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The Gnostics and Their Remains

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« Reply #225 on: March 31, 2014, 07:16:25 am »

In regards to the particular excerpt from your postings contained it possible that the person with the name 'Damis" is perhaps "Thomas" (new Testament), as the names are essentially linguistic equivalents? Also is it perhaps possible that Apollonius of Tyanna is Apollo (A-Paul-o, Paul) of the new testament (Acts)? The Council of Nicea (324-325) under Constantine and his political hacks did some pretty amazing editing of the ancient manuscripts available to conjure up a state religion for Rome. Just curious>

"In our investigation of this particular subject it must never be forgotten that so long as philosophy was cultivated in Greece; (even from the times of the Saurian sage, inventor of the name), India was often regarded as the ultimate and purest source of the "True Wisdom," the knowledge of things divine. Even so late as Lucian's time, the middle of the second century, that author concludes his evidently true history of Antiphilus and Demetrius, by making the latter, a cynic philosopher by profession, resign all his property to his friend, and depart for India, there to end his life amongst the Brachmanes, ('Toxaris,' 34). In the same century the well-known pilgrimage of Apollonius of Tyana, and his deep conference with the Indian philosophers, as recorded by his companion Damis, go to prove the same thing; and although the meagre journal of the sage's travelling companion may have been largely supplemented and embellished by the fancy of his editor, Philostratus, * the main features of the narrative are doubtless authentic. The great thaumaturgist's proceedings, as there detailed, show how the apparent difficulty of such a pilgrimage vanishes upon a better knowledge of the circumstances. Apollonius presents himself, first of all, to the Parthian Ring, Bardanes (a "Philhellene" as he yet boasts himself upon his coinage), and as warns an admirer of Grecian savants as any of his Achamænian predecessors,"
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