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The Goddess Isis Intervenes - An extract fromThe Golden Ass by Apuleius [120 - circa 180]. It's all too easy to assume that the Greeks and Romans never really believed in all those outlandish gods and goddesses. I mean, no one believes a word of it now do they? The ancients weren't stupid - surely they just regarded them as myths and legends? On first reading this passage I was immediately struck by the depth and sincerity of the beliefs expressed. It seems that religious convictions 1800 years ago were every bit as real to their adherents as they are today.
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon - Extracts from the daily musings of a lady of the imperial court in tenth century Japan.
Deuteronomy Chapter 28 is a fascinating insight into the hopes and fears of an ancient people.
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