“Pythagoras (fl. 500 B.C.E.), the first man to call himself a philosopher, was both a brilliant mathematician and spiritual teacher. This anthology is the largest collection of Pythagorean writings ever to appear in the English language. It contains the four ancient biographies of Pythagoras and over twenty-five Pythagorean and Neopythagorean writings from the classical and Hellenistic periods. The Pythagorean ethical and political tractates are especially interesting, for they are based on the premise that the universal principles of Harmony, Proportion, and and Justice govern the physical cosmos, and these writings show how individuals and societies alike attain their peak of excellence when informed by these same principles. Indexed, illustrated, with appendices and an extensive bibliography, this work also contains an introductory essay by David Fideler.” — back cover
“Here is a brief extract that bears on their situation and gives a fourfold analysis. As in all things, St. Thomas is lucid and rigorous.
The order of the ‘Thrones’ excels the inferior orders as having an immediate knowledge of the types of the Divine works; whereas the ‘Cherubim’ have the excellence of ardor. And although these two excellent attributes include the third, yet the gift belonging to the ‘Thrones’ does not include the other two; and so the order of the ‘Thrones’ is distinguished from the orders of the ‘Cherubim’ and the ‘Seraphim.’ For it is a common rule in all things that the excellence of the inferior is contained in the superior, but not conversely. But Dionysus (Coel. Hier. vii) explains the name ‘Thrones’ by its relation to material seats, in which we may consider four things.
First, the site; because the seats are raised above the earth, and to the angels who are called ‘Thrones’ are raised up to the immediate knowledge of the types of things in God.
Secondly, because in material seats is displayed strength, forasmuch as a person sits firmly on them. But here the reverse is the case; for the angels themselves are made firm by God.
Thirdly, because the seat receives him who sits thereon, and he can be carried thereupon; and so the angels receive God in themselves, and in a retain way bear Him to the inferior creatures.
Fourthly, because in its shape, a seat is open on one side to receive the sitter; and thus are the angels promptly open to receive God and to serve Him.” [via]
Back in the day, there were several sites that were honored with the Elias Ashmole Award for Enochian Excellence on the Web. These are recorded in the archives of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College site recently added to the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com.
You may want to take a gander through the links on these award pages for a fascinating look at the active work that was being done online in those bygone days of yore, when the commercial Internet was only a few years old. There’s a lot of interesting materials and history here to be discovered and remembered.
In rescuing these pages, I have updated a few links which go to materials elsewhere in the collection of the Hermetic Library, but I’ve decided to keep links to other materials as they appear in snapshots available at the Wayback Machine. Without the luminary service provided by the Internet Archive this rescue of materials could not have happened, so, in the spirit of Awards for Excellence on the Web, I’ll take this moment to give my own kind of award of thanks for the service they have provided and continue to provide to the community and culture of the Internet.