Monday, May 28, 2007

Scepticism Towards Miracles in the Ancient World

It is often said by modern commentators that the ancients were generally open to the miraculous and the divine, being pre-scientific and all, and they uncritically accepted reports of visions, visitations, and dreams of of the gods. I found it interesting then to discover what Sextus Empiricus said: 'Madmen and mystics seem to hear divinities, while we do not' (PH 1.101).

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