Ancient Fragments of the Phoenician, ChaldÆan, Egyptian, Tyrian, Carthaginian, Indian, Persian, and Other Writers: With an Introductory Dissertation and an Inquiry Into the Philosophy and Trinity of the Ancients

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W. Pickering, 1832 - History, Ancient - 751 pages

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Page xvi - So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth : and they left off to build the city.
Page xlii - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Page 239 - God is he that has the head of a hawk. He is the first, indestructible, eternal, unbegotten, indivisible, dissimilar ; the dispenser of all good ; incorruptible ; the best of the good, the wisest of the wise...
Page 27 - ... fearlessly to the deep. Having asked the deity whither he was to sail, he was answered: 'To the Gods;' upon which he offered up a prayer for the good of mankind.
Page 39 - ... by building three walls about the inner city, and three about the outer. Some of these walls he built of burnt brick and bitumen, and some of brick only.
Page 29 - ... them that it was upon account of his piety that he was translated to live with the gods ; that his wife and daughter, and the pilot, had obtained the same honour.
Page 173 - Syria; but that as they were in fear of the Assyrians, who had then the dominion over Asia, they built a city in that country which is now called Judea, and that large enough to contain this great number of men, and called it Jerusalem.
Page 18 - Egyptians ; for this animal was esteemed by him to be the most inspired of all the reptiles, and of a fiery nature, inasmuch as it exhibits an incredible celerity, moving by its spirit without either hands or feet, or any of those external members by which other animals effect their motion, and in its progress it assumes a variety of forms, moving in a spiral course, and darting forwards with whatever degree of swiftness it pleases.
Page 287 - ... are nothing else than charms for the cure of evils, and observations of the risings and settings of the stars, and prognostications of future events. For it seems that they esteem the Sun to be the demiurgus, and hold that the legends about Osiris and Isis, and all other their mythological fables, have reference either to the stars, their appearances and occultations, and the periods of their risings, or to the increase and decrease of the moon, or to the cycles of the sun, or the diurnal and...
Page 355 - Chaldean and Persian Oracles of Zoroaster, Fire. Sun. Ether. Fire. Light. Ether. From the later Platonists, Power. Intellect. Father. Power. Intellect. Soul or Spirit. By the ancient theologists, according to Macrobius, the sun was invoked in the mysteries, as Power of the World. Light of the World. Spirit of the World. To which may perhaps be added, from Sanchoniatho, the three sons of Genus, Fire. Light. Flame.

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