'At Naxos, we went on shore to buy some of the wine produced there, which was more pleasing than the nectar Hebe presents to Zeus. This island is also called Dionysias, because Bacchos, who is main deity of the island, passed his youth there, and it is also called queen of the Cyclades on account of its extent and great fertility.' From The travels of Antenor in greece and Asia. Chapter 103.
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'Afterwards, going back they arrived in the Syrian city of Ascalon and while most of the Scythians bypassed it without causing any harm, some of them stayed back committing sacriledge to the temple of the heavenly Aphrodite. As I found out after inquiry, this is the most ancient of all the temples of the goddess. The Cyprian temple was founded from it, as the very Cypriots say, and the one in Cythera was established by the Phoenicians that migrated from Syria. To the ones who committed the sacriledge and all of their descendants, the goddess afflicted an effeminacy disease .' From Herodotos' The Histories. Cleio. Book 1:105.
'Such was the passion of the ancients for extravagant luxury that not only employed wine-pourers but also wine checkers. And with the Athenians, wine checkers was an administrative office, which is documented by Eupolis in his treatise Regarding Cities The persons who would not be even be wine checkers in the past, now are elected generals. Oh polis, polis, you are more jubilant than wise.' From Atheneus' The Learned Banqueters. Book 10:425(a-b).
'Upon learning the enterprise of Solon, Anacharsis cracked out laughing at him for imagining that by using letters he could stop the injustice and rapacity of the citizens, which is not any different from the spider web in likeness of which the weak and delicate of the prey is caught and devoured while it is torn to pieces by the powerful and rich.' From Plutarch's Lives. Solon.
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'In fact, though Nicias was a true sceptic, the desire of being acquainted with mysteries so universally celebrated throughout Greece induced him to undergo a trial, too horrific for the majority of mankind. I have brought the manuscript, continued Eudoxos, wherein he relates the various ceremonies of the intiation. This manuscript I have had the utmost difficulty to procure cost the writer his life." From The Travels of Antenor. Chapter 65.
Nicias' manusrcipt Both sexes were naked to the middle, and when they had committed any scandalous crime or such as would disturb the order and tranquillity of the house, they were condemned to pass many years in these subterraneous caverns in perfect silence. I saw there priests and priestesses cloathed in black and deprived of their facerdotal tunic. They concealed their faces as they walked, and each of them occupied a cell, where they had no resources but books which they were freely allowed. If any of them violated the secret, whether priests or others, their breasts were to be opened and their hearts torn out and given to be devoured by birds of prey, but whole ages pass away without any example of this cruel punishment. From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 69. History of the Initiation Concluded
Thales of Miletos This tract of land was a sandy desert, when king Moeris conceived that vast project, (the most praise-worthy ever planned by the mind of man) and which he had the good fortune to complete. Many thousand men were employed (perhaps four thousand years ago) in removing the arid soil to form this artificial sea which communicates by means of a canal forty leagues in length and three hundred feet broad whith the Nile, for whose waters, when that river overflows its banks it is indented as a reservoir. During the six months when the Nile is low, the sluices of this lake, which is then thirty feet higher than the river, are occasionally opened, and thus at will, cause a second innundation, which may be regulated according to the circumstances.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 4.
'I will speak, continued Thales of Miletos (624-546 BCE), of the pyramids near Memphis. Of these I shall only describe the largest. The smallest of the stones of which it is composed are thirty feet long and are most elaborately worked, being covered with hieroglyphics. Each side is eighty hundred feet broad at the base and the same in height, and one hundred sixty feet below the foundation are several apartments which communicate with each other by subterraneous passages. The largest of these pyramids is situated under 29 50' of north latitude.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 34.