Arch Ologia Gr CA; Or, the Antiquities of Greece Volume 1

Arch Ologia Gr CA; Or, the Antiquities of Greece Volume 1

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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. 1795 edition. Excerpt: the caufe of them, the Boeotians made him no other anfwtr, than that they were obliged to obferve the cuftoms of their anceftors, but thought themfelves not bound to give foreigners any reafon for them. The only animal almoil unlawful to be facrificcd, was the ploughing and labouring ox; and from him the Athenians abftained, becaufe he alillcd them in tilling the ground, and was, as it were, man's fellow labourer, faith Ylilinn (a). Nor did the Athenians only, but almoit all other nations think it a very great criiue to kill this creature, infomuch that the offender was thought to deferve death, faith Varro ( ): ./Elian (c) in particular, witneffeth as much of the Phrygians j and Pliny (d) in his Natural Hiftory mentions a perfon banifhed Rome on that account. But in latter times, as Plutarch (/) tells us, fhey were ufed at feafts, and then it was no wonder if they were alfo facrificed to the gods, and that they were fo Lucian (/") affures us. Nay, to eat and facrifice oxen, came at length to be fo common, that fSuBvriiv was ufed as a general term in the place of S-TM, maElare. Thus in Ariftophanes (g); The perfon who firft adventured to kill a labouring ox, was Cecrops, according to Eufebius, as was obferved in the beginning of this chapter. Aratus charges it upon the men of the brazen age h); But Theon, in his commentary upon that paffage, affirms the killing of Vol. I. E e labouring labouring oxen, to have been held unlawful in the time of the Trojad war, and that the company of Ulyffes, who are reported by Homer to have fuffered very much for their impiety in killing the facred oxen of the fun, were ouly guilty of killing the ploughing and labouring oxen, by whole affiftance we are nourished and fee the fun. He farther adds, more

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