the universe was shown in the untarnished stability of the stars.  The earth lay beneath the moon, in sentina mundi,—so many dregs at the bottom of a clear glass.  Death could mean the crossing of the fault.  At death the soul would separate from a body compounded of earthly dregs, and would gain, or regain a place intimately congruent with its true nature in the palpable clear light that hung so tantalizingly close above the earth in the heavy clusters of the Milky Way.”  Peter Brown, The Cult of the Saints, p.2.

Swanson PP Lectures that interpret the primary readings and videos:

6 primary readings totaling 35 pages:

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