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runuoruec auorleJado ac

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runuoruec auorleJado ac

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"It is said that nature or natural reason, persuades the sacreddemons, and in a word, all that proceeds from the God who is goodin Himself, to be beneficent."

- George Gemistos Plethon in his Commentary on the Chaldaean Oracles

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First written in Greek circa 1050

First Greek & Latin Edition 161,5

First Published in English 1843

Second Edition in English 2010

@ May 2010 Stephen Skinner

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Up until the arrival of the Arabs in the 7th centrny, tlne Byzantineempire was regarded as one of the strongest economies of Europe,particularly known for being the primary western terminus of thefamous silk road from China. Its intellectual legacies derived fromclassical Greek philosophy and mythology, Orthodox Christianity,and the long Greek occupation of Egypt, which brought with it a mixof Graeco-Egyptian magic. These influences later helped luy thefoundations for the Italian Renaissance, and also of the grimoiretradition.

Psellus was a man of great intelligence, serving as a political advisorto a succession of Byzantine Emperors. He became the leadingprofessor at the newly founded University of Constantinople,bearing the honorary title, 'Consul of the Philosophers', and was thedriving force behind the university curriculum reform designed toemphasize the Greek classics, especially Homeric and Neo-Platonicliterature, rather than Christian theology and apologetics. Pselluswas adept in politics, astronomy, medicine, music, theology,jurisprudence, physics, grammar, magic and demonology.

We are lucky that Michael Psellus (1018-1096 C.E.) not only wrotehistories of his own time, but also included a large amount ofautobiographical material as well. He was born in Constantinople toan aristocratic family which included members of the consular andpatrician elite. He was given the name Constantine, a family namewhich also recalled the Emperor Constantine, who made Christianitythe state religion of Rome. It is interesting that when he entered theBithynia monastery, he chose Michael, the name of the Archangelresponsible for controlling demons, &s his monastic name. Hereceived a classical, as well as Christian, education in Constantinopleand Athens. His teacher, john Mauropus, was well connected andenabled the young Psellus to meet with students who later becamePatriarchs (Constantine Leichoudes and John Xiphilinos), and evenEmperors (Constantine X Doukas).

For a while he served in the provinces as a judge, but his career was tobe primarily at the Imperial Court, punctuated by short spells in amonastery, when he was temporarily out of favour. Before 1042 he


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the "Bulgar-Slayer" (976-1025) till the 1070s. This work also includesextensive autobiographical material.

Historia Syntomos was another shorter historical text from his pen inthe form of a world chronicle.

2. A large number of scientific treatises on astronofir/, anatomy,medicine (one notable medical essay listed hundreds of symptomsand illnesses), music, psychology, geography (a topography ofAthens) and physics.

3. Philosophical and religious treatises. Of these, the present text, DeOperatione DemonLtm, is probably the best known. His commentaryon Aristotle's Philosophy, Peri Hermeneias was also well known. Hisstudies of laography, of old customs, particularly folkloric andreligious also fit here.

4. Texts on jurisprudence, stemming from his time as a provincialjudge, including a poetic compendium of law and an explanation oflegal terms.

5. Funeral orations (epitaphioi) over the patriarchs MichaelKeroularios, Constantine III Leichoudes, ]ohn Xiphilinos, and hisown mother.

6. Speeches and panegyrics often addressed to the ruling Emperor orhis current court patron. These included works against the Bogomilsand Euchites. His fascination with these heresies also surfaces in thepresent work.

7. Satirical and epigrammatic verse and essays, including didacticpoems on formal topics such as grammar, Greek dialects and rhetoric.

8. A fragmentary encyclopaedia, called 'Manifold Teaching'(D idaskalia P nnto dap e) .

9. Literary works like a paraphrase of Homer's lliad.

10. About five hundreds personal letters.

He was truly a Renaissance man equally at home with the intriguesof the court, or the subtleties of philosophy and religion (both paganGreek and Christian).


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trouble if they used it. He does however hint at the part perfumesplay in the process:

"From my reading of Hellenic literature I know that perfumes(aromata) give off a vapour which drives away evil spirits and whichat the same time restores to the materials affected by it the presenceof more benign spirits. In the same way, in other cases, stones andherbs and mystic rites induce apparitions of divinities."l

Such procedures designed to conjure apparitions of divinities comedirectly out of second century Graeco-Egyptian magical texts. Ritualsused to vivify the statues of angels (particularly the angel Michaelwho was worshipped as a god in his own right in Asia Minor) aresimilar. At a practical level it was sometimes difficult to distinguishthe two.

Magic and Miracles

Magic and miracles share the same techniques even if not always thesame sponsorship. It is not sufficient to distinguish them one fromthe other by saying one appeals to the aid of angels (or God) whilethe other appeals to the aid of demons: both utilise the help of'spiritual creatures' to achieve something outside the realm of theaccepted norm. 2

How then is one to distinguish between magic and miracles? This isa problem that has bedevilled the Church from the earliest of times.Even during the life of Jesus there were often disputes, as to thenature of his miracles, and to their source. One group of Phariseeswere of the opinion that ]esus utilised Beelzebub to perform hismiracles.s In fact it is not sufficient to say that miracles are done bysaints and magic by magicians, or even to claim that miracles havealways have beneficial results and magic not always so.

I Psellus, Chronographia,BookVl, chapters 65-67 as quoted by Duffy.2 The term 'spiritual creatures' is used in the sense Dr John Dee understood it: thewhole spectrum of non-physical creatures from imps, elementals, spirits, angels,and demons. -Ed.3 Matthew 12:24-27 records this event. Interestingly, Jesus did not deny that he useda dremon, but simply asked the Pharisees which demon they or their children used.



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Demons are amongst the spiritual creatures that are involved inworks of magic, and possibly also in the production of miracles. Inthis work Psellus introduces a classification system of demons.According to Psellus, this division dates back to Plato and before.There are six different types of demons:

L. igneous (fiery).

2. aerial (airy).

3. terrestrial (earthy).

4. aqueous (watery).

5. subterranean (underground).6. heliophobic (those adverse to sunlight).

In this categorisation you can see the four classical elements, Fire, Air,Earth and Water, plus a further two categories of demons who 'fleethe light'. t This is much simpler than the Hebraic Kabbalistic orgrimoire division of demons.2 The classical Greek view however isthat the demons occupy the space between the heavens and earth,and are therefore sub-lurrdrf r or'under the Moon'.

The Platonic view was that each person had a personal demon, whoacted to help and preserve that person. With the rise of OrthodoxChristianity, the concept of a personal demon transformed itself intothe idea of the Holy Guardian Angel, a concept which re-appears inthe practices of the 19th century Golden Dawn.

A more wide ranging view is that they acted as messengers betweenman and the gods. Plato explains the special powers belonging todemons:

"They [the demons] act, as interpreters and conveyers of humanthings to the gods, of divine things to men. They carry the prayersand sacrifices of men, the commandments of the gods and theirresponses to the sacrifices: Occupying a place between the two, they

' Often referred to as lucifugous.t For which see Stephen Skinner, The Complete Magicians Tables, Golden HoardPress, Singapore,2006, Tables K and M.


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'1 e8ed'1002 'fe1e>1,reg'ssel4 €ruroJrleJgo flrsrenrun'sarpog aqqns 'sree4 uelD e'sndggo

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aql osp sem lnq 'Tdtl3a uI paleraual seM Iaer{)rIN 'sla8ue ,ualle!, loJo /suoruap

Jo Janpqns e se pasrJalJeJer{J aJaqmasla sr or{lvr'1aeqcq1qse1w lueuodru lsoru aql asaql Jo 'larrqeD pue laeqdeS '1aeqrr/q:parueu aram aarql dluo 'luawa$al pIO aql ur pauorluaur sla8ueal{l Jo 'rre pue arrJ Jo pasoduro) aq ol pres uauo ara1v\ daql uulfp a>ll-I

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most popular angel in the Byzantine world, and an object ofdevotion in a cult of the Archangel Michael which rose toprominence at Colossae (later Chonae) in Turkey. The early Christianchurch struggled with a cult of the angels which they feared mayhave allowed pagan worshippers to equate their old gods withspecific angels. St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians was specificallydirected against this type of angelolatry. Michael Psellus howeverwrote a work specifically praising his namesake Archangel, andclaiming to feel his presence near to his shrine at Colossae or Galatiain Turkey. 1 The worship of angels was sometimes consideredacceptable, sometimes heretical.

The Church's attitude to dremons was that they only had powergranted by god to trick people into following them, whereas thepopular, and indeed magical view, was that demons had the powerto do things in their own right. The generally accepted Byzantineecclesiastical opinion of the day was that demons were angels whohad fallen or been banished from heaven, rather than Plato's mucholder view of demons as guardians or messengers between man andthe gods. Once you have posited 'war in heaven', with a number ofangels rebelling, and the angel Michael routing and banishing therebellious angels, then you have created the possibility of a dualisttheology. The most pervasive dualist theology that was current inByzantium at that time was Bogomilism.

The Bogomils

The Slavic word 'bogomil' simply means 'dear to god' , althoughsome have suggested the existence a founder of the heresy with thatname. Bogomilism arose in the mid tenth century in Macedonia,which was then under Bulgarian authority. Because of their violentrule, indignation and dissatisfaction were inevitable and this made ita popular movement which had an anti-church and anti-feudal bias.Its members repudiated church and state control and desired to livea simple modest life, rejecting the Old Testament and the works of

I Psellus, Oratio in ArchangelumHagiographicae ', edited E. A. Fisher,

Michaelem in Michaelis Pselli 'OrationesStuttgart & Leipzig, 1994, pages 230-256.


