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from the Theology of Plato, * Excerpts from ch. 20 & 21
Translated by
Thomas Taylor  * Greek Fonts  * Proclus Resources

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Divine truth also is exempt from psychical truth, whether it is surveyed in opinions or in sciences, so far as it is in a certain respect divisible, and is not beings themselves, but is assimilated to and co-harmonized with beings, and as being perfected in motion and mutation falls short of the truth which is always firm, stable and of a principal nature.

Divine truth is likewise again exempt from intellectual truth, because though this subsists according to essence, and is said to be and is, beings themselves, through the power of sameness, yet again, through difference, it is separated from the essence of them, and preserves its peculiar hypostasis unconfused with respect to them.

Τῆς δὲ αὖ ψυχικῆς͵ ἐν δόξαις εἴτε καὶ ἐπιστήμαις θεωρουμένης͵ καθ΄ ὅσον μεριστή πώς ἐστι͵ καὶ οὐκ αὐτὰ τὰ ὄντα ἐστίν͵ ἀλλ΄ ὁμοιοῦται καὶ συναρμόζεται τοῖς οὖσι͵ καὶ ὡς ἐν κινήσει καὶ μεταβάσει τελουμένη τῆς ἑστώσης ἀεὶ καὶ μονίμου καὶ ἀρχηγικῆς ἀληθείας ἀπολείπεται.  

Τῆς δὲ αὖ νοερᾶς͵ διότι κατ΄ οὐσίαν ὑφέστηκε͵ καὶ λέγεται μὲν εἶναι τὰ ὄντα καὶ ἔστι διὰ τὴν τῆς ταὐτότητος δύναμιν͵ πάλιν δὲ αὖ κατὰ τὴν ἑτερότητα διακρίνεται τῆς οὐσίας αὐτῶν καὶ τὴν ἰδίαν ὑπόστασιν ἀσύγχυτον πρὸς αὐτὰ διαφυλάττει.

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