intellect, conformably to a similitude to all-perfect animal. But he addsa second hypostasis, which divides the world according to wholes, andthe production of total parts; soul and the corporeal-formed nature* Tim. 30b-31b.**existing according to this hypostasis. For intellect is entirely unbegotten,as we have said, because it is without generation and indivisible; exceptthat it proceeds in an unbegotten manner, from the providence of theDemiurgus. But he calls the nature which receives intellect, theevolution* itself into light of soul. For the Demiurgus himself placesthe circles of soul in intellect, unfolding it without division, as beingimpartible, and without figure, as being perfectly unfigured. And hedelivers after this, the third hypostasis of the universe, dividing itaccording to parts, and giving perfection to each of the parts. For he
delivers to us, how fire and air, water and earth are generated.** But inthe last place, he surveys the energy of fabrication which is effective of body; and neither in this does he descend to particulars,+ but abides in
the whole elements. For the total fabrication is the fabrication of
wholes, and of total parts. But he delivers the formation of individuals,and of things which are truly partial, to the junior Gods; in order thatimitating the providence of their father about wholes, they also mayreceive a similar fabrication about particulars, and may have that analogyto him which he has to the intelligible paradigm. For being intellectualas with reference to this paradigm, and having the order of intellect, aswith relation to intelligible intellect, he becomes himself intelligible tothe mundane Gods.As we have said therefore, fabrication being triple, the first, accordingto wholeness, the second, according to a division into wholes, and thethird, according to a division into parts , + Plato now intends to deliverto us the middle or second fabrication; having indeed a transition of thiskind consentaneous from things themselves; and having also anopportune progression to this from what had been before said. Forsince he had defined the world to be one visible animal, comprehendingwithin it all such things as are naturally allied to it; that the worldindeed is one, he demonstrated from the onlyness of the paradigm;0
but that it is visible, and that it is comprehensive of all kindred natures,is rendered manifest to us by the division of the universe into wholes.
Tim. 31b; 32b.§ For
• In other words fabrication is either Jovian, or Dionysiacal, or Adonaical, as was