Apollodorus; The Library Volume 2

Apollodorus; The Library Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...believed by the ancient Greeks to be equally effectual in prolonging the lives of the infants, or rather in rendering them immortal, by stripping off their mortal flesh and leaving only the immortal element.'2 Thus the Greeks apparently reposed a robust faith in the renovating virtue both of roasting and boiling, but they drew a delicate distinction between the two, for while they roasted babies, they boiled old people, at least theoretically, like the Wajagga of Mount Kilimandjaro. Nor are these the only modes in which the primitive natural philosopher has attempted to repair the decaying energies of human and animal life by a judicious application of what we may call thermodynamics: for this purpose he has often either leaped over fire or walked deliberately over glowing stones and has driven his flocks and herds through the smoke and the flames. These experiments in the art of prolonging life, by cauterising, so to say, the germs that threaten its continuation, have been described by me elsewhere.3 1 Bruno Gutman, Dichlen und Denken der Dschagganeger (Leipsic, 1906), p. 162. 5 Above, pp. 311 sqq. 3 Balder the Beautiful, vol. ii. pp. 1 sqq., "The-Firewalk." Compare Adonis, Attis, Osiris, vol. i. pp. 179 sqq., "Purification by Fire." VII.--The Resurrection Op Glaucus (Apdllodorus m. iii. 1) Other ancient writers relate, like Apollodorus, how the seer Polyidus restored the dead Glaucus to life by laying on him a magical herb which he had seen a serpent apply with similar effect to a dead serpent.1 A similar story was told of the resurrection of a Lydian legendary hero named Tylon or Tylus. It is said that one day as he was walking on the banks of the Hermus a serpent stung and killed him. His distressed sister, Moire, had...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520041
  • 9781236520043