The Writings of Thomas Taylor

The Writings of Thomas Taylor,
the Platonist (1758-1835)

Biographies

Thomas Taylor, The Platonist, by W.A.E. Axon (1890)

Thomas Taylor, from the Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes (1966 reprint), by Louise Schutz Boas

Thomas Taylor: The English Platonist, Philaletheians

Thomas Taylor: The English Platonist, Prometheus Trust


Lists of Works

Translations and Original Works of Thomas Taylor (1818)

Translations and Original Works of Thomas Taylor (1825)

A Brief Notice of Mr. Thomas Taylor, the Celebrated Platonist, with a Complete List of his Published Works (1831)

The Works of Thomas Taylor, from Thomas Taylor, The Platonist by W.A.E. Axon (1890)

Thomas Taylor the Platonist: List of Original Works and Translations, by Ruth Balch (1917)


Translations, Original Works & Articles (by year)

1780

The Elements of a New Method of Reasoning in Geometry, applied to the Rectification of the Circle

1782

Ocellus Lucanus on the Nature of the Universe (see 1831 for later edition)

1787

The Mystical Initiations or Hymns of Orpheus, with a preliminary Dissertation on the Life and Theology of Orpheus

Concerning the Beautiful; or, a paraphrase translation from the Greek of Plotinus, Ennead I. Book VI. [WorldCat]

1788-89

The Philosophical and Mathematical Commentaries of Proclus on the First Book of Euclid’s Elements, and his Life by Marinus. With a preliminary Dissertation on the Platonic Doctrine of Ideas. To which are added A History of the Restoration of the Platonic Theology by the later Platonists, 2 vols. (see 1792 for second revised edition)

1790

A Dissertation on the Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries

1792

A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes

The Phædrus of Plato: A Dialogue Concerning Beauty and Love [WorldCat]

An Essay on the Beautiful, from the Greek of Plotinus [WorldCat] [Gutenberg]

The Philosophical and Mathematical Commentaries of Proclus on the First Book of Euclid’s Elements, and his Life by Marinus. With a preliminary Dissertation on the Platonic Doctrine of Ideas. To which are added A History of the Restoration of the Platonic Theology by the later Platonists, 2 vols.

1793

Sallust on the Gods and the World, and the Pythagoric Sentences of Demophilus, and Five Hymns by Proclus; to which are added Five Hymns by the translator.

Two Orations of the Emperor Julian, one to the Sovereign Sun, and the other to the Mother of the Gods; with Notes and a copious Introduction

Four Dialogues of Plato: The Cratylus, Phædo, Parmenides and Timæus. [WorldCat]

1794

Pausanias’s Description of Greece (see 1824 for second edition, enlarged)

Five Books of Plotinus, viz. On Felicity; on the Nature and Origin of Evil; on Providence; on Nature, Contemplation, and the One; and on the Descent of the Soul.

1795

The Fable of Cupid and Psyche; to which are added a Poetical Paraphrase on the Speech of Diotima in the Banquet of Plato; Four Hymns, With an Introduction, in which the meaning of the Fable is unfolded.

1801

Aristotle’s Metaphysics, to which is added a Dissertation on Nullities and Diverging Series

1803

Hedric’s Greek Lexicon (Graecum Lexicon Manuale, primum a Benjamine Hederico)

1804

Four letters from Thomas Taylor, the Platonist, to Charles Taylor, Secretary of the Society of Arts, 1800-1804.

An Answer to Dr. Gillies’s Supplement to his New Analysis of Aristotle’s Works

The Dissertations of Maximus Tyrius, 2 vols.

The Works of Plato, viz. His Fifty-Five Dialogues and Twelve Epistles, 5 vols.

Translations from the Greek, by W. Bridgman; to which are added the Pythagoric sentences of Demophilus by Mr. Thomas Taylor

1805

Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, containing the Triumph of the Wise Man over Fortune according to the doctrine of the Stoics and Platonists; the Creed of the Platonic Philosopher; a Panegyric on Sydenham (see 1820 for 2nd Edition, with additions)

1806

Collectanea; or Collections consisting of Miscellanies inserted in the European and Monthly Magazines. With an Appendix containing some Hymns never before printed.

1807

The Treatises of Aristotle on the Heavens (see also v.7 of The Works of Aristotle, 1812) [WorldCat]

1809

The Elements of the true Arithmetic of Infinites. In which all the Propositions on the Arithmetic of Infinites invented by Dr. Wallis relative to the summation of fluxions are demonstrated to be false, and the nature of infinitesimals is unfolded.

The History of Animals of Aristotle and his Treatise on Physiognomy (see also v.8 of The Works of Aristotle, 1812) [WorldCat]

The Arguments of the Emperor Julian against the Christians, to which are added Extracts from the other Works of Julian relative to the Christians.

