Sallust, Part II: Remixing ON THE GODS AND THE WORLD XV


Why we honour the Gods, who are not indigent of any thing.

From hence we are presented with a solution of the doubts concerning sacrifices and other particulars relative to the cultivation of divinity;

Woman looking out to sea (Unsplash)

for that which is divine is not indigent of any thing.

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But the honours which we pay to the gods, are performed for the sake of our advantage:

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and since the providence of the gods is every where extended, a certain habitude, or fitness, is all that is requisite in order to receive their beneficent communications.

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But all habitude is produced through imitation and similitude;

The relief panels on the frieze of the Tower of the Winds. The wind god Zephyrus

and hence temples imitate the heavens,


but altars the earth;

Altar of Zeus at the Ancient Agora of Athens

statues resemble life, and on this account they are similar to animals [living things];

NAMABG-Aphaia Athena statue

and prayers imitate that which is intellectual;

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but characters,

friedmann equation

Magical book Kircherian Terme

superior ineffable powers;

CMS Higgs-event

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herbs and stones resemble matter;

Robert H Treman State Park

and animals which are sacrificed, the irrational life of our souls.

Baby goats

But from all these nothing happens to the gods beyond what they already possess; for what accession can be made to a divine nature?

A Roman Offering - JWW

But a conjunction with our souls and the gods is by this means produced.

Eros e Psyche

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