Both, indeed, were in lineage one, and of the same country,Thereby the poet plainly declares that the primacy of Zeus is nobler since it is elder in knowledge and in [p. 9] wisdom. I think also that a source of happiness in the eternal life, which is the lot of God, is that events which come to pass do not escape His prescience. But if His knowledge and meditation on the nature of Existence should be taken away, then, to my mind, His immortality is not living, but a mere lapse of time.5
Yet was Zeus the earlier born and his knowledge was greater.
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1 The priestess for whom Plutarch composed his collection of stories about the Bravery of Women (Moralia, 242 e ff.).
2 Cf. Plutarch, Moralia, 780 f - 781 a and 355 c, infra.
3 Cf. Themistius, Oration xxxiii. p. 365 b-d.
4 Iliad, xiii. 354; quoted also in Moralia, 32 a, and Life and Writings of Homer, ii. 114.
5 Cf. Moralia, 781 a.