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These things are about the same as was that done by Assyria, and by Phrygia & Lydia. But if you should go to Egypt, then and only then, will you see sacred matters truly worthy of heaven! Zeus has a rams’-face, Hermes — the best of them all — has a dog-face; and Pan is all goat. One is a ibis, another a crocodile or an ape.
If you want to gain a good understanding of all this stuff, you can learn a lot from sages and scribes and prophets (shaved and discoursing) — after they say the word and close the door on the commoners. — How after the war and uprising of the giants, the gods were frightened and fled to Egypt, and here they escaped the attack. One hiding as a goat, another like a ram, others as a beast or bird, and so now the gods are protected by these forms.
These things are not to be overlooked in their shrines, having been kept there for more than ten thousand years!
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