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credibly make if they were not his to offer.t Satanael eventually triedto assume too much power and was ejected from heaven.2

After the Fall, Satanael created the world, with all its plants andanimals. He formed Adam from mud, but failed to animate him. Heappealed to god the Father who animated Adam with the divinespirit. This neatly explains how the body can be from one god butthe spirit from another. As their bodies were evil by nature,according to this doctrine, few men ever reached heaven.

The Euchite on the other hand have three gods, the Father and twosons, one with power over heaven and the other with power over theEarth and material things.


A number of scholars, like Bidez and Gautier, are of the opinion thatMichael Psellus was not the author of the present work, but anotherwriter of the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century (specificallythe Palaeologan period). Accordingly the author of this work issometimes referred to as 'Pseudo-Psellus'. I prefer to reservejudgement on that issue till proof is forthcoming, or at least a

concrete suggestion of another candidate for authorship is made. It isoften the case that unknown authors will affix the names of moreillustrious writers to their works in order to sell more copies. On theother hand, it is also the case that critics will dismiss a work as notbeing by a particular author simply because it does not seem/appropriate' or in keeping with their private image of that author.

There is also some confusion with a non-existent Michael Psellus theElder, the product of an unfounded academic supposition.

It is worth mentioning that Psellus's name in Greek Yel")"oq also leadsto his name being transliterated as'Psellos' which is perhaps a morecorrect transliteration, but here we will stick to the more familiar andwidespread Latinised'Psellus'.

' Luke 4:5.

' So-e Bogomils identified the characteristics of Satanael with the god of the OldTestament.


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on the front title label. One has to assume that the double 's' iscorrect as it is more likely that he proofed the interior of the book,but did not see the cover label till it was too late, given the mechanicsof the book publishing process.

Collisson appears to have moved from Sydney to South Australiasoon after publishing the Psellus translation, where he published twobooks in 1844-46: A Description of the actual state of the Colony, of itssources of wealth, etc and The Miner's Manual, dedicated to HisExcellency George Grey, Lieutenant Governor of New Zealand.

This indicates rather a wide range of publishing interests, andpatrons. Collisson is referred to in contemporary documents as aneditor and publisher rather than as a translator. Maybe theambiguous spacing of the dedication to the classicist Dr Nicholsonon the title page suggests that the latter had more of a hand in thetranslation than Collisson indicates.

Collisson had originally been expected to become a vicar in theChurch of England, and would have learned Greek for that purpose.It may have been that Collisson even flirted with Baptist belief, as asnippet in a recent Australian publication suggests:

"David Mclaren left the colony in 1841 and the congregation splitover the 'close communion' issue. W. Finlayson, in whose home theBaptist meetings were first held, along with a group of others, wentelsewhere. Angas sent Marcus Collis[s]on to take over from Mclarenin the church, but he proved quite unsatisfaCtory."t

South Australia's first purely religious newspaper appeared in 1845.It was simply called Australiana, apparently founded by u shadowyclergyman named Milne, and printed by the prolific George Dehane.It was later taken over by Marcus Collisson, and much of the contentof those issues consists of tirades against Roman Catholicism. It istherefore ironic that later in his life, in 1,876, a newsletter records

I 'scotch Baptists, Church of Christ and Disciples' in The Australian Christian, 4November,1995.


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the unusual combination of 'man of affarrs' and scholar, as he wasdeeply interested in the classics, history and education.

Nicholson's name is indissolubly connected with the founding of myalma mater the University of Sydney. "It was said that Douglassmoved Wentworth, Wentworth moved the Legislative Council, andNicholson moved heaven and earth; and between them, finally, onthe 1st October, 1850, success was achieved, the Royal Assent wasgiven to the Act of Incorporation" of Sydney University. Nicholsonwas appointed Vice-Provost of the University from 1851 to 1854 andProvost (later Chancellor) from 1854 to \862. He further benefited theUniversity through his gift of the Nicholson Museum of Antiquitiesto the University in 1857. This museum focuses to a large extent onGreek and Egyptian antiquities, which were his passion.

Later he acted for some forty years as the university's agent inEngland, selecting staff and adding periodically to the library and tothe Museum of Antiquities. In the same year, back in England, hesecured for the University of Sydney a Royal Charter (1357) givingits degrees equal status with those of the old British universities ofOxford and Cambridge.

His interest in Egyptology is reflected in the Museum and artifacts hepresented to the University. In 1855-58 he was in Egypt,where hevisited many archaeological sites. He was closely involved with theEgyptologists Sayce and Petrie and supported the EgyptianExploration Fund. In the early 1BB0s he took up the study of Hebrew,to add to his knowledge of Greek and Latin, and in 1891 hepublished a handsome volume entitled ,E gyptiaca, Comprising a

Catalogue of Egyptinn Antiquities now Deposited in the Museum ofSydney.

He became a leading member of the Royal Colonial Institute, theRoyal Society of Arts, the British Association, and many otherlearned and cultural bodies. He was knighted in 1852, created abaronet in L859, and held honorary degrees from the Universities ofOxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh.


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luasard aql dq paJnporlur saloulooC 'qoquds ra88ep ro $Islralse,{q palerlpul Suraq uet{l raq}er paraqunu are sa}oulooJ }eql ldarxaaram daql se dllrexa parapuar uaaq aleq rolelsuer+ aql dq saloulooC

snllasd Iaer{rIIN

suo4uaauo3 3u4ry7

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urnuoruap auor+eJado nas erSJaua ap sanSoFrp

runuoruec auorleJado ac

SoLoynrg rrartorlrcg oueLdErrE dag

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'suoruap Iorluor ol raMod aql qlllvr palrparr ueaq sdElv\I€ seq pSuEqrrv slqJ.'rern6l tqrerqlv dq uo8erq aql lsup8e tq8g s,laeqr[Atr '+S la8ueqrry aql

%".m *p $p{ffi*

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urnuoruap auor+eJado nas erSJaua ap sanSoFrp

runuoruec auorleJado ac

SoLoynrg rrartorlrcg oueLdErrE dag

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'luenragalqtunr{ }uarpaqo pue pa8rlqo rno1


'aq ol Jnouor{ aql aleq I'roJ IIeJ ol tuaas slduane dreralrl lsrlJ qllqm aruaSlnpur leql pualxa

IIIM nod Surdoq 'luatu8palmou>lJe 1n;a1er8 Jo ua>Io] araJurs lnq'1eurs e se 'suoLune uo anSo\urc ,snllascl Jo uoqelsueJJ sFIt aleJrpapol aru aJnpur 'arnleralrl IeJauaB ;o luatua8ernoJua umouT-llam rnodpue 'aqo13 aql yo dlnuarlxa sql 1e ra8uerls e ol ssaupurT rno1


'wgL 'finruqa7 'fiauplig

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urnuoruap auor+eJado nas erSJaua ap sanSoFrp

runuoruec auorleJado ac

SoLoynrg rrartorlrcg oueLdErrE dag

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'u€rrotsrq pue reloqcs e se,^A ('g'C ESI I-t901) eueuuro) euuv z'pE - ('iI'J 0601'c - VL01'c) ro;edrug-oc eurluez(g ,

'elrqrnE ar{} Jo s8urpaarord lanas dreurpJoeJ}xa aq1 dlalnulu }soruSuqrelap slr ruorJ Suqsaralur raqunJ sl ]I 'anrlrsrnbur dran sallastuaqlumoqs dleraua8 aneq purTueru qJlr{rll. uo 'lrafqns s]r dq se IIaM se

'aJrels dlSurpaaJxa lvt.ou Suraq 'dlrsorrnr dreralrl e se Su4saralul sI lI,'{oog uaploD al}tlT aqJ, 'al}ll alqernouoq ar{} wlm snlr{ueg paurealar{l dq paqsrn8upslp sem pue '090I lnoqe 'C 'V uanrrm sezvr (ssarpqsrlSuE ue ur paqs{qnd au4 }srlJ aq} roJ r,r.ou) Trozvr ar{I

,,'suorlJnpord snorua8urpue paurBal Iera^as ur palerlsnllr pue paqsrllaqua aq qr}{,\'al+olslrv ;o tualsds aql .,{Felnrrlred pue 'dqdosol}Id Jo dpnls aqluaurdrlunoJ sn{ o1 {lurem papuaruruoJal ueur lear8 sILIJ 'a8e srq uru1v\ouT aJaM ler{l uoFrpnra Jo spuDl snorJe^ aq} ile ur pasJan dldaappue 'lradsar drana ur snorrlsnlll ueru e 'sn11ascl Iaer{JrI I selvr drnluarqtua^ala aLI] ul sralla-I ;o rrlqndau aql Jo ]uarueuro lsalearS aql lLB.,,

-:rluo1v\ slr{ol alnqr4 SuranolloJ aql s{ed 'uerrolsn{ IeJqsersalJJa aql 'rulal{sontr'8uog s,uoruolos pue stulusrl lo 4oog" ar{} uo sarJeluaruuoJ pue'fi4doso1nld s,aI+olslrv Jo uorlrsodxa ue aloJm aq's1"rol JaLIlo aprsafl

('^ 'ql 'sopamaly) srxaly roradura aq+ Jo ralq8nep 7'euauluo3 euuy dqrup{ uo passed tunrSolna aLIt ruoJJ sreadde se 'ylastuFl o} lrpalJ lear8WI'r,r ,'selnq aurluelsuo3 Jo uos 'laeqJrlN aJurr4 Sunod

"qt ol Jolnl

Jo arrJJo aql pallr] pue 'reloqrs pue '"raqdosopqd '1sr8o1opqd luaunuaue sem 'suorueq Jo uorlerado ar{} uo asqeaJ} alnll sFIl Jo Jor{}nvaLIl 'drnluar qlua^ala aq] ul par{srrnou or{/v\ 'snTTEScI TEIHfII I


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otherwise called Massalians t (which, it must be admitted, is a

desiderntum), and it seems to determine the true meaning of theexpression "doctrines of demons" (1st Timlothy]. iv., 1).

