This series is the first English translation of the letters of the philosopher priest who helped to shape the Renaissance worldview. This volume spans the seventeen months from April 1491 to September 1492. This is a crucial period for Marsilio Fici and Florence itself, for it witnessed the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent. In one of the letters Fici calls him 'the great and god-like Lorenzo'. In a letter to Lorenzo in Volume 1, he had written: 'Almost all other rich men support servants of pleasure, but you support priests of the Muses'.Of the 34 letters in this volume, five are addressed to Martin Prenninger, Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at Tubingen University and counsellor to Count Eberhard. One, the longest in this volume, consists mainly of extracts selected by Fici from his translation of Proclus' commentaries on Plato's Republic.Ather letter to Prenninger gives an insight into Fici's activities in this period: his work with the Divine Names of Dionysius, the preparation of a copy of his Philebus commentary being made for Prenninger, and the reprinting, in Venice, of his translations of Plato's dialogues and the Platonic Theology.Most interesting and intriguing is Fici's response to Prenninger's frequent request to receive a list of his friends, with which he complies, requesting him t to infer any ranking from the order in which they are listed.
Arthur Farndell has been a member of the team of scholars at the School of Economic Science in London for more than 35 years. He is also the translator of many of Marsilio Ficino s commentaries on Plato s Dialogues, which have been published in four volumes as All Things Natural, Evermore Shall Be So, Gardens of Philosophy, and When Philosophers Rule.