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Mhykiel
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7/12/2015 4:04:33 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2015 1:15:49 PM, Nicoszon_the_Great wrote:
Does anyone have any good ideas for books that I may be able to find at a library?

What's the interest?

For me the path into reading about the greco-roman gods came from art. Many pieces of artwork and poetry allude to names, places, and events in the greco-roman mythology to form analogies.

Best compilation of those myths that became a great resource for understanding artwork is Ovid's Metamorphoses.
Emilrose
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7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM
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Ewww you Pagan.
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7/12/2015 10:25:25 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2015 4:04:33 PM, Mhykiel wrote:
At 7/12/2015 1:15:49 PM, Nicoszon_the_Great wrote:
Does anyone have any good ideas for books that I may be able to find at a library?

What's the interest?

For me the path into reading about the greco-roman gods came from art. Many pieces of artwork and poetry allude to names, places, and events in the greco-roman mythology to form analogies.

Best compilation of those myths that became a great resource for understanding artwork is Ovid's Metamorphoses.

I'm interested in learning more about Athena specifically, but the Gods seem to be a decent metaphor of the human condition.
celestialtorahteacher
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7/12/2015 10:41:57 PM
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They are. In fact Gnostic Christians conceived an emanation of human emotions from a Godhead as angels, like mini gods, and that went for pagan gods in general representing emotional states or otherwise human attributes, e.g. Fortuna, Goddess of Luck, e.g. Venus, Goddess of Love.

Silly monotheists attempt to make a claim for a Single God of All but really, they can't do it, as our human minds just refuse to comprehend God as less than the way we are, male and females, that's two divisions of "God" right there. That's why even the religions claiming God is an unknown abstract Thing call God "Father" and treat God as if It were a Man with male feelings and attributes of men.

Because Abrahamic religions are based on swearing allegiance to this or that set of religious beliefs and rules in a religious loyalty oath type of way and not based on spiritual contact with God which is left to others, the prophets of old and their writers in the Bible, Abrahamic believers are taught to make war against other types of worship of God or gods representing a Cosmic Order. But its all the same human attempt to make sense of reality by structuring it in religious mythological terms.
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7/12/2015 11:17:49 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2015 1:15:49 PM, Nicoszon_the_Great wrote:
Does anyone have any good ideas for books that I may be able to find at a library?

Hesiod's Theogeny, and Ovid's Metmorphoses. I like Sandys' translation of the Metamorphoses in particular.
"The Collectivist experiment is thoroughly suited (in appearance at least) to the Capitalist society which it proposes to replace. It works with the existing machinery of Capitalism, talks and thinks in the existing terms of Capitalism, appeals to just those appetites which Capitalism has aroused, and ridicules as fantastic and unheard-of just those things in society the memory of which Capitalism has killed among men wherever the blight of it has spread."
- Hilaire Belloc -
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7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.
Commentator on a picture with David Cameron and a Cat: 'Amazing what you can achieve with photoshop these days. I'm sure that used to be a pig.'

Commentator on Hillary Clinton: 'If Clinton is now what passes for progressive, maybe this country deserves Trump.'

Commentator on British parliament: 'All that talent in one place, where is Ebola when you need it?'

John Kerry on words: 'These aren't just words, folks.'
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7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM
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At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.
Emilrose
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7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.
Commentator on a picture with David Cameron and a Cat: 'Amazing what you can achieve with photoshop these days. I'm sure that used to be a pig.'

Commentator on Hillary Clinton: 'If Clinton is now what passes for progressive, maybe this country deserves Trump.'

Commentator on British parliament: 'All that talent in one place, where is Ebola when you need it?'

John Kerry on words: 'These aren't just words, folks.'
Reasonslap
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7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?
Emilrose
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7/13/2015 10:34:55 AM
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At 7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?

YES.

But it's his prerogative if he *wants* to be one.
Commentator on a picture with David Cameron and a Cat: 'Amazing what you can achieve with photoshop these days. I'm sure that used to be a pig.'

Commentator on Hillary Clinton: 'If Clinton is now what passes for progressive, maybe this country deserves Trump.'

Commentator on British parliament: 'All that talent in one place, where is Ebola when you need it?'

John Kerry on words: 'These aren't just words, folks.'
Reasonslap
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7/13/2015 10:43:52 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 10:34:55 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?

YES.

But it's his prerogative if he *wants* to be one.

I know.
Emilrose
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7/13/2015 10:54:18 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 10:43:52 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:34:55 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?

YES.

But it's his prerogative if he *wants* to be one.

I know.

Si.
Commentator on a picture with David Cameron and a Cat: 'Amazing what you can achieve with photoshop these days. I'm sure that used to be a pig.'

Commentator on Hillary Clinton: 'If Clinton is now what passes for progressive, maybe this country deserves Trump.'

Commentator on British parliament: 'All that talent in one place, where is Ebola when you need it?'

John Kerry on words: 'These aren't just words, folks.'
Reasonslap
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7/13/2015 10:55:23 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 10:54:18 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:43:52 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:34:55 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?

YES.

But it's his prerogative if he *wants* to be one.

I know.

Si.

I believe all religions are problems, but paganism isn't worse than Judaism. Or better.
Emilrose
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7/13/2015 11:17:47 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 10:55:23 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:54:18 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:43:52 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:34:55 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?

YES.

But it's his prerogative if he *wants* to be one.

I know.

Si.

I believe all religions are problems, but paganism isn't worse than Judaism. Or better.

Not necessarily, religion has contributed vast amounts to culture/arts--and many of the values that we have today were influenced by religious belief. In terms of morality, Judaism is most certainly preferable to Paganism.

Paganism has historically lacked that kind of basis.
Commentator on a picture with David Cameron and a Cat: 'Amazing what you can achieve with photoshop these days. I'm sure that used to be a pig.'

Commentator on Hillary Clinton: 'If Clinton is now what passes for progressive, maybe this country deserves Trump.'

Commentator on British parliament: 'All that talent in one place, where is Ebola when you need it?'

John Kerry on words: 'These aren't just words, folks.'
Reasonslap
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7/13/2015 8:10:20 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/13/2015 11:17:47 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:55:23 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:54:18 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:43:52 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:34:55 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:31:06 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:11:34 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:04:56 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/13/2015 10:03:57 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/13/2015 9:30:11 AM, Reasonslap wrote:
At 7/12/2015 4:13:01 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Ewww you Pagan.

Is there a problem?

U a Pagan.

I am an atheist.

OK, but alluding to the asker of this question: Greco-Roman gods are technically Pagan.

And is there a problem with being pagan?

YES.

But it's his prerogative if he *wants* to be one.

I know.

Si.

I believe all religions are problems, but paganism isn't worse than Judaism. Or better.

Not necessarily, religion has contributed vast amounts to culture/arts--and many of the values that we have today were influenced by religious belief. In terms of morality, Judaism is most certainly preferable to Paganism.

Paganism has historically lacked that kind of basis.

Actually, no. Look at Greco-romanism.
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7/13/2015 8:24:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2015 1:15:49 PM, Nicoszon_the_Great wrote:
Does anyone have any good ideas for books that I may be able to find at a library?

Try a book called Mythology. It covers the Greek mythos.
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