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By Eric Robertson Dodds

ISBN-10: 0521385997

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Drawing at the plentiful fabric to be had for the learn of spiritual adventure in overdue antiquity, Professor Dodds examines the non-public spiritual attitudes and reviews universal to pagans and Christians within the interval among Marcus Aurelius and Constantine. World-hatred and asceticism, desires and states of ownership, and pagan and Christian mysticism are all mentioned. ultimately, Dodds considers either pagan perspectives of Christianity and Christian perspectives of paganism as they emerge within the literature of the time. even though basically written for social and non secular historians, this examine also will attract all these drawn to the traditional global and its notion.

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By Eric Robertson Dodds

ISBN-10: 0521385997

ISBN-13: 9780521385992

Drawing at the plentiful fabric to be had for the learn of spiritual adventure in overdue antiquity, Professor Dodds examines the non-public spiritual attitudes and reviews universal to pagans and Christians within the interval among Marcus Aurelius and Constantine. World-hatred and asceticism, desires and states of ownership, and pagan and Christian mysticism are all mentioned. ultimately, Dodds considers either pagan perspectives of Christianity and Christian perspectives of paganism as they emerge within the literature of the time. even though basically written for social and non secular historians, this examine also will attract all these drawn to the traditional global and its notion.

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Ovwv. Cf. -Cumont, us Magts hellmisls (1938), D, pp. ~7S-8~. 1 a Cor. , 4; Epbes. ii. ~; Origen, c. 2 = VOlker, Qllelkn, p. ans); H. Lewy, Chaldat411 Oraclts 111111 Theutgy (1956), pp. ~8~ ff. , &c. 4). 1 But I doubt if it is to be explained entirdy in terms of historical derivation. • These structures draw their imagery from many sources, u 1 S. Pm-cmmt:. , p. 1 S1· 1 E. de Faye, GnostiqJUs n GtuJsticismt (1925), pp. 469 tT. Much confusion arises from the different senses in which different writen have used the tarns 'Gnosticism' and 'Gnosis'.

Taken together, they suggest that Marcus experienced in a severe fonn what modem psychologists call a 'crisis of identity'. ce pleasing to God (~ esu """·· 8). 1 I have dUcussed tbe origins of the idea in Grttlu, eh. v. 'M. 37; M. , Yit. s, Vu. u. 909 A. Cf. 11, girls should never cake baths lest they should see their own bodies naked. , Sto. I6J-s; Origen, c. p, 'In itself bodily nature is not involved in evil'. 29 Pagan and Christian in an Age of Anxiety a Desert Father expressed it, 'I am killing it because it is killing me'.

6S-8~). 3 : cf. , 64·4· For Origen 'the whole material creation is thus a result of sin, its purpose is to serve as a purgatory, and it would have been much better if there had never been any need for it' {A. H. Armstrong, An lntrodwaion to Ancitnt Philosophy (1947), p. 173). 1 Celsus apud Origeo. c. } Tr£-UTWad. Ovwv. Cf. -Cumont, us Magts hellmisls (1938), D, pp. ~7S-8~. 1 a Cor. , 4; Epbes. ii. ~; Origen, c. 2 = VOlker, Qllelkn, p. ans); H. Lewy, Chaldat411 Oraclts 111111 Theutgy (1956), pp.

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