"Every scholar dreams of writing a truly original book, but in reality hardly anyone ever does. A truly original book, one that can transform a whole discipline, appears at the most once in a generation. In the field of ancient philosophy, Peter Kingsley's Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic is such a book."
PROF. A. A. LONG, University of California at Berkeley
"A masterpiece, gripping, urgent and important: a unique pioneering work."
EUROPEAN REVIEW OF HISTORY (Oxford/Paris)
"The thesis is argued with immense learning ... courageous, original."
THE TIMES (London)
"provides a storehouse of new insights ... compelling."
GNOSIS (San Francisco, CA)
"Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic is very readable and its snappy, almost breathless pace conveys the excitement of the exploration of a newly opened tomb. I cannot recommend this book too highly; it sets the terms for future investigations of ancient esotericism."
CADUCEUS (Seattle, WA)
"A remarkable achievement: challenging, learned and at the same time enthralling to read."
CLASSICAL REVIEW (Oxford)
"Bold and extremely significant ... Kingsley's book may well be the most important book about Presocratic philosophy in years, and it is certainly one of the most exciting, challenging, and stimulating."
AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW (Washington, DC)
"Extremely rich ... deals with topics of the utmost interest for the comparative student of religious phenomena in ancient societies. Dr Kingsley has put us all very much in his debt."
"Of great interest to students of Islamic thought, while being of an even greater significance for the field of Greek and Western philosophy, since it challenges the commonly held view of the whole foundation of Western philosophical thought."
JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC STUDIES (Oxford)
French, as Empédocle et la tradition pythagoricienne, by Les Belles Lettres
Greek, as Archaia philosophia mystêria kai mageia, by Archetypo Publishing
Turkish, as Antik Felsefe, Gizem ve Büyü, by Kabalci Yayinevi
Spanish, as Filosofía antigua, misterios y magia, by Ediciones Atalanta