We may further remark respecting the work, it may beconsidered a fair specimen of the manner in which heathenphilosophy was blended with Christian theology in the auth or's day,and of the plausible reasonings with which the most absurd theorieswere supported; and it goes far to show that certain terms, which byecclesiastical usage have obtained a harsh signification, had notacquired such harsh signification so early as the period for whichPsellus' dialogue is laid. It relates also an instance of demoniacalpossession which cannot be accounted for on the supposition thatsuch possessions were imaginary.

The propriety of apprising the mere English reader of thedistinction between a demon and the devil suggests itself here.zThe

I Both terms refer to the same group of heretics called Euchitre in Greek and calledMassalians in Syriac, which translates as 'people of prayer'. They were foundedlate in the fourth century C.E., probably in Thrace. They believed in ecstaticcommunion with the Holy Ghost, although the orthodox churchmen of the time sawthat as demonic possession. Psellus begins his book as a diatribe against theEuchitre because of their supposed commerce with drmons. Dimitri Obolensky inhis book The Bogomils is of the opinion that Psellus only had a vague idea of thedoctrines of the Euchite. Maybe Psellus introduced the heresies of the Euchit& as away of launching into a discussion of demons from a theologically respectableposition. -Ed.2 Properly speaking, the Pagan mythology, though it taught a future state ofpunishment, had nothing analogous with the hell of [Christian] revelation. NeitherCharon, nor Pluto, nor.lEaens, nor Rhadamanthus fthe gods and guides to the Greekunderworld], thus bears the slightest resemblance to that apostate being who isvariously designated Adversary, Tempter, and Traducer [i.e. the Devil]. The localarrangement, too, or the Pagan hell, and the administration of its punishments,essentially distinguished it from the hell of the Christian system. The Pagan hellwas ludicrously divided into compartments, in which men were punished accordingto their respective demerits, and had, besides, attached a region called the ElysianPlains, to whence heroes (first-rate characters, in the Pagan's estimate) wereadmitted immediately on their decease, and minor offenders after they hadundergone a purgatorial process. It is true the Latin Christians adopted the ternInferni to express hell; yet that was rather because it was more convenient to adopt


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'pE * 'sapD"nry uo uottDt,tassle V'(g6Ll-6IL1) 11eqdule3 e8roeg.rq , 'pE - elqlg aql q uortelsuerl-s1u rorllo .(ue sdeq;ed uuql Surre;gns pue ured'qstn8ue 'uotsryuoc eJoru pesnec seq 'Surueatu yeur8rJo Jreql Jo sselpJe8e; .p,lep,se uollelsueJl uuoJrun Jreql pue 'suuel lueJeJJrp o,/y\1 eql qsrnEurlsrp of oJnlreJ slIJ I

'pepuelur eepr eql r(enuoc o1

tuJel eql ur sseulg I€Jnleu gcntu sellr eJeql osneceq ueql 'lueurqsrund Jo elels eJqnJe Jo eepr or{l popnlcur 'uorlecgruSrs lsepld,\ sll ur 'qcrq,u, pue 'esn lereue8 ur uuo} €

'dlluanbary srnrro laruowtupl nrnordrng Iernld aql 'raqgng

'salrurJapul IIe o] preSar ur aSesn aql sI sF{l'>1aar3 se IIaM se 'qsr18ugur pue !!o ualods dpeaqe leq+ 'dlarueu 'uoruap aql 'nornodrngor pa1fts sr aq 'uourep aures ar{} Jo aperu ure8e sI uorluau drolsar{} Jo ssarSord aq+ ul uaqm +nq :fuoqouqlaLlra aunaud oq] AoxongnXo

ndognl or. ro 'fuotuouttzp otl Aomorhng ox ralau llrrrds uealJun ue

'fuopaqqaLpa autnaud] Aoxonenxn ndognl, Jo 'uoluap Jo 'fuotuowtop]Aornodlng dldurs palleJ sr 1r 'patueu lsJr; sr uorssassod e uaqm snr{I'alrurJapur d1]r1rls sl leql rural e Jo pasn aq alrrue aq+ 1eq1 a.rrnbaruorlrsodruoJ Jo salnJ dreurpro arp uaLIM dpo sr leql 1nq 'altrge at{ldq papua+le sarurlatuos sr lr leql lnq lou :alrurJap sr 'pnap '5o1oflrngruJa+ aLIl se atrurJapur dlluelsuoJ se sr 'uoruep 'Aolnorlrng tuJa] al{l

Jo asn aqJ 'palldde os naau sr 'pnap 'fsopquryl 5o1oflnlg prom aq+ lnqlpasoddns Jo IeaJ 'suorssassod o1 aJuala;ar ur sdemle pue 's1adso3aql uI dlluanbar; sJnJf,o 'uotuep 'fuotuou,napf nornodrny,,

-:(g S 'I 'd 'ut'fsuotqutrtafsxq) sanrasqo rrlrrr alnreslrq+'luotuowrup] nomodlng pue luowtopl ncorlrng uaamlaq a)uaraJtrpalq4darrad due dlarrers sr araql leql 8u1>Ireruar rarye ltralqns sn{l uouallrrm d1pnn1 os seq . llaqdure3 'rcl leqm alr) ueql rapaq op louueraM 'uorsJal uerlell s,llleporq pue 'urapour pue luarJue 'suoqelsueJluI+eT ar{l 11e 'uorsJal rerrdg aq+ '{q'razraanoq 'panrasard dlpr8rruaaq se{ }I r'[uor1e1suer1] qJuarC e^auaD ar{} Jo 'raq1n1 Jo ueruraDaql 'uollelsueJl pazrJor{lne Jno Jaqlla ur lno parJJeJ uaaq lou seq'arnldrros uI palJasqo dlqerrelur q8noql 'ruaq+ uaamlaq uorlf,urlsrpaq1 lsnoJarunu ale suoruap aql seaJaLIM'IIAap auo lnq sr aJar{l leqllJeJ aqt ue{} arnldrns uorJ paJurla dpeap arour aq ueJ Surqlou pueldrqsrozvr. rrar{} o+ pa}rrppe pue 'suoruep tlllan palurenbre llallt q8noql'llrap ar{l Jo JaAa}eqM Surqlou zvr.au>I 'yed lsoru al{l JoJ 'ppoan ue8e4

snllasd IaeqrrlN

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applied to the same order of beings with the singular; but what setsthe difference of signification in the clearest light is that though bothwords, 6toBol"o c, ldiabolos] and 8atpovtov ldaimonion], occur oftenin the Septuagint,l they are invariably used for translating differentHebrew words; 6tuBol"o c, ldiabolos] is always in Hebrew either '1ts

tsar,2 enemy, or liU, Satan, adversary, words never translated8atpovtov ldaimonionl. This word ldnimonion), on the contrary, ismade to express some Hebrew term signifying [either] idol, Pagandeity, apparition, or what some render [as] satyr.

What the precise idea of the demons to whom possessionswere ascribed then was, it would, perhaps, be impossible for us withany certainty to affllrr.; but as it is evident that the two words6ropotrog and Sotpovrov are not once confounded, though the firstoccurs in the New Testament upwards of thirty times, and thesecond about sixty, they can by no just rule of interpretation berendered by the same term; possessions are never attributed to thebeing termed o 6topol,og lo diabolos], nor are his authority anddominion ever ascribed to demons. Nay, when the discriminatingappellations of the devil are occasionally mentioned, 6topovtovfdiamonion] rs never used as one.

It may be proper to subjoin here the most striking instances ofthe term being mistranslated in the authorized version [of the Bible].

Acts xvii., 18: "Others said he seemeth to be a setter forth, ofstrange gods," should be [translated as] strange demons.

'Lst Corinth[ians]. x., 20, 21: "The things which the Gentilessacrifice they sacrifice to deails, and not to God, and I would not thatye should have fellowship with deails; ye cannot drink the cup of theLord, and the cup of deails; ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's tableand the table of deails." Here in every instance the word rendered

' The ancient Koine Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures or Hebrew Bibletranslated in Alexandria between the third and first centuries BCE. Sometimes simplyreferred to as the 'LXX' in reference to the 70 scholars who are supposed to havelaboured on the translation -Ed.'Printed as'l! in the first edition, but obviously mean to be -tI.


