'One day, when I went with a friend to the festival of Eleusis, I observed her (Eucharis) on a bench with a great number of devotees. "Do you see those good women?" said my friend. "They are going to remain here, through devotion, twelve hours, without taking any nourishment."_ "What book" said I "are they reading so attentively?"_ "It is a book" replied he, "in the Egyptian language, written in hieroglyphics."_ "What" said I, "do they understand that enigmatical language?"_ "No" replied he, "they are quite ignorant of it. The priests alone possess the key to it: but they think they render their religion more solemn and more respectable by prescribing the use of prayers in an unintelligible language. See with how much care those good women preserve their book. It is enclosed in a case of red leather." From The Travels of Antenor. Conduct of Eucharis.
Very interesting.Unfortunately this book has not been translated in greek language.
The uncorrupted, unmutated Greek original was preserved for about one thousand six hundred and fifty years under the lava of Vesuvius. The French and English translations have been around for well over two hundred years while the mother country is oblivious to the fact.
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