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Tiresias: The Ancient Mediterranean Religions Source Database



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Plutarch, Beasts Are Rational, 992d


nanFor just as one tree is not more nor less inanimate than another, but they are all in the same state of insensibility, since none is endowed with soul, in the same way one animal would not be thought to be more sluggish or indocile mentally than another if they did not all possess reason and intellect to some degree — though some have a greater or less proportion than others. Please note that cases of dullness and stupidity in some animals are demonstrated by the cleverness and sharpness of others — as when you compare an ass and a sheep with a fox or a wolf or a bee. It is like comparing Polyphemus to you or that dunce Coroebus to your grandfather Autolycus.


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animal sacrifice, reason in animals' Simmons, Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Conflict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian (1995) 306
platonism, transmigration of souls Simmons, Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Conflict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian (1995) 306
porphyry, philosophia ex oraculis, celestial deities Simmons, Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Conflict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian (1995) 306