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duap ol aru roJ alqrssodrur sI lI 'alrasqo dgensn daql qJlr{rvr lJnpuo)aql ruorJ uaTel sapnlllnuls pue 'uraql o1 dpeqntad paqlrJse suotssedpue saJrsap purJ I uaqm - Jo pasodsrp dlenlre aram daql lvrot{ uanr8slunorre pue 'uorslndxa rraql rarye tuaql ;o psodslp ar{l o1 pre8arur JaruJoJ ar{} f,q plaq suoqesJaluoJ 'passassod uetu aql to lel{lruoJJ paqsrn8upslp dlssardxa os uorlJe rra{} 'suotssassod relnrrpedur suoru€p Jo Jaqrunu aLI+ Jo aperu uorluatu puIJ I uaqM '+nqlalqeqordur 1ou lseal l€ uoqeueldxa srq lq8nor{l a^er{ ppot{s 1 [uaqll'lw 'futaUaqya] mayyot'xe 'luratpa uotuotutatr] maXa nornodrr:g saserqdaql uala to 'lsouaruoztuotutupl Sonerlo)rnorirDg arueu ar{} ueq} uorurdouolrruoJ aql to JnoAeJ ur lrJM paJJes ruoJJ an8re ol aJoru ou uaaq

peq araql JI leql 'Surssed ur 'des dpo ileqs 1 'aur.4rop s1t{} Sutu.raruo3l'aseasrp IeJnleu e Jo pasn pue 'attpnfard relndod o] dltuuoyuorur dlaratu paldope sem' padoldua arar{} a1fts ar{} }eq} 1nq '1adso3aql ul pauorluaru sJeruoruap aql uI uorssassod par ou se,vr aJaq]

ler{} aJurla o} uoqepasslp a}eJoqela ue ua}UJrvr set{,, '11aqduef 'JCl

sanJasqo ,,'(ratureC'JCil Joqlne snorua8ul pue pauJeal alel V,,

-:(Of S 'I 'd 'ln'lsuo4a4n]sslg) lrafqns s1rlt uo s>lreruar s,1aqdue3'rC ueql luaurl.rad arour aq ueJ SurqloN 'a8e rrlolsode aqt uI lseal1e 'suorssassod IeJeruoruep Jo dlrpar al{t uol+sanb ut IIeJ o} 'uo4uapedreurpro r{llrr,r }r spear pue 'a.rnldrrtg Jo qlnrl alqllleryI aql salarlaqd1+nqdul or{,nvr. auo due JoJ alqlssod 1r aAIaJuoJ ,{1preq uet azvr 1ad

'palerrluaqlne {1np }ou sr aser relnrlued letll +eql pa}ralqo aq deu 1r

'paapur 'q8noqlle 't{teut?etul aJaM suolssassod qrns teq} uoprsoddnsaq+ vll1\^. alqelrJuo)alJr sr rlJlr{1v\ pue '4roan ,snllasd ur papJoJaJuorssassod IeJeruoruap

'o a)uelsur aql ol lradsar r{}IM

'suoruap alnlqsqns ,,1a1qtuarl pue a^arlaq osle spaap aql tlarulsaop not{} lpoD auo sr araq} }eql }sa^allaq nor{J,, :6L '' 1 sawa[

'suoruap aq plnoqs ,,'sltaap Jo aurJlJoppue 'slrrrds Sunnpas o] paar{ 8urnr3,, :L ''nl 'lfrqqoltutl qsy

'suotuep pear ,,lsltaap drqsro^nn lou ppoqs daql teql'spueq rraql Jo $Irozvr aql Jo ]ou paluadar 1ad 'san8eld asaql dq paruIlou aram qJIqM uaur aLIl Jo lsar ar{J,, :02 ''xl '[uo4a7a]aa21

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their existence, without admitting that the sacred historians wereeither deceived themselves in regard to them, or intended to deceivetheir readers. Nay, if they were faithful historians, this reflection, Iam afraid, will strike still deeper."

Without consenting to all that Psellus advances on the origin,nature, modes of action, and occasional manifestation of demons,yet, believing implicitly the sacred Scriptures, we can have no moredoubt of the existence of such beings than we have of our own. Dr.Campbell also observes, (Dissfertationsf. vi., p.1,, g 11):-

"Though we cannot discover with certainty, from all that issaid in the Gospel concerning possessions, whether the demonswere conceived to be the ghosts of wicked men deceased, or lapsedangels, or (as was the opinion of some early Christian writers, Iust.M. [St Justin Matyr] Apolfogial.

1) the mongrel breed of certain angels (whom theyunderstood by the sons of God, mentioned in Genesis, ch[apter]. ,ri.,

2) and of the daughters of men, it is plain they were conceivedto be malignant spirits.t

They [the malignant spirits] are exhibited as the causes of themost direful calamities to the unhappy person whom they possess -dumbness, deafness, madness, palsy, and the like. The descriptivetitles given them always denote some ill quality or other; mostfrequently they are called nveupcrrq crxqOqorq lpneumata achathnotaf,unclean spirits; sometimes rrveDlrctrcr rovrlocr lpneumata poneoal,malign spirits; they are represented as conscious that they aredoomed to misery and torments, though their punishment be for awhile suspended. 'Art thou come hither, poorovooor rlposlBastanasai emas], to torment us before the time?' Mattlew). vrii.,29."2

I "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they tookthem wives of all they chose...There were giants in the earth in those days; and alsoafter that, when the sons of God came in unto fcopulated with] the daughters ofmen, and they bare children to them..." Genesis 6:2,4. The children were theNephilim. -Ed.t Befote moving on to more modern theological opinions about the nature ofdremons, it is worthwhile to quote one more Classical source. Calcidius (c. 300


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lsnl e;e sle8ue lsllq^A l€ql uorlcurlsrp lercruc egl qlr^\ 'sle8ue eql e{rl 1sn['ueneeqpue u€tu uee^ueq serJerpeuuelur sB lce suoruep oqt spJo^\ Jeqlo uI '.uoru*p,

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(62 ''Wn 'fmal4aayvg) ,,oM?4 a4q an{aq sn }uarurol ol atuor nor{t lry ,,

'qreordde srpJoT Jno uo '1no drt eJepeD le suoruap r{}lm passassodaLII ']uaruJol aJnlnJ ol pauqsap se paluasaldar are sla8ue alelsodeaql pue daql r{}oq se pue 'sse1o lJurlsrp e se ur8rro rraql ol uorsnlplsaloruar ar{} }ou pul} arvr se dlenadsa aloru aq} 'sla8ue alelsodeaL{} r{}lrr,r, arues aq+ aJaM uorssassod leJeruouep wlzvr pa}Jauuo)araM se q)ns ler{l a^a{aq lnq louueJ art 7:s1a3ue ale}sode aq} H}Ia,r

IeJrluapr aJe suoruep aq+ leq+ uorurdo Jo aq ol suraas r latule3

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walketh about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour,going to and fro in the earth, walking up and down in it, so hisemissaries, the apostate angels, the demons, roam through everypart of it, inflicting diseases, tempting to sin, and blasting physical as

well as moral good.

If it be said that such a supposition is irreconcilable with thepower and beneficence of the Divine Being, will those who makesuch objection venture to deny the existence of moral and physicalevil? And if that be reconcilable with the power and beneficence ofthe Supreme/ why may not the doctrine just laid down? Will it besaid that such a supposition is irreconcilable with the immutabilityand permanency of the Divine laws? Will those who make suchobjection assert, that the superficial knowledge they may haveacquired of nature's laws warrants them in saying that theyunderstand the Divine laws? - Who can tell aII the causes that leadto any one, even the most insignificant, event? - And who can tellbut that the laws of nature, without our perceiving it, are controlledby demonic agency? We only see a few of the links - we cannot see

all the links of the chain that lead to any one result.

It may be proper to examine here the Heathen notion of theword demon, by which means (mutatis mutandis)t *" will be betterable to understand its scriptural application. Its etymology conveysthe idea either of an acute intelligence or of an appointed agent; butas these may exist separately, in distinct beings, or combined in thesame being, it is obvious mere etymology cannot guide us to a safeconclusion in our enquiry.

Homer applies the epithet demons, in more than oneinstance, to the dii majorum gentium 2 (lliad, v. 222); but whether heregarded the dii mnjorum gentium as an inferior order of beings,subordinate to a superior intelligence, or heroes advanced to this

I All other things being equal. -Ed.' The 12 main Olympic gods of the ancient Greek pantheon, Jupiter, Juno,Minerva/Pallas, Vesta, Ceres, Neptune, Venus, Vulcanus, Mars, Mercury, Apollo,and Diana. Gods that you might have expected to be in the top twelve, such as

Saturn, belong to the Dii Selecti. -Ed.


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On the whole, we are rather inclined to think that Homerconsidered all gods (the dii majorum gentium not excepted) utdemons of human original. Hesiod follows next in order of time; heseems decidedly of [the] opinion that all gods were demons, andoriginally human; he intimates that the demons are the men of thegolden age, who lived under Saturn, and avers that they are theprotectors of mankind, <pul,oXog rov 0v+Trrrrv qv0pcoTT'r,lv [phylachas tonthneton anthropore]. (Vide Scholiast on Homer's lliad, A.222.) Socrates'sentiments on this subject, as also those of Plato and his immediatedisciples, ffidy be gathered from the following extract from Plato'sCratylus: -" Socfrntes]. What shall we consider next?

Hermogenes.Demons, to be sure, and heroes, and men.

Socfratesl. Let it be demons, then, and with what propriety they areso named. Consider, Hermogenes, if I say ought worthy of yourattention as to what might have been the sense of the word demon.

Hermo glen e sl. Proceed.

Socfratesl. Are you aware that Hesiod says certain [men] are demons?

