ABOUT THE AUTHORS
About the Founder
My name is Klaytonos Beten-Siloúios (Latin: Claytonus Beten-Silvius), my pronouns are He/Him or They/Them, and I am the founder and leader of the Julian Hellenic tradition. I converted to Hellenism back in 2013, but in 2016 I discovered the writings of the divine Plato and Emperor Julian and fell in love with them. That same year I decided to start the Julian Hellenism tradition, a denomination of late Roman-era Hellenism which reconstructs the Orphic religion of Emperor Julian. Since my decision, I’ve been writing extensively on the theology and practice of the Julian Hellenic tradition for free, so that all, regardless of class or social standing, can have access to information. I am double majoring in the History of Religions and Classical Civilizations in the University of Toronto, with a focus on Hellenism, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism.
About the Contributors
Although I’m a Pyrrhonian, not a Platonist like the Emperor Julian, I have been studying Neoplatonism since 2012 or so and will be helping Klaytonos as exegete and antiquarian. I am a Reconstructionist of Greco-Roman Paganism and a Classics student, with a focus on the later Roman period. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.
I am Cultor, I am a Roman Polytheist by tradition and have been for the majority of the past ten years. My main focus is on history and politics and relating my faith to the latter. I agreed to help Klaytonos with this project because increasing knowledge of and about polytheism is very important to me.
This website is designed to promote Hellenism, the reconstructed & revived polytheistic religion of the Graeco-Roman world, as well as serve as a useful resource intended for both Hellenes and all peoples to learn about it. The particular form of Hellenism this website endorses is Julian Hellenism, a reformed denomination of Hellenism that attempts to reconstruct the Hellenism believed, practiced, and endorsed by the divine Emperor Julian, the Philosopher King of the 4th-century Roman Empire, who himself was influenced by great thinkers like the divine Iamblichus and the two authors of the Chaldean Oracles. In addition to this, this website also serves as a place where musings are given on contemporary Paganism, polytheism, and the intersections of other practices.
PRINCIPLES OF HELLENIC FAITH
Hellenic Faith affirms the One, which is the Good, is the supreme and unknowable Godhead which manifested the Cosmos through the overflowing emanation of its superabundant goodness; and that while the Cosmos is full of the Divine, the One is transcendent of the Cosmos.
Hellenic Faith affirms that the One is of a singular, unitary nature, beyond essence or substance (ousia), whose superabundant goodness is brought into order and abundance through the work of the divine & all-good Celestial Demiurge, Zeus-Helios.
Hellenic Faith affirms that there are many Divinities under the One, both Gods and Greater Kinds, who manifest throughout the Cosmos.
Hellenic Faith affirms that humans are gifted with a Divine Soul by Zeus, and hence the fundamental essential nature of humanity is Divine.
Hellenic Faith affirms that knowledge of one’s Divine Soul, so far as possible, and through it, the Divine Mind of the Celestial Demiurge, is the supreme form of self-knowledge and the first form of divine knowledge. This experiential knowledge, which is purifying, illuminating, and perfecting, is intuitive knowing (Gnosis).
Hellenic Faith affirms that humanity as a whole is guided towards becoming like the divine, so far as possible, and divine Unity (henosis), through the guidance and experiences of the Divinity especially set over our soul, and its entire series of divine beings, as well as through the Celestial Demiurge, who are the sources and bestowers of Gnosis.
Hellenic Faith affirms and recognizes that Divine Souls are within all humanity, and therefore both Julian Hellenism and the Hellenic Faith website are for all people without discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, race, nationality, social status, or sexual orientation.
We affirm the religion of Emperor Julian and the divine practices of theourgia as founded through the truth of the One as revealed by the Purified Souls of Orpheus, Pythagoras, Socrates, and Plato, enduring through the generations as a great chain of wisdom, and guided by the Celestial Demiurge and the holy Platonic successors and theurgists.
Hellenic Faith affirms the use of divinely inspired and sacred writings that reveal the Divine messages of faith, truth, and love throughout written history, with particular great respect to the works of divinely inspired poets such as Homer and Hesiod; as well as great philosophers such as Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, Iamblichus, Julian and their successors; as well as the Chaldean Oracles; among other texts, as important sources for these teachings.
Hellenic Faith affirms the use of a reconstructionist methodology of practice to attempt to rebuild what has been lost and avoid hubris by upholding proper practice.
Hellenic Faith affirms the adherence to the religion of the divine Emperor Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus, known simply as Julian the Philosopher, and strives to reconstruct his religion and adapt it to modern day.
(Special thanks to Ekklesia Neoplatonismos Theourgia for inspiration)