Sallust on the Gods and the World: And the Pythagoric Sentences of Demophilus, Translated from the Greek; and Five Hymns by Proclus, in the Original Greek, with a Poetical Version. To which are Added, Five Hymns by the Translator

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Page iii - Sallust on the Gods and the World; and the Pythagoric Sentences of Demophilus, Translated from the Greek; and Five Hymns by Proclus, in the Original Greek, with a Poetical Version. To Which Are Added, Five Hymns by the Translator.
Page 16 - ... the banquet denotes the supermundane powers of the gods; and on this account they subsist in conjunction with each other: but the golden apple denotes the world, which, on account of its composition from contrary natures, is not improperly said to be thrown by Discord, or strife. But again...
Page 16 - But we may perceive the mixed kind of fables, as well in many other particulars, as when they relate, that Discord, at a banquet of the gods, threw a golden apple, and that a dispute about it arising among the goddesses, they were sent by Jupiter to take the judgment of Paris, who, charmed with the beauty of Venus, gave her the apple in preference to the rest.
Page 102 - Divinity sends evil to men, not as being influenced by anger, but for the sake of purification ; for anger is foreign from Divinity, since it arises from circumstances taking place contrary to the will; but nothing contrary to the will can happen to a god.
Page 147 - Oh, fprung from matchlefs might, with joyful mind Accept this hymn ; benevolent and kind ! The holy gates of wifdom by thy hand Are wide unfolded ; and the daring band 10 Of earth-born giants, that in impious fight Strove with thy fire, were vanquifh'd by thy might.
Page 10 - ... to all men that there are gods; but who they are, and of what kind, they alone manifeft to fuch as are capable of fo exalted a knowledge. In fables too, the energies of the gods are imitated; for the world may very properly be called a fable, fince bodies, and the corporeal pofleflions which it contains, are apparent, but fouls and intellects are occult and iuvifible.
Page 101 - Divinity such things as, when obtained, you cannot preserve; for no gift of Divinity can ever be taken away; and on this account he does not confer that which you are unable to retain. 2. Be vigilant in your intellectual part; for sleep about this has an affinity with real death.
Page 50 - Fortune is that divine power which disposes things differing from each other, and happening contrary to expectation, to beneficent purposes.
Page 71 - Gods through similitude : but when vicious, we are separated from them through dissimilitude. And while we live according to virtue, we partake of the Gods, but when we become evil, we cause them to become our enemies ; not that they are angry, but because guile prevents us from receiving the illuminations of the Gods, and subjects us to the power of avenging demons.
Page 113 - The ftrength of the foul is temperance ; for this is the light of a foul deftitute of paffions': but it is much better to die than to darken the foul through the intemperance of the body. 40. You cannot eafily denominate that man happy who depends either on his friends or children, or on any fleeting and fallen nature ; for all thefe are unftable and uncertain : but to depend on one's felf and on Divinity is alone.

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