1810

The Commentaries of Proclus on the Timæus of Plato (see 1820 for 2nd edition)

1811

The Rhetoric, Poetic and Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (see 1818 for 2nd edition)

1812

The Works of Aristotle, with copious Elucidations from the best of his Greek Commentators, 9 vols. [WorldCat]

A Dissertation on the Philosophy of Aristotle

1816

A Dissertation on the Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries (2nd Edition)

Theoretic Arithmetic, in three books, containing the substance of all that has been written on this subject by Theo of Smyrna, Nicomachus, Iamblicus, and Boetius.

The Six Books of Proclus, the Platonic Successor, on the Theology of Plato, 2 vols.

1817

Remarks on the Dæmon of Socrates (article)

Use of Arches Known Among the Ancients (article)

Select Works of Plotinus, and Extracts from the Treatise of Synesius on Providence. With an Introduction containing the substance of Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus

1818

Collection of the Chaldean Oracles (articles)

Orphic Fragments, hitherto inedited (article)

Remarks on a Passage in Stobæus (article)

On a Peculiar Signification of the words Demas and Soma (article)

The Rhetoric, Poetic and Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (2nd Edition), 2 vols.

Iamblichus’ Life of Pythagoras, or Pythagoric Life, accompanied by fragments of the Ethical Writings of certain Pythagoreans in the Doric Dialect, and a Collection of Pythagoric Sentences from Stobæus and Others

1819

On the Philosophical Meaning of the words Bios, Kimena, Energema, and Sisthema (article)

On the Antiquity of Alchymy (article)

On the Coincidence between the Belts of the Planet Jupiter and the Fabulous Bonds of Jupiter the Demiurgus (article)

 

1820

Important Additions to the first Alcibiades, and Timæus of Plato (article)

Important Discovery of the Original of many of the Sentences of Sextus Pythagoricus (article)

Discovery of a Verse of Homer, and Error of Kiessling (article)

Platonic Demonstration of the Immortality of the Soul (article)

On the Theology of the Greeks (article)

Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, containing the Triumph of the Wise Man over Fortune according to the doctrine of the Stoics and Platonists; the Creed of the Platonic Philosopher; a Panegyric on Sydenham (2nd Edition, with additions) [WorldCat]

The Commentaries of Proclus on the Timæus of Plato (2nd Edition), 2 vols.

1821

Notice of Professor Cousin’s edition of the two first books of Proclus on the Parmenides of Plato (article)

On the Mythology of the Greeks (article)

Iamblichus on the Mysteries of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, and Assyrians

1822

Observations on Professor Cousin’s edition of the Commentaries of Proclus on the first Alcibiades of Plato (article)

Observations on that part of a work entitled Empedoclis et Parmenidis Fragmenta (article)

The Metamorphosis, or Golden Ass, and Philosophical Works of Apuleius

Political Fragments of Archytas, Charondas, Zaleucus, and other ancient Pythagoreans, preserved by Stobæus, and also Ethical Fragments of Hierocles, the celebrated commentator on the Pythagoric verses preserved by the same author.

1823

Observations on the Creuzer’s edition of the Commentary of Olypiodorus on the first Alcibiades of Plato (article)

Observations on the Scholia of Hermeas on the Phædrus of Plato (article)

The Elements of a new Arithmetical Notation and of a new Arithmetic of Infinites

Select Works of Porphyry, containing his Four Books on Abstinence from Animal Food; his Treatise on the Homeric Cave of the Nymphs, and his Auxiliaries to the perception of Intelligible Natures. With an Appendix explaining the Allegory of the Wanderings of Ulysses.

1824

Emendations of the text of Plato (article)

Observations on the Excerpta from the Scholia of Proclus on the Cratylus of Plato (article)

The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus, demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, with Considerable Emendations, Alterations, and Additions.

The Description of Greece by Pausanias, 2nd edition with considerable augmentations, 3 vols.

1825

Classical Allusion (article)

Notice of Professor Cousin’s edition of the third, fourth and fifth books of Proclus on the Parmenides of Plato (article)

Biblical Criticism (article)

The Fragments that remain of the Lost Writings of Proclus

1829

Corruption of Demiurgus (article)

Extracts from some of the Lost Works of Aristotle, Xenocrates, and Theophrastus (article)

1830

Arguments of Celsus, Porphyry, and the Emperor Julian, against the Christians

1831

Ocellus Lucanus on the Nature of the Universe. Taurus, the Platonic Philosopher, on the Eternity of the World; Julius Firmicus Maternus of the Thema Mundi, in which the positions of the stars at the commencement of the several mundane periods is (sic) given; Select Theorems on the Perpetuity of Time by Proclus

1833

Two Treatises of Proclus, the Platonic Successor, the former consisting of ten Doubts concerning Providence, and a Solution of those Doubts, and the latter containing a Development of the Nature of Evil.

1834

Translations from the Greek of the following treatises of Plotinus: On Suicide, to which is added an Extract from the Harl. MS. of the Scholia of Olympiodorus on the Phædo of Plato respecting Suicide. Two Books on Truly Existing Being, and Extracts from his Treatise on the manner in which the multitude of ideas subsists, and concerning the Good, with additional Notes from Porphyry and Proclus.

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