Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek Philosophers on Myth and Cosmology
In this book I present the Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, the myths, and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).
He goes on to tell how "some envious neighbours" have added to the story of the gods inviting a human being, Tantalus, to join them, that they cut him up and devoured him. "Far be it from me to call any one of the blessed gods a cannibal! I stand aloof." He did not object to the idea of the gods acting, even mercilessly, toward humans — but as a punishment, well deserved, and not for some deranged pleasure of theirs.
Pindar. Roman copy of a Greek 5th Century portrait.
And, while the body of all men is subject to over-mastering death, an image of life remaineth alive, for it alone cometh from the gods. But it sleepeth, while the limbs are active; yet, to them that sleep, in many a dream it giveth presage of a decision of things delightful or doleful.
LiteratureSandys, John, The Odes of Pindar, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1946.
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