By William Smith
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Abae -arum), an historical city of Phocis, at the limitations of Boeotia; celebrated for an historical temple and oracle of Apollo, who consequently derived t e surname of Abacus.
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As Voegelin himself points out, the complete absence of literary sources makes the interpretation of the Minoan order necessarily speculative. This does not prevent him, however, from drawing conclusions with great conﬁdence. One example will sufﬁce. ” This leads him to postulate the presence of trinitarian speculation in Cretan society and gives him occasion further to discuss the Pythagorean tetractys, suggesting deep historical—indeed Minoan—antecedents of the cult of sacred numbers and of the links between mathematics and ontology in later Greek thought.
115). 74. Glotz, The Aegean Civilization (New York: Knopf, 1925), 149, 154, 210. ” This would then give rise to reﬂections on the symbolic signiﬁcance of marine depth or perhaps of the number eight rather than the number three. ” The only evidence for this is Glotz’s ﬂeur-de-lis. The three men in the Laws decide to pursue their conversation as they walk from Knossos to the cave of Zeus on Mount Ida, thus reenacting the pilgrimage of Minos, the fabled legislator of Crete, to his father’s shrine.
82 Homer created his characters such as they are, as much in subversive opposition as in deference to an audience that identiﬁed with them. Voegelin’s antipathy for the heroic mores and agonal ideas of the archaic aristocracy is one of the underlying themes of the further development of his book. His angry language is telling. 83 Evil is abroad in the world. It is one of Homer’s merits, in Voegelin’s estimation, that he recognizes that and seeks to illustrate its operation. Yet even a man of Homer’s genius cannot quite account for the historical process of decline.
A Smaller Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology, and Geography by William Smith