After Life in Roman Paganism; Lectures Delivered at Yale University on the Silliman Foundation Volume 4

After Life in Roman Paganism; Lectures Delivered at Yale University on the Silliman Foundation Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...of the sect answered, "The sun and the moon. ' "5 For them the heavenly bodies were moving islands Washed by a luminous fluid, which their swift motion caused to sound about them. These thinkers, who debated all the scientific hypotheses, accepted the plurality of worlds. The heavenly bodies were other earths surrounded by air and rolling in the boundless ether. The moon in particular was designated as the "ethereal" or ' ' Olympic earth, ' ' and in the moon lay the Elysian Fields, the meadows of Hades, in which the shades of the heroes rested. Pythagoras himself, promoted to the rank of an immortal spirit, rejoiced there among the sages. Persephone, assimilated to Artemis, reigned over this kingdom. Did not the moon, like her, transfer itself alternately above and below the earth? The planets were this huntress's hounds which, ever in chase, were scouring the fields of space around her in every direction. The authors of Pythagorean apocalypses peopled the mountains and valleys of the moon with fantastic animals, stronger than ours, and with strange plants, more vigorous than those of our globe. The inhabitants of the moon, fed on the vapours of the atmosphere, were not liable to human needs. In his "True Histories," Lucian" parodied these mad imaginings with comic exaggeration and ludicrous obscenity. A curious fragment of Castor of Rhodes gives an instance of an unexpected application of these beliefs." This historian, who lived at the end of the Republic, had the idea of interpreting Roman customs by the Pythagorean doctrines which Nigidius Figulus and his circle of theosophists had brought back into fashion (p. 22). In particular he explained by more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236739213
  • 9781236739216