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Lucian, The Sky-Man, 25

nanSo talking, we reached the spot where he was to sit and listen to the prayers. There was a row of openings with lids like well covers, and a chair of gold by each. Zeus took his seat at the first, lifted off the lid and inclined his ear. From every quarter of Earth were coming the most various and contradictory petitions; for I too bent down my head and listened. Here are specimens. ‘O Zeus, that I might be king!’ ‘O Zeus, that my onions and garlic might thrive!’ ‘Ye Gods, a speedy death for my father!’ Or again, ‘Would that I might succeed to my wife’s property!’ ‘Grant that my plot against my brother be not detected.’ ‘Let me win my suit.’ ‘Give me an Olympic garland.’ Of those at sea, one prayed for a north, another for a south wind; the farmer asked for rain, the fuller for sun. Zeus listened, and gave each prayer careful consideration, but without promising to grant them all;Our Father this bestowed, and that withheld.Righteous prayers he allowed to come up through the hole, received and laid them down at his right, while he sent the unholy ones packing with a downward puff of breath, that Heaven might not be defiled by their entrance. In one case I saw him puzzled; two men praying for opposite things and promising the same sacrifices, he could not tell which of them to favour, and experienced a truly Academic suspense of judgement, showing a reserve and equilibrium worthy of Pyrrho himself.

Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Aeschylus, Suppliant Women, 463, 429 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

429. ἀπὸ βρετέων βίᾳ
2. Cicero, On The Nature of The Gods, 2.164 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

2.164. Nor is the care and providence of the immortal gods bestowed only upon the human race in its entirety, but it is also wont to be extended to individuals. We may narrow down the entirety of the human race and bring it gradually down to smaller and smaller groups, and finally to single individuals. For if we believe, for the reasons that we have spoken of before, that the gods care for all human beings everywhere in every coast and region of the lands remote from this continent in which we dwell, then they care also for the men who inhabit with us these lands between the sunrise and the sunset.
3. Lucian, Sacrifices, 2 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

4. Lucian, The Sky-Man, 26 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

26. The prayers disposed of, he went on to the next chair and opening, and attended to oaths and their takers. These done with, and Hermodorus the Epicurean annihilated, he proceeded to the next chair to deal with omens, prophetic voices, and auguries. Then came the turn of the sacrifice aperture, through which the smoke came up and communicated to Zeus the name of the devotee it represented. After that, he was free to give his wind and weather orders:— Rain for Scythia today, a thunderstorm for Libya, snow for Greece. The north wind he instructed to blow in Lydia, the west to raise a storm in the Adriatic, the south to take a rest; a thousand bushels of hail to be distributed over Cappadocia.
5. Maximus of Tyre, Dialexeis, 5.7 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
amulets Edmonds (2019) 150
aristippus of cyrene Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29
aristophanes Naiden (2013) 40
brehier,é. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
burns,d.m. Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
christianity Edmonds (2019) 150
cicero Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
conche,m. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
curses Edmonds (2019) 150
cyrenaic Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29
dal pra,m. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
desire Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29
divination Del Lucchese (2019) 239
giannantoni,g. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
god and the divine Del Lucchese (2019) 239
graf,f. Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
hankinson,r. j. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
ley,h. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
lucian Del Lucchese (2019) 239; Naiden (2013) 40
lucian of samosata Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29, 70
maximus of tyre Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
mayhew,r. Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29
olympus,mount Naiden (2013) 40
plato Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29
prayer,criticism of Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29, 70
prayer,petitionary Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29, 70
prayer Edmonds (2019) 150
priest Edmonds (2019) 150
providence Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
pyrrho of elis Del Lucchese (2019) 239
reale,g. Del Lucchese (2019) 239
reciprocity Edmonds (2019) 150
rite,ritual Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
rome Edmonds (2019) 150
sacrifice Edmonds (2019) 150
sextus empiricus Del Lucchese (2019) 239
socrates Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29
stoa,stoic(ism) Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70
tartarus Naiden (2013) 40
theology Dillon and Timotin (2015) 29, 70
zeus' Naiden (2013) 40
zeus Del Lucchese (2019) 239; Dillon and Timotin (2015) 70; Edmonds (2019) 150