Hermoglenesl. I don't remember it.

Soclrates]. Nor that he says the first generation of men were golden?

Herm[ogenes]. I know that, at all events.

Soclrates]. Well, then, he speaks thus respecting it:

'When destiny concealed this generationThey were called pure subterranean Intelligences t fDaimonesl,Excellent, Avertors of evils, Protectors of mortal men.'

Herm[ogenes). What, then, pray?

Soclratesl. I think he calls a generation the golden [generation], not asthough produced from gold, but because excellent and glorious; and I

t We have rendered this word, 8crrpoveg ldaimones], [as] intelligences, and will [doso] throughout. Were we to render it dremons, it would be impossible to convey theagreeable play on the word which afterwards occurs.


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heathen (philosophers excepted) believed in no being identical withor bearing the slightest resemblance to our [Christian] God. In thelanguage of one who cannot be suspected of any partiality toChristianity, they were " a kind tf superstitious atheists, whoacknowledged no being that corresponds with our idea of a deity." (Naf.Hist. of ReI., sect. iv.) t

The heathen did not pretend to be acquainted with all theexisting demons or intelligences. So sensible were the Greeks oftheir ignorance on this head, that they actually had, in [St.] Paul'sduy, an altar at Athens with the inscription, "To an unknown God."They thought by this contrivance to obviate any bad results thatmight accrue from their ignorance, and secure to every demon orintelligence a due share of honour. Paul accordingly, with ingeniousartifice, takes advantage of this circumstance to introduce Jesus totheir notice as a demon 2 or intelligence they were unconsciously

I David Hume, Natural History of Retigion. -Ed.t It seems probable that the line of conduct pursued by the Apostle [Paul] on thisoccasion was suggested by the remark of the Athenians themselves,"he seems to bea setter forth of strange intelligences," (usually rendered drmons); because hepreached to them tov Ipoouv Ko,t tqv Avoaro,ol, Jesus and Resurrection, theyconceived Jesus to be a male intelligence, and Resurrection; Anastasin, [to be] afemale intelligence, according to their custom dei$zing abstract qualities, andmaking them gods and goddesses as suited the gender of the name. Nor can thisconduct of the Apostle be termed with any propriety "a pious fraud". 'Tis true thatthough the term drmon in its primary use signifies intelligence, his auditors

[listeners] would be very apt to take the term in its more extended sense. TheApostle, however, could not justly be held responsible for the acceptation in whichthey choose to take his words; yet it must be admitted that the Apostle did not inthis instance state the whole truth, but merely so much as suited his immediatepurpose of extricating himself from the power of their fanatical philosophers. Hisprincipal object seems to have been to show that on their own principles, whichadmitted a multiplicity of gods, and regarded without jealousy the gods of othernations, they could not in justice or consistency punish him for preaching a Godthey had never heard of before, even Jesus. With a similar tact the Apostle rescuedhimself from the malice of the Jews, when arraigned before the high priest, byavowing himself a Pharisee, and insisting that the doctrine of a future resurrectionwas the great matter of dispute; but this, as in the former instance, was not thewhole truth; it answered, however, the Apostle's purpose by creating a division inhis favour. Surely this was the wisdom of the serpent, without its venom.


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viz., beings intermediate between God and man, inferior to theformer, but superior to the latter; " for to all who come under thisdescription, real or ima ginary, good or bad, the name demons(intelligences) is promiscuously applied.

The reality of such intermediate order of beings revelationeverywhere supposes, and rational theism does not contradict.Now it is to the kind expressed in the definition now given that thepagan deities are represented as corresponding, and notindividually to particular demons, actually existing. To sdf rtherefore, that the Gentiles sacrifice to demons is no more than tosay that they sacrifice to beings which, whether real or imaginary,we perceive, from their own account of them, to be below theSupreme." (Campb[ell], Dissfertation on Miracles]. ,ri., p.1, S 15.)

It may be asked, of what practical utility is a work of thisnature of what practical importance can it be whether webelieve or disbelieve the existence of demons? We humblyconceive it is not optional with us to treat any portion of divinetruth as unimportant, because we cannot see its practical bearingupon the conduct. If it can be unequivocally shown from the Wordof God that demons exist, [then] the belief of the fact belongs tous, [and] the utility of it to Him that permits it.

At the same time, we cannot forbear observing that, if it bea work of utility to throw light, in the least degree, on any portionof the Word of God, and to rescue a term or a passage from aperverted use, then we flatter ourselves such ends may be in somemeasure effected by the publication of Psellus' work; but if therewere no other reason for its publication than a desire tocommunicate the arguments with which, in those comparativelyearly times, men of a philosophic turn of mind fortifiedthemselves in the belief of demoniacal possessions (as well in theApostolic age as in their own time), we conceive none could justlycondemn such a laudable motive. Surely a supercilious contempt


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heard of them at all?1

TIMOTHY. Why, I understand that there are amongst usindividuals as godless as they are absurd, and that in the midst of thesacred quire 2 (to speak in comedian style;) but as to their dogmas,their customs, their laws, their proceedings, their discourses, I havenot yet been able to learn any thing about them; wherefore I beg ofyou to tell me most explicitly whatever you know, if you aredisposed to oblige an intimate acquaintance, I will even add, a friend.

THRACIAN. Even have it So, friend Timothy, though it be

enough to give one a headache if he but attempt to describe theoutlandish doctrines and doings of dremonry; and though youcannot possibly derive any advantage from such description - for, tfit be true what Simonides says, that the statement of facts is theirdelineation,3 and that therefore the statement of profitable facts mustbe profitable, and the statement of unprofitable facts quite theopposite what possible benefit could you derive from mydelineating their seductive statements?

TIMOTHY. - Nay, but I shall be greatly benefited, Thracian; surelyit is not unserviceable for physicians to be acquainted with drugs of adeadly nature, that so none may be endangered by their use: besides,some of the particulars, at all events, will not be unprofitable. Wehave our choice, therefore, either to carry off from your disquisitionwhat is profitable, or to be on our guard of it if it have anythingpernicious.

THRACIAN. - Agreed, my friend; you shall hear (as the poet says)truths certainly, but most unpleasant ones: but if my narrative advert[refers] to certain unseemly proceedings, I require of you, in commonjustice, not to be angry with me who relate them, but with those who

t The Euchitre came from Thrace, so it is significant that one of the speakers is aThracian, who can therefore be expected to know more about the Euchitre thanTimothy. -Ed.'In holy orders.3 The statement of facts is their delineatio The following is an expression notonly of Simonides, but Democritus, l,oyoq epyou oKrn, the narrative of a fact is itsshadow.


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earthly alone, even Satan[ael],r dignifying him with the most augustnames, as, the First-begotten, Estranged from the Father, the Creatorof Plants and Animals, and the rest of the compound beings.Preferring to make suit to him who is the Destroyer and Murderer,gracious God! How many insults do they offer to the Celestial,whom they pronounce envious, an unnatural persecutor of hisbrother, (who administers judiciously the government of the world)and aver, that it is his being puffed up with envy [that] occasionsearthquakes and hail and famine, on which account they imprecateon him, as well other anathemas, as in particular that horrible one!

TIMOTHY. By what train of reasoning have they broughtthemselves to believe and pronounce Satan[ael] a son of God, whennot merely the Prophetic Writings, but the Oracles of Divine Trutheverywhere speak but of one son, and he that reclined on our Lord'sbosom (as is recorded in the Holy Gospel), exclaims, concerning thedivine l,oyog flogos], "the Glory as of the Only-begotten of theFather," whence has such a tremendous error assailed them?

THRACIAN. - Whence, Timothy, but from the Prince of Lies, whodeceives the understandings of his witless votaries by such vain-glorious fiction, vaunting that he will place his throne above theclouds, and averring that he will be equal to the Highest; for thisvery reason he has been consigned to outer darkness: and when heappears to them, he announces himself the first-begotten son of Godand creator of all terrene [earthly] things, 2 who disposes of

' The original Greek is Zaravaq,), Satanael, not Zaravaa Satan, here and in allsubsequent mentions. The ending '-ael' or '-iel' in Hebrew mythology oftenindicated an angel, as 'El' was the divine suffix and one of the names of god.Psellus would have been aware of this, and used'Satanael'advisedly. So here thetranslator might be doing Psellus an injustice. See the section on the Bogomils inthe Introduction. -Ed.2 This, it must be admitted, is the true character of Satan, so far as regards his lyingpropensities; he was a liar from the beginning. "When he speaketh a lie he speakethhis own, for he is a liar, and his (the liar's) father." But whether there be anadmixture of vanity with mendacity, or his lies be uttered purely with a view todeceive, is not so easily determined; yet certainly his mendacious address to theMessiah, "All this power will I give thee and the glory of them, for that is delivered


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THRACIAN. - As to profit, I do not know that they derive drrlr but Irather think not; for though the demons promise them gold, andpossessions, and notoriety, yet you know they cannot glve them to any:they do, however, present to the initiated phantasms and flashingappearances,l which these men-detesters of God call visions of God.Such as wish to be spectators of them, gracious Heavens! How manyshameful things, how many unutterable and detestable [things] mustthey witness! For everything which we consider sanctioned by law, anda doctrine to be preached, and a duty to be practised, they madlydisregar d, ray, they even disregard the laws of nature; to commit theirdebaucheries to writing would only befit the impure pen ofArchilochus,2 nay,I do think that were he present he would be loath tocolrunemorate orgies so detestable and vile, as were never witnessed inCreece, no, nor in any barbarous land; for where or when did anyoneever hear that man, that august and sacred animal, ate excretions,whether moist or dry - a monstrosity whictu I believe, not even wildbeasts in a rabid state are capable of committing, and yet this is but thepreliminary proceeding with these execrable wretches.

