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Page 61 - Imagination ... wrought these works, a wiser and s.ubtler artist by far than imitation; for imitation can only create as its handiwork what it has seen, but imagination equally what it has not seen; for it will conceive of its ideal with reference to the reality,18 and imitation is often baffled by terror, but imagination by nothing; for it marches undismayed to the goal which it has itself laid down.
Page 117 - Tarsus, met him and ordered a search to be made for the dog which had done the harm. But they said that the dog had not been found, because the youth had been attacked outside the wall when he was practising with javelins, nor could they learn from the patient what the dog was like, for he did not even know himself any more. Then Apollonius reflected a moment and said: "O Damis, the dog is a white shaggy sheep-dog, as big as an Amphilochian hound, and he is standing at a certain fountain trembling...
Page 499 - Nay you cannot even take my body, 'for thou shall not slay me, since I tell thee I am not mortal.'" And then after this famous utterance, we are told that he vanished from the court, and this is the conclusion of the whole drama. XXXV Now in regard to the miracle in the prison, which CHAP.
Page 355 - VIII. 7. Even after his death Apollonius returned to convince a sceptical young disciple that he still lived. In oracular hexameters he proclaimed : "The soul is immortal, and 'tis no possession of thine own, but of Providence, And after the body is wasted away, like a swift horse freed from its traces, It lightly leaps forward and mingles itself with the light air, Loathing the spell of harsh and painful servitude which it has endured. But for thee, what use is there in this ? Some day when thou...
Page 345 - ... occurrence, and the slayers whom the Master had cheered on, all exactly as if the gods had revealed every particular to him while he was lecturing. 27. A month later he was notified by a letter from Nerva that he had taken over the Roman Empire by the procurement of the gods and of Apollonius, and that he would more easily retain it if Apollonius would come to him as his adviser. The Master wrote him in reply what seemed at the time to be a dark saying: "O Emperor, we shall confer with one another...
Page 11 - I do not know, but he has been suing here for their pardon seven months now, without obtaining it yet." Apollonius rejoined: "Such men as you describe are no Sages, if they are unwilling to purify this man, and do not know that the Philiscus whom he slew was a descendant of Thamus the Egyptian, who once ravaged the lands of the Gymnosophists.
Page 273 - ... sacrifices, or to certain incantations or anointings But Apollonius submitted himself to the decrees of the Fates, and only foretold that things must come to pass; and his foreknowledge was gained not by wizardry, but from what the gods revealed to him.2 Apollonius himself spoke in this way about prophecy: For the gods perceive what lies in the future, and men what is going on before them, and wise men what is approaching.3 1 Philostratus, op. cit. i, pp. 391 ff.
Page 257 - On the other hand linen is grown and sown everywhere, and there is no talk of gold in connection with it. Nevertheless, because it is not plucked from the back of a living animal, the Indians regard it as pure, and so do the Egyptians, and I myself and Pythagoras on this account have adopted it as our garb when we are discoursing or praying or offering sacrifice. And it is a pure substance under which to sleep of a night, for to those who live as I dreams bring the truest of their revelations.
Page 219 - Damis says that it was then for the first time that he really and truly understood the nature of Apollonius, to wit that it was divine and superhuman, for without any sacrifice — and how in prison could he have offered any? — and without a single prayer, without even a word, he quietly laughed at the fetters, and then inserted his leg in them afresh, and behaved like a prisoner once more (7.38).
Page 493 - Philostratus' own text supplies, nevertheless, it we allow this particular story to be true, I should certainly say that his apprehension of futurity was anyhow in some cases, though it was not so in all, due to some uncanny contrivance of a demon that was his familiar. This is clearly proved by the fact that he did not retain his gift of foreknowledge uniformly and in all cases; but was at fault in most cases, and had through ignorance to make enquiries, as he would not have needed to do, if he...