The God of Socrates

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The God of Socrates by Apuleius, foreword by Daniel Driscoll.

Apuleius The God of Socrates

This Apuleius text is a crucial example of middle Platonism, and a key source for theology of the augoeides (or “peculiar genius”) in antiquity. “[T]he daemon who presides over you inquisitively participates of all that concerns you, sees all things, understands all things, and in the place of conscience dwells in the most profound recesses of the mind.” (37)

This particular edition is the final product of Daniel Driscoll’s Heptangle Books imprint, due to Driscoll’s death in 1993. It was issued posthumously, and it looks as though the work may have been incomplete. There are a handful of minor text errors unusual for the craft typically shown in these books. As is customary for Heptangle books, the volume is beautifully typeset in a Bembo font, printed on heavy acid-free stock, and bound by hand. 

Driscoll is credited with the foreword, but no translator is indicated, nor is there an attribution for the numerous explanatory footnotes. Based on the content and style of the footnotes, I strongly suspect the work of Thomas Taylor (d. 1835), but perhaps Driscoll did even more for this book than I am at first willing to credit.