On the Triad

9 09 2008

The triad is the form of completion of all things, and is truly number, and gives all things equality and a certain lack of excess and deficiency, having defined and formed matter with the potential for all qualities…

Those who are requesting that their prayers be answered by God pour libations three times and perform sacrifices three times; and we say “thrice fortunate” and “thrice happy” and “thrice blessed” and qualify all of the opposite of these as “thrice”, in the case of those to whom each of these features is present in a perfect form, so to speak.

– from The Theology of Arithmetic, attributed to Iamblichus


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