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I hesitate, lest this be the moving of things immovable1 and not only ‘warring against the long years of time,’ as Simonides2 has it, but warring, too, [p. 57] against ‘many a nation and race of men’ who are possessed by a feeling of piety towards these gods, and thus we should not stop short of transplanting such names from the heavens to the earth, and eliminating and dissipating the reverence and faith implanted in nearly all mankind at birth, opening wide the great doors to the godless throng, degrading things divine to the human level, and giving a splendid licence to the deceitful utterances of Euhemerus of Messene,who of himself drew up copies of an incredible and non-existent mythology,3 and spread atheism over the whole inhabited earth by obliterating the gods of our belief and converting them all alike into names of generals, admirals, and kings, who, forsooth, lived in very ancient times and are recorded in inscriptions written in golden letters at Panchon, which no foreigner and no Greek had ever happened to meet with, save only Euhemerus. He, it seems, made a voyage to the Panchoans and Triphyllians, who never existed anywhere on earth and do not exist!

1 Proverbial; cf. e.g. Plato, Laws, 684 d.

2 Cf. Bergk, Poet. Lyr. Graec. iii., Simonides, no. 193, and Edmonds, Lyra Graeca, ii. p. 340 in L.C.L.

3 Doubtless ἱερὰ ἀναγραφή (sacra scriptio); see Diodorus, v. 41-46, and vi. 1.

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