Sunday, January 11, 2009

Italian Discipline

From Giordano Bruno: Philosopher, Heretic (2008) by Ingrid Rowland:
"Ficino's essay On Living the Heavenly Life contained a great deal of astrological advice, showing how to attract the influence of the various stars by arranging their favorite stones, colors, and gems; how to maintain youth by drinking the milk of young mothers; and how to stave off nearly every bodily ill by eating sugar, marzipan, or almond cookies. His Neoplatonism was no ascetic's creed, and neither was the Nolan philosophy."
Marzipan and almond cookies? Sign me up.

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