New Book on the Stoic Cornutus

Cornutus may be of interest to lovers of ancient esotericism for a number of reasons, but especially interesting is the fact that this Stoic philosopher of the first century CE was an esoteric hermeneut of the first water: if we want to find the kind of reading of myth, poetry, and so forth typical of Porphyry’s On the Cave of the Nymphs and similar texts in the earlier classical period, Cornutus is actually our best early source.

A new book from George Boys-Stones (George R. Boys-Stones, L. Annaeus Cornutus: Greek theology, fragments, and testimonia. Writings from the Greco-Roman world, 42. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018. Pp. xiv, 242. ISBN 9780884142942 $53.00) collects the extant fragments of Cornutus multifarious writing-activity, with translation and footnotes. Find it reviewed by George Karamanolis here.