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Headword: Μαρῖνος
Adler number: mu,199
Translated headword: Marinos, Marinus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man took over Proclus' school and taught Isidore the philosopher the doctrine of Aristotle. When Isidore came to Athens for the second time, after their common teacher had died,[1] he showed him a commentary composed by him at great length on Plato's Philebus, bidding him to read and criticize it, [to decide] whether the book should be published. When [Isidore] read it carefully he did not hide any of his opinions, yet uttered no unseemly word, but said only this, that the master's commentary on the dialogue was sufficient. Marinus understood and immediately destroyed the book.[2]
He had already earlier shared with him by letter his opinion of the hypotheses and explanations on [Plato's] Parmenides; and he wrote out his proofs, by which Marinus was convinced that the dialogue was not about the gods but about the forms. On this he also wrote commentaries, explaining Parmenides' dialectical hypotheses in this manner. But [Isidore] replied to this letter, writing with innumerable proofs that the theological interpretation of the dialogue was the truest, so that if the book had not already been published, perhaps [Marinus] would have destroyed this one also. Perhaps also a night-time vision prevented him: Proclus used to say that he had beheld that there would be commentaries on Parmenides by Marinus himself.[3]
Greek Original:
Μαρῖνος: οὗτος τὴν Πρόκλου διατριβὴν παραδεξάμενος καὶ Ἰσιδώρου τοῦ φιλοσόφου τῶν Ἀριστοτέλους λόγων καθηγησάμενος, ἐλθόντι τὸ δεύτερον Ἀθήναζε, τοῦ κοινοῦ διδασκάλου τετελευτηκότος, ἐπέδειξεν αὐτῷ συγγεγραμμένον ὑπόμνημα πρὸς ἑαυτοῦ στίχων παμπόλλων εἰς τὸν Πλάτωνος Φίληβον, ἐντυχεῖν τε καὶ ἐπικρῖναι κελεύσας, εἰ ἐξοιστέον εἴη τὸ βιβλίον. ὁ δὲ ἀναγνοὺς ἐπιμελῶς οὐδὲν ἀπεκρύψατο τῶν αὑτῷ δοκούντων, οὐ μέντοι ἄμουσον ἀφῆκε φωνὴν οὐδεμίαν, τοσοῦτον δὲ ἔφη μόνον, ἱκανὰ εἶναι τὰ τοῦ διδασκάλου ὑπομνήματα εἰς τὸν διάλογον: συνεὶς δ' ἐκεῖνος παραυτίκα διέφθειρε πυρὶ τὸ βιβλίον. ἤδη δὲ καὶ πρότερον δι' ἐπιστολῆς ἐκοινώσατο πρὸς αὐτὸν τὴν ἑαυτοῦ δόξαν τῶν εἰς Παρμενίδην ὑποθέσεών τε καὶ ἐξηγήσεων: τά τε ἐπιχειρήματα συντάξας ἔπεμψεν, οἷς ἐπείσθη μὴ εἶναι τὸν διάλογον περὶ θεῶν ὁ Μαρῖνος, ἀλλὰ περὶ εἰδῶν. ἐφ' ᾧ καὶ ὑπομνήματα κατεβάλετο, τοῦτον ἐξηγούμενα τὸν τρόπον τὰς Παρμενίδου διαλεκτικὰς ὑποθέσεις. ὁ δὲ καὶ πρὸς ταύτην ἀντιγράφει τὴν ἐπιστολήν, μυρίαις ὅσαις ἀποδείξεσι καταβαλόμενος, ἀληθεστάτην εἶναι τὴν θειοτέραν ἐξήγησιν τοῦ διαλόγου, ὥστε εἰ μὴ ἔφθη τὸ βιβλίον ἐκδεδομένον, τάχα ἂν καὶ τοῦτο διέφθειρεν. ἴσως δὲ αὐτὸν διεκώλυσε καὶ ἡ ὄψις τοῦ ἐνυπνίου: ὅτι θεάσασθαί ποτε ἔλεγεν ὁ Πρόκλος, ὡς ὑπομνημάτων εἰς Παρμενίδην αὐτοῦ Μαρίνου ἐσομένων.
Notes:
For this individual see already mu 198.
[1] In 485 Isidore came to Athens when Proclus' death was imminent.
[2] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr.90 Zintzen (42 Asmus, 38A Athanassiadi).
[3] Damascius fr.245 Zintzen (275 Asmus, 97 Athanassiadi).
Keywords: biography; chronology; dreams; ethics; geography; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 June 2004@00:55:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 13 June 2004@05:50:16.
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added keyword) on 22 November 2005@12:00:59.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 6 May 2013@08:11:22.

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