The Cults of the Greek States, Volume 3

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Clarendon Press, 1907 - Cults

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Page 394 - Tum porro nitidas fruges arbustaque laeta gentibus humanis habet unde extollere possit, unde etiam fluvios frondis et pabula laeta montivago generi possit praebere ferarum. Quare magna deum mater materque ferarum et nostri genetrix haec dicta est corporis una.
Page 197 - Maenad's frenzy might give, but at least the feeling of intimacy and friendship with the deities, and a strong current of sympathy was established by the mystic contact. But these deities, the mother and the daughter and the dark god in the background, were the powers that governed the world beyond the grave : those who had won their friendship by initiation in this life would by the simple logic of faith regard themselves as certain to win blessing at their hands in the next. And this, as far as...
Page 179 - ... are being initiated into great mysteries. ... At first one wanders and wearily hurries to and fro, and journeys with suspicion through the dark as one uninitiated: then come all the terrors before the final initiation, shuddering, trembling, sweating, amazement: then one is struck with a marvelous light, one is received into pure regions and meadows with voices and dances and the majesty of holy sounds and shapes...
Page 326 - Zephyr is felicibus album . alii dicunt favere nuptiis Cererem, quod prima nupserit lovi et condendis urbibus praesit, ut Calvus docet et leges 40 sanctas docuit et cara iugavit corpora conubüs et magnas condidit urbes; nam ideo et aratri sulco clauditur civitas, vel quod eandem Terram volunt et in eadem urbes exstructas.
Page 370 - Semela natum, non eum, quem nostri maiores auguste sancteque [Liberum] cum Cerere et Libera consecraverunt, quod quale sit, ex mysteriis intellegi potest. Sed quod ex nobis natos 'liberos...
Page 197 - When we have weighed all the evidence and remember the extraordinary fascination a spectacle exercised upon the Greek temperament, the solution of the problem is not so remote or so perplexing. The solemn fast and preparation, the mystic food eaten and drunk, the moving passionplay, the extreme sanctity of the...
Page 187 - I have eaten from the timbrel, I have drunk from the cymbal, I have carried the sacred vessel, I have crept under the bridal-chamber," belongs, not to Eleusis, but, as Clement and Firmicus Maternus themselves attest, to Phrygia and to Attis.
Page 192 - The initiated do not learn anything so much as feel certain emotions and are put in a certain frame of mind'.

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