polytheist extractions

The Epistles of Diogenes 36.1-30

The Epistles of Diogenes 36.1-30:

“I came to Cyzicus and, while making my way along the road, I saw this written on a doorway: ‘The son of Zeus, the gloriously triumphant Herakles, lives here. Let no evil enter.’ Then after going on a bit, I saw another door with the same iambic verse written on it.

“But what,” I continued, “do you citizens of Cyzicus consider to be evil?”
“Sickness, poverty, death, things of that sort,” he said.
“Then you believe that if these should enter your house they will harm you; but if not, they will do you no injury and that is why you put this verse up?”


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