Xenophanes of Colophon
!!!Satires (10) Since all at first have learned according to Homer . . . . (11) Homer and Hesiod have ascribed to the gods all things that are a shame and a disgrace among mortals, stealings and adulteries and deceivings of one another. R. P. 99. (12) Since they have uttered many lawless deeds of the gods, stealings and adulteries and deceivings of one another. R. P. ib. (14) But mortals deem that the gods are begotten as they are, and have clothes like theirs, and voice and form. R. P. 100. (15) Yes, and if oxen and horses or lions had hands, and could paint with their hands, and produce works of art as men do, horses would paint the forms of the gods like horses, and oxen like oxen, and make their bodies in the image of their several kinds. R. P. ib. (16) The Ethiopians make their gods black and snub-nosed; the Thracians say theirs have blue eyes and red hair. R. P. 100 b. (18) The gods have not revealed all things to men from the beginning, but by seeking they find in time what is better. R. P 104 b. (23) One god, the greatest among gods and men, neither in form like unto mortals nor in thought . . . . R. P. 100. (24) He sees all over, thinks all over, and hears all over. R. P. 102. (25) But without toil he sways all things by the thought of his mind. R. P. 108 b. (26) And he abides ever in the selfsame place, moving not at all; nor does it befit him to go about now here now there. R. P. 110 a. (27) All things come from the earth, and in earth all things end. R. P. 103 a. (28) This limit of the earth above is seen at our feet in contact with the air; below it reaches down without a limit. R. P. 103. (29) All things are earth and water that come into being and grow. R. P. 103. (30) The sea is the source of water and the source of wind; for neither in the clouds (would there be any blasts of wind blowing forth) from within without the mighty sea, nor rivers’ streams nor rain-water from the sky. The mighty sea is father of clouds and of winds and of rivers. R. P. 103. (31) The sun swinging over the earth and warming it . . . . (32) She that they call Iris is a cloud likewise, purple, scarlet and green to behold. R. P. 103. (33) For we all are born of earth and water. R. P. ib. (34) There never was nor will be a man who has certain knowledge about the gods and about all the things I speak of. Even if he should chance to say the complete truth, yet he himself knows not that it is so. But all may have their fancy. R. P. 104. (35) Let these be taken as fancies something like the truth. R. P. 104 a. (36) All of them that are visible for mortals to behold. (37) And in some caves water drips . . . . (38) If god had not made brown honey, men would think figs far sweeter than they do. Early Greek Philosophy by John Burnet, 3rd edition (1920). London: A & C Black Ltd.
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