The Life of Apollonius of Tyana (Free Audio Book from LibriVox Completed)

Posted by Gary Geck on March 11th, 2011 is one of the most important projects for the future of humanity.  You can volunteer to read a book (that has entered the public domain) and your recording will be preserved on the site’s servers for many generations.  It’s also backed up at and on thousands of user’s hard drives and mobile devices.

This is one of the few chances we have to make a difference educating future generations of humanity.  Put in the time to read the book out loud and people can listen while they lay in bed, jog, walk the dog or paint their bathrooms walls.  I’m working on a book on Leibniz (see podcast section).

Well, i have been waiting for this one to be completed for a while and it’s here!

Click Here to get The Life of Apollonius of Tyana !!!!  Some great volunteers have read the whole work!

Sadly, the only remaining historical “complete” record of Apollonius’s life is this work by Philostratus which references other, no longer extant, works on Apollonius.  This is must read/listen “secret knowledge”.  Of course this particular work won’t mean a whole lot until you dig into the larger field of Apollonius studies.  But it’s a great place to start.

This work is a rare glimpse into long lost ancient history and wisdom, and at the same time, propaganda by the sophist Philostratus.  Careful scholarship can extract the former from the latter.  Imagine how different history would have been had Philostratus’s propaganda project worked and the Roman Empire had remained “Apollonian” instead of the direction it went beginning with Constantine.

Philostratus worked for Julia Domna, the wife of emperor Septimius Severus.  Julia took her own life before Philostratus completed this work.

Julia Domna (170–217)

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