'On one hand, seeing the city filled up with people constantly streaming from everywhere to Attica for security and, on the other, the sea-merchants not importing any merchandise to the ones who had nothing for exchange, Solon steered the people towards vocational occupations.' From Plutarch's lives. Solon.
'The temple of Demeter at Eleusis is extremely magnificent and it is deemed to be sacred so that hides of beasts are spread on the ground that it may not be defiled by the feet of the profane, who are obliged to stand on their left foot until they get purified. Persons of both sexes and of all ages are initiated in this solemnity and it is not without consequences weather they chose to take that step for it is considered a heinous crime to neglect it. This was part of the accusation for which Socrates was condemned to death.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia.Chapter 103.
'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