TIMOTHY. - What for, Thracian?

THRACIAN. oh, this is one of their secrets they know bestwho do it: however, on my frequently questioning on this point, all Icould learn was, that the demons became friendly and affable ontheir partaking of the excretions. In this particular I was satisfiedthey spoke truth, though incapable of speaking it in other matters;since nothing can be so eminently gratifying to hostile spirits as tosee man (who is an object of envy), man who has been honouredwith the Divine image, fallen to such a state of degradation: this is

' This wording has echoes of the phraseology of the Chaldaean

2 n, 35 Oracles. -Ed.' The impure pen of Archilochus. - Archilochus was paying his addresses to the

daughter of one Lycambes, and was accepted as a suitor; but a richer candidate forthe lady's hand presenting himself, [and] Archilochus was dismissed. Upon thisArchilochus lampooned Lycambes in Iambic verse, and that with such effect that ina fit of vexation he [Lycambes] committed suicide. Horace, in his Ars Poetica (v.79), in allusion to this circumstance, says:- '(Archilocum proprio rabies armavitIambo."


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mystical sacrifice,l God preserve me! who could describe it? I blushto repeat the shameful things I witnessed, and yet I am bound torepeat them, for you, Timothy, have already prevailed on me; I willtherefore skim over them lightly, omitting the more shamefulproceedings, lest I should seem to be acting a tragedy, [rather thangiving a plain statement of facts.] z

Vesperi enim luminibus accensis, quo tempore salutarem domini celebramuspassionem, in domum prescriptam deductis, quas sacrilegi sacris suisinitiaaerunt, puellis ne lucem execrnndi quod designnnt, flagitii testem habeant,

cum puellis libidinose aolutantur in quamcumque tnndem, seu sororem, seu

propriam fliam, seu mntrem quilibet inciderit. Siquidem et hac in redamonibus rem gratnm facere arbitrantur, si leges diainas transgressi fuerint,in quibas cautum est, ne nuptia cum sanguine cognato contrahantur.3

Having perfected this rite, they are dismissed; on the expiry of ninemonths, when the unnatural progeny of an unnatural seed is aboutbeing born, they meet again at the same place, and on the third dayafter parturition, tearing the wretched infants from their mothers,and scarifying their tender flesh with knives, they catch in basins thedripping blood, and casting the infants, still breathing, on the pile,consume them; afterwards, mingling their ashes with the blood inthe basins, they make a sort of horrible compound, with which,secretly defiling their food, liquid and solid, like those who mixpoison with mead, not only they themselves partake of these viands,but others also who are not privy to their secret proceedings.a

TIMOTHY. What end do they propose to themselves by such

Praying-men, who formed perhaps the uneducated and largest portion - the last

being most generally known, and the most numerous, the whole body might have

P-: called by the general name, Euchitre.' This expression the Euchitre derived from the Christians, who designated theLord's Supper the mystical, i.e., symbolical sacrifice. This seems to indicate thatTransubstantiation [of bread and wine] formed no part of the primitive creed.t NOTE. - Wherever brackets are supplied thus i ] the words included are not theauthor's, but are merely inserted to make the sense more explicit.3 Basically a description of various incestuous sexual relationships.o This sounds like the worst kind of Christian propaganda against the Euchitre,which was seen as fair game, being a heretical sect. -Ed.


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live worse than wild beasts, for now Antichrist 1 is at hand, even atthe doors, and evil precursors in the shape of monstrous doctrinesand unlawful practices, flo better than the orgies of Bacchus, mustusher in his advent. And whatever things have been represented bythe Greeks in their tragedies, as Saturn and Thyestes 2 and Tantalusdevouring their offspring, CEdipus debauching his mother, andCinyras e his daughters, all these fearful enormities will break inupon our state; but see my son, and be on your guard, for know,know for certain, that not only individuals from the illiterate andunpolished class, but many also of the learned,a will be drawn awayinto the same practices." These things, if I am to judge from theresult, he spoke prophetically; but I, when I recall to mind his words,which are as fresh in my memory now as when he uttered them, amsurprised at what you tell me.

THRACIAN. - And well you may be surprised; for, many as are theabsurd nations described by historians in the far North, and the partsabout Lybra and Syrtes, yet I venture to say no one has ever heard ofsuch impiety being practised by them, rLo, nor by the Celts, nor byany other nation near Britain, though [it is] destitute of laws and in asavage state.

TIMOTHY. It is afflicting to think, Thracian, that such horriblepractices should take up their abode in our quarter of the world. Buta perplexity of long standing respecting demons distresses me;among other things, I should like to know whether they aremanifestly seen by the demoniacal wretches [who evoke them].

THRACIAN. - Not a doubt of it, my frien d, for this [result] they all

lAn being who resembles Christ but does not give true salvation, who appearsclose to the end-time, as mentioned in Revelations. -Ed.t Atreus cooked and served Thyestes' sons to him. *Ed.

'King of Cyprus, son of Apollo. -Ed.o It is somewhat remarkabl. thut heresy (we use the word in its present acceptation)has always originated with the learned. We doubt if there can be adduced a singleinstance of an illiterate heresiarch [founder of a heresy], which would seem to showthat its rise is not owing so much to the ignorance of the multitude as to a daringspirit of innovation and depraved ambition in men of learning.


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when the ministering spirits are despatched to their respectiveemployments t (ur the divine Paul says) they must needs have somebody, in order to their moving, becoming stationary and apparent;for these effects could not be accomplished otherwise than throughthe medium of a body.

TIMOTHY. - How comes it then, that in most passages of Scripturethey are spoken of as incorporeal.

THRACIAN. It is the practice both with Christian and profaneauthors, even the most ancient, to speak of the grosser description ofbodies as corporcal; but those which are very thin, eluding both thesight and touch, not only we Christians, but even many profaneauthors think fit to call incorporeal.

TIMOTHY. But tell me, the body which angels have by naturalconstitution, is it the same with that which demons have?

THRACIAN. - What folly! There must be a vast difference, for theangelic, emitting a sort of extraneous rays, is oppressive andintolerable to the visual organs: but as to the demonic, whether itwas once of this sort I cannot say, but so it would seem; (for Esaias

[Isaiah] disparagingly calls Lucifer "him that had fallen") now,however it is an obscure and darksome sort of thing, saddened inaspect, divested of its kindred light; but the angelic nature isimmaterial, and therefore is capable of penetrating and passingthrough all solids, being more impalpable than the sun's tays, which,passing through transparent bodies, the opaque objects on this earthreflect, so as to render its stroke endurable, for there is somethingmaterial in it; but nothing can interpose opposition to an angel,because they present opposition to nothing, not being homogeneousrvith any thingi on the other hand, the bodies of demons, thoughconstituted indistinct by their tenuity; are yet in some measurematerial and palpable.

TIMOTHY. - I am becoming quite a sage, Thracian, (as the proverb

' The passage referred to, plainly is, "are they not all ministering spirits sent forth tominister to those who shall be heirs of salvation."


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damonibus inesse, aasaae spermntica et aitalia aasa quidem eis, inquit me,

hujusmodi nulla insunt, superflui autem seu excrementi nescio quidemittunt hoc mihi asserenti credito. t

But, said I, if they derive nourishment, they must derive it as we do?Marcus [for that was his name], replied, some derive it by inhalation,as for instance a spirit resident in lungs and nerves, and some frommoisture, but not as we do, with the mouth, but as sponges andtestaceous2 fishes do, by drawing nourishment from the extraneousmoisture lying around them, and they afterwards void [give out] aspermatic substance, but they do not all resemble each other in thisparticular, but only such descriptions of demons as are allied tomatter, such as the Lucifugus,3 and Aqueous, and Subterranean. Andare there many descriptions of demons, Marcus, I asked again?There are man/, said he, and of every possible variety of figure andconformation, so that the air is full of them, both that above and thataround us, the earth and the sea are full of them, and the lowestsubterranean depths. Then, said I, if it would not be troublesome,would you particularize each? It would be troublesome, said he, torecall to mind matters I have dislodged from thence, yet I cannotrefuse, when you command, and so saying he counted off manyspecies of demons, adding their names, their forms, and their haunts.

TIMOTHY. What's to hinder you then Thracian, enumeratingthem to us?

THRACIAN. I was not very solicitous, ffiy good sir, to retaineither the substance or arrangement of that conversation, nor can Inow recollect it. What possible benefit could I derive from an over-solicitude to retain their names, their, haunts, and in what particularthey resemble, and in what differ from each other? Therefore, I haveallowed such insipid matter to escape my memory, fect, I retain alittle out of a great deal, and whatever you are curious about, if youenquire of me you shall know it.

I About the eating of excrement.' Shellfish and others having a hard shell. -Ed.'Demons who "flee the light". -Ed.


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us, for the entire genus has been expelled from the regions adjacentto the moon, as a profane thing with us would be expelled from a

temple, but the second occupies the air contiguous to us, and iscalled by the proper name A€rial; the third is the Earthly, the fourththe Aqueous and Marine, the fifth the Subterranean, and the last theLucifugus, which can scarcely be considered sentient beings.

All these species of demons are haters of God, and enemies of man,and they say, that the Aqueous and Subterranean are worse than themerely bad, but that the Lucifugus are eminently malicious andmischievous, for these, said he, not merely impair men's intellects,byfantasies and illusions, but destroy them with the same alacrity as wewould the most savage wild beast. The Aqueous suffocate in thewater all that approach them; the Subterranean and Lucifugus, ifthey can only insinuate themselves into the lungs of those they meet,seize and choke them, rendering them epileptic and insane; theA€rial and Earthly, with art and cunning stealthily approach anddeceive men's minds, impelling them to unlawful and unnaturallusts.

But how, said I, or what doing [what], do they accomplish this? Is itby lording it over us, and leading us about wherever they please, as

if we were so many slaves? Not by lording it over us, says Marcus,but by leading us into reminiscences, for when we are in animaginative spirit, approaching by virtue of their spiritual nature,they whisper descriptions of sensual delights and pleasures, not thatthey actually emit distinct sounds, but they insinuate a sort ofmurmur, that serves with them the place of words. But it isimpossible, said I, they could utter words without sound?

It is not impossible, said he, as you will perceive, if you only reflect,that when one is speaking to another at a distance, he must speak ina high k"y, but if he be near, he need barely murmur, and whisperinto the ear of his auditor [istener], and if one could approach thevery essence of the soul, there would be no occasion for any soundwhatever,but any word we pleased would reach its destination by unoiseless path; a faculty which they say is possessed by disembodiedspirits, for they bold communication with each other in a noiseless


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the Charonean spirit 1 destroys every thing that comes in its way,whether beast, man, or bird; in the same way these demonsterrifically destroy everyone they fall in with, injuring them in bodyand mind, and subverting their natural habits; sometimes theydestroy not merely men, but even irrational animals, in the fire, inthe water, or by casting them over precipices.2

TIMOTHY. But what can be their object in entering irrationalanimals? For this happened to the swine, at Gargasa 3 (as the SacredWritings attest). I am not surprised if, being hostile to men, theyinjure them; but what is the sense of their entering irrationalanimals?a

THRACIAN. Marcus said that it was not from any motive ofhatred, nor from any hostile intention, that they pounced upon somebeasts, but from a vehement desire for animal heat; for, as theyinhabit the most profound depths, which are cold to the last degree,and destitute of moisture, they are excessively cold; being contractedand pained in consequence, they naturally long for a moist andvivifying heat to revel in, and spring into irrational animals, and

I Associated with caves and the Underworld. -Ed.2 A reference to Christ driving out demons in Gadarenes, which subsequentlylodged in swine, and which then conveniently threw themselves over a precipice. -Ed.

' Presumably Gerasene or Gadarenes . See Mark 5:l-20: "And they came over untothe other side of the sea [of Galilee], into the country of the Gadarenes. And whenhe fJesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs aman with an unclean spirit. Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no mancould bind him, not [even] with chains ...neither could any man tame him...And allthe devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter intothem. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, andentered into the swine: and [then] the herd ran violently down a steep place into thesea...and were choked in the sea." -Ed.o The point of choosing to enter into irrational animals was that they feared Jesuswould cast them into water, in the same way Solomon had used water to controldemons. Luke 8:31: "And they [the demons] besought him fJesus] that he would notcommand them to go out into the deep". But Jesus tricked them, by allowing themto enter into the herd of 2000 swine, and then compelling the animals to throwthemselves into the sea, thereby neatly accomplishing what the demons had mostfeared. -Ed.


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divine power, procurable by prayer and fasti.g.t

"BrJt, Marcus," said I, "physicians would persuade us to be ofanother way of thinking, for they assert that such affections are notproduced by demons, but are occasioned by an excess or deficiencyof humours, or by a disordered state of the animal spirits, andaccordingly they endeavour to cure them by medicine or dieteticalregimen, but not by incantations or purifications."

Marcus replied - "It is not at all surprising if physicians make such

an assertion, for they understand nothing but what is perceived bythe senses, their whole attention being devoted to the body.Lethargies, Syncopes,2 cases of hypochondriasm, delirium, whichthey can remove by vomits, or evacuations, or unguents,3 it is quitecorrect to say that there are the effects of disordered humours; butenthusiasms, and madness, and possessions, with which when one isseized he is incapable of making any use of his judgment, his tongue,his imagination, his senses, it is quite another thing [that] moves andexcites them, and speaks what the person seized is unconscious ofuttering, though occasionally be prophesies something." With whatpropriety [I ask] can these effects be called the disorderedmovements of matter?

TIMOTHY. - How now, Thracian! do you yourself assent to whatMarcus says?

THRACIAN. Most undoubtedly, Timothy; for how could I dootherwise, when I recollect what the holy Gospels relate concerningpersons possessed with dremons, and what befell the man of Corinthat Paul's command,a and how many wonderful things are related ofthem by the [Church] Fathers; and moreover saw with my own eyes,

and heard with my own ears, their doings at Elason; for a man in

' Our Lord says, in reference to the expulsion of dremons, "This kind goeth notforth but by prayer and fasting." To this declaration allusion is here evidently made.

' Loss of consciousness, fainting. -Ed.

' F.o* this we learn that the application of unguents to the sick, referred to by theApostle James, was not a religious, but a purely medical application.a Paul commanded that the man of Corith who had committed incest should beexcommun-icated. -Ed.


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srq Surluroue pue 'qlnoru sn{ olut 8ut}}lds 'qratl uleual e Jo a>le1red

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on the cheek, "you," said he, "fot this one blow shall receive many;and you," satd he, turning to me, "shall, suffer great calamities inyour person, for the demons are fearfully incensed against you forsubverting their service, and will involve you in harassing dangers,such as you cannot by any possibility escape, unless some powersuperior to that of demons extricate you.1 These things the pollutedwretch predicted, as if uttering oracles from the Delphic Tripod; forthey all happened, and I have been almost undone by the numerousdangers which beset me; from which my Saviour alone wonderfullyrescued me; but who that has seen the oracle in which demons playupon wind instruments,2 will say that madness in all its forms are

t Thi, is just the oracular style. There was always some proviso attached to oracularresponses, or some ambiguity in them, which was calculated to save the oracle'scredit. Thus when Crcsus applied to Apollo's oracle at Delphos, to know whether heshould march against Cyrus, he received for answer -

"CrGSLts Halym penetrans, magnam pervertet opum vim.""lf Crcesus cross the river Halys, he shall overturn a great empire."

The event proved fto be] his own overthrow. The same ambiguity attends thefamous reply of the same oracle to Pyrrhus: -

"Aio te Aacida, Romanos vincere possum.""I do pronounce that Rome Pynhus shall overcome."

Which may be interpreted to mean, either that Rome should overcome Pyrrhus, orthat Pyrrhus should overcome Rome. It is in much the same prudential spirit ourhero of Elason here adds, "unless some power superior to the dremons extricateyou."2 This is a passage on which we confess ourselves utterly unable to throw any light;we scarcely dare to hazard a conjecture. It strikes us, however, that a verysuccessful imposture might be played off by means of A,olian harps. Perhaps it is tosomething of that nature allusion is made. We may observe, by the way, it is a greatmistake to suppose that oracles ceased universally on the coming of Christ (as whatis here mentioned proves). Though daily declining, they continued long after, as thelaws of the Emperors Theodosius 1378-395 and 408-450 C.E.l, Gratian 1407 C.E.l,and Valerian 1253-260 C.E.] against such as consulted them clearly evince. It wouldbe more proper to say that wherever the power of Christ was brought to bear uponthem they ceased, and eventually died out. Their cessation is attested by Strabo,Juvenal, Lucan, and others. Plutarch accounts for it by saying that the benefits ofthe Gods are not eternal, as themselves, or that the genii who presided over oraclesare subject to death; whilst Athanasius tells the Pagans they have been witnessesthemselves thatthe sign of the cross puts the dremons to flight, silences oracles, and


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ul JI se 'pue 'sursruoxa snl Wyw leJaqrl aJoru sem Jau8raro; ar{} uaqm

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so much as seen an Armenian, and understood nothing but herconnubial and domestic duties.l On her recovery I asked what shehad undergone, and if she could recall to mind anything that hadoccurred; she said she saw a sort of darksome spectre, resembling awoman/ with the hair dishevelled, springing upon her; that in herterror she had fallen on the bed, and from that time had norecollection of what has occurred. She spoke thus on her recovery.Ever since that event a sort of bond of ambiguity keeps me perplexed,as to how the demon which harassed this woman could seemfeminine, for we may well question whether the distinction of sexprevails amongst the demons as amongst the creatures of earth; and,

t How is a fact of the nature here recorded to be accounted for but on preternaturalprinciples? We do not mean to contend for the truth of the particular fact hererecorded, but doubtless this, if a supposed case, was similar to other real cases thatmight have been adduced; else Psellus would not have introduced it in his Dialogue.Very pertinent to our present purpose is the following from Calmet's Dictionary:-"Some efforts that seem to be supernatural may be effects of heated imagination, ofmelancholy blood, of tricks and contrivance; but if a person suddenly should speakand understand languages he never learned, talk of sublime matters he never studied,discover things secret and unknown; should he lift up himself in the air withoutvisible assistance , act and speak in a manner very different from his natural temperand condition, and all this without any inducement from interest, passion, or othernatural motive; if all these circumstances, or the greater part of them, concur in thesame possession, can there be any room to suspect that it is not real? There have,then, been possessions in which all those circumstances concurred; there have,therefore, been real ones, but especially those which the Gospel declare as such."(Calmet's Dictlionary]. Artficle]. Dremon.) To much the same pulpose is thefollowing, from the Encyclopaedia Britannica:-"All that Revelation makes known,all that human reason can conjecture, concerning the existence of various orders ofspiritual beings, good and bad, is perfectly consistent with, and even favourable to,the doctrine of drmoniacal possession. It was generally believed throughout theancient heathen world; it was equally well known to the Jews, and equally respectedby them; it is mentioned in the New Testament in such language, and suchnarratives are related concerning it, that the Gospels cannot well be regarded in anyother light than as pieces of imposture, and Jesus Christ must be considered a. aman who dishonestly took advantage of the weakness and ignorance of hiscontemporaries, if this doctrine be nothing but a vulgar error. It teaches nothinginconsistent with the general conduct of Providence; it is not the coution ofphilosophy, but the pride of reason, that suggests objections against this doctrine."(Encyllopaedial Britlannicaf, p. 58. editfion] Edin[burgh], I 823.)


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contracted into a less bulk, the next stretched out into a greater length.

The same thing we see exemplified in lubricous animals in thebowels of the earth, owing to the softness and pliability of theirnature, which are not merely altered in respect of size, but also inrespect of appearance; and that in a variety of ways; the body ofdemons likewise is accommodative in both particulars: not only is itpeculiarly yielding, and takes the impression of objects, but, becauseit is aerial, it is susceptible of all kinds of hues, as is the atmosphere;such is the body of demons, owing to the imaginative energyinherent in it, and which extends to it the appearance of colours; for,as when we are panic-struck, we first are pale, and afterwards blush,according as the mind is variously affected, owing to the soulextending such affections [emotions] to the body, we may wellsuppose it is just the same way with the demons, for they fromwithin can send out to their bodies the semblance of colours; forwhich reason each, when metamorphosed into that appearancewhich is agreeable, extending over the surface of his body theappearance of colour, sometimes appears as a man, sometimes ismetamorphosed as a woman, and, changing those forms, it retainsneither constantly, for its appearance is not substantial, butresembles what occurs in the atmosphere, or water, in which you nosooner infuse a colour, or delineate a form, than straightway itdissolves and is dispelled.

We may perceive that the demons are liable to similar affections, forin them colour, and figure, and all appearance whatever isevanescent. In these things Marcus, as I conjecture, said what wasprobable; and from this time forward let not the question harass you,whether the distinction of sex exists in demons on account of thegenital member appearing in them, for these, whether male or female,are not constant nor habitual; therefore consider that the demonwhich so much harassed the woman in confinement seemed like awoman, not because it was really and habitually feminine; butbecause, it presented the appearance of a woman.

TIMOTHY. But how comes it Thracian, that it does not assumenow one form, and now another, like the other demons, but is


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passerer{ }er{} uoruap aql p 'paxaldrad ile le aq lou plnoqs nod 1ng

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ol tcadsal LIIIM uorlrsod alelparuJalul ue Surddnrto 'auaual puesnoanby aql luosrad ;o dlrplesra^ pue dppqerld Jo passassod Suraq

1ou 'sacuereadde p4rads snoJaurnu Jo alqedecul aJe daql ro; 'sturol;o dlarren e aurnsse lou op daql lr8nprnl pue ueauerralqns aql aleruat{} ruorJ }uara1Jrp dran 1}ra[qo alqeur8etur drana ol spua]xa ]eql auo

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'o passassod aJe IerJ?V pue parddurg

aLIl se auros 'uraql ls8uotue roy lpar;rsJalrp dllear8 ale suolrep Josanads ar{l osp rauueru arues aql uI '[uor1e]luaruqe;o asodrnd a18urs

ar{t roJ uorleur8erm aql Sursnraxa lne 'oB o1 lq8no daqt raqllqmro 'paarord daql araqm 'anea1 daql aloq aL{} uaql ;o due Sumtoullou 'pa1rr,4sar dlSurpaarxa ft1nre; sFIt aleq 'srurom pue saIIJ

rllpt 's1eu8 pue lsraurvro rrar{l ro '1e1s Jraq} 'arnlsed +e suoruedurorJraql ['aruelsul JoJ se] dllnceJ alrleur8eun ar{l aslJraxa qJrqan's8ulqtaruos ol lnq spualxa q4{,vr 'uorleur8erur Jo Uos paulluoJ aJour e qlIM'1ros leql Jo slerurue pue 'uaxo 'sas.ro11 'rlgea sHl uo pue 'punoJepue 'uaneaq ur qloq 's1ra[qo alqrsuas ile lsorup o+ spua+xa r{Jlr{zvr

auo 'uorleur8eurr alrsJnJsrp aJour e r{llzra. pag€ sr sJamod puorlerpue pnlJallalur r{llzw pamopua Suraq 'uelu 'urar{} ls8uoue se rwou

'sleurrue punoduroJ legotu ls8uotue se'leuorleJJr ale auros JoJ'uraqlls8uorue dlrs;arrrp lear8 e sr aJaql JelnJrlred slql ut leqt uorleurlJurpue ramod aures aql lou aleq suoruap ile ]eql p1es aq 'uosea.ralqeqordrur lou e pauSrsse snrretr tr 'ool slr{} roc 'NVIfvuHJ

ZluaruaurJuoJ ur uaurorvr dq uaas are dpo uJoJ alerua1 aql Josuotuep 1eq1 'duetu tuoJJ pJear{ a^eq I JoJ 'turo; sttl} ul uaas sderr,rp

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It is impossible to ascertain the peculiar tongue of each particulardemon, whether [for instance,] such a demon speak in the Hebrew,or Greek, or Syriac, or other barbarous tongue; indeed, [I may ask,]what absolute need have they of a voice, who usually holdintercourse without one? [as I already observed,] but as in the case ofthe angels t of the nations, different angels being appointed over

I This is speaking very particularly on a subject respecting which we knowlittle or nothing, "secret things belong unto God, but the things that arerevealed," &c. We are not under any necessity for supposing, that angelicbeings understand each [other], but a single language, they may have anintuitive perception of all languages, and hold intercourse with each other,in a manner, of which we cannot form the most remote conception, it is idleto speculate on such a subject. Most that can be safely affirmed respectingthem, may be comprised within a few words - that they are innumerable

- that they are God's executive - that they are vastly superior to us inmight and intelligence - and are employed doing good offices to the pious.With respect to the manner and circumstances of their appearance, wecannot do better than cite what Calmet says on this subject:- "Thediscovery of angels has usually been after they had delivered their message,and always for the purpose of a sign, in confirmation of the faith of theparty whom they had addressed; it is evident that the angel who appearedto Manoah, was taken by both Manoah and his wife for a prophet only, tillafter he had delivered his message, he took leave "wonderfullyi' toconvince them of his extraordinary nature; thus the angel that wrestled withJacob, at last put the hollow of his thigh out or joint, a token that he was nomere man. The angel that spoke to Zacharias, rendered him dumb atoken beyond the power of mere mary (e.g. an impostor speaking falsely inthe name of God,) to produce: and so of others." Sometimes angels did notreveal themselves fully, they gave as it were, obscure and very indistinct,though powerful intimations of their presence. When angels werecommissioned to appear to certain persons only, others who were incompany with those persons had revelations, which indicated anextraordinary occurrence; although the appearance was not to them, yetthey seemed to have felt the effects of it, as Danfiel] x., 7 - "I, Daniel, alonesaw the vision; the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a greatquaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselaes." Paul's vision wasvery similar in its effects, see Acfs ix, 7 , xxli, 9, and xxvi, 14, also that seen bythe guards at the sepulchre, on the occasion of our Lord's Resurrection,


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aruarrnrro ue qrns leql eapr aql arueualunoJ ,,'r"Tno;nTt"rl:t:ffit;i,TJirTJia^eq aruos dqaraql ro; 'sra8ue4s ur€ualua ol ppa8rol ]ou ag,, 'uorlegoqxarrlolsody aql lou saop 'rasrm aq] aq dlpraua8 arl,r. uer zvtorl ('sprqrol Surqlouse pue 'pasoddns aq lsnru se) 'd1a1a1dtuor lr arunsse daql JI lnq 1ga1 uerarw lq8no roJ aJuereadde uerunq ar{} atunsse uauo deru daql 'saruaS{la}ulIeqsalaoJ se u,vrou>1 sallasruaq] aTeru o] suolseJ)o relnrrl.red uosrapro per{ a^eq daql +eql Suqlnupe ur dllnrlJJlp ou a^er{ uer azvt 'pur>1uetu

Jo af,rlras pue arer aql ur pa8e8ua dlqrsrzrut Suraq sla8uy 'IIIAXx lma4)qqu11t1

paqrledsap dlensn are oLIM sla8ue aq] pue 'saceld ueaueJJatqnspue sassdqe o1 Iessrursrp e Surreay dlqeuo4sanbun 'ra11etu ol pallleare lellt asor{I '[so3o1] SoAoy auIAIC[ aql ]o aureu alqlrral aq] p1e

sI{ ol slle) 'raanod aurlrq aq} uo Surdlar pue /poD ;o drqsrom ar{l ol

qasrunl slJrppe se ra+Jereqr dloq e r{Jns ssalun 'paleraq[ aq ