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In the dark places of wisdom

Peter Kingsley

A set of ancient inscriptions on marble found forty years ago in southern Italy, recording details so bewildering that scholars have kept silent about them.
 
A set of ancient inscriptions on marble found forty years ago in southern Italy, recording details so bewildering that scholars have kept silent about them.

Strange evidence about a tradition of people who were mystics but who were so intensely practical that, two and a half thousand years ago, they shaped our existence and the world we live in. And yet they did this with a purpose we've completely forgotten.

These are just two ingredients of this extraordinary book, which uncovers an astonishing reality that lies unsuspected right at the origins of the western world. Our dramatic failure to acknowledge or come to grips with that reality is what has been responsible for so much of the emptiness of the sense of something missing in our modern lives.

In the Dark Places of Wisdom is no work of fiction. The documents, the discoveries, the people that it describes are all as real as we are. But the story it has to tell is far stranger than any fiction, because this is the story of ourselves.

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El poema de Parménides del siglo V a.C. es, además de uno de los pilares de la cultura occidental, un texto enigmático que ha desafiado a todos sus intérpretes durante más de dos mil quinientos años.

A partir de un profundo conocimiento de la filología clásica y de unas reveladoras inscripciones halladas en el sur de Italia hace cuarenta años tan extraordinarias que los especialistas hasta ahora no habían sabido cómo interpretarlas, Peter Kingsley nos inicia en un fascinante recorrido filosófico que transforma radicalmente nuestra visión de la Grecia antigua.

Allí donde creíamos ver solamente el origen de la filosofía occidental, nos encontramos con un sustrato religioso en donde los iatromantes y sacerdotes de Apolo conducen a los iniciados hacia un saber encaminado a transmutar el concepto de lo real.

Kingsley, que despoja su investigación de todo ropaje académico, nos ofrece una seductora narración que nos transportará a esos oscuros lugares bajo tierra en donde los ritos de incubación y quietismo fueron el origen del mensaje metafísico de Parménides, cuyo contenido sapiencial, según Kingsley, se ha intentado ocultar, a partir de Platón, tanto del poema de Parménides como del contexto del cual procede.

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