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Papyrus of Paris, called a Mithraic liturgy, affords us the most characteristic example of the use of these magical processes. But more often the priests professed to give the soul a god to lead it on its perilous journey through the whirlwinds of air, water, and fire to the starry heavens. Among the dead, says a ) funeral inscription,1 there are two companies one moves upon the earth, the other in the ether among the choirs of stars I belong to the latter, for I have obtained a god as my...

Ioi

Give it the pre-eminence over all the other senses, for the eyes are to them the intermediaries between the sidereal gods and human reason. Struck by the light from on high, the power of sight devotes itself to following the motions of these radiant bodies, which move above us. It ascertains that the course of the sun, which occasions the changes of the seasons, the phases of the moon, the rising and the setting of the fixed stars, even the march of the planets which appear to be wandering...

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It would appear that Plato in his old age received a Chaldean guest, who was able to instruct him in the discoveries made by his compatriots. It seems to me to be beyond doubt that the influence of oriental star-worship upon the Epinomis was much more extensive than has hitherto been admitted. It is not from the Pythagoreans that the author borrows, but, as he himself says, from the Syrians. We find set forth or indicated in this brief dialogue the fundamental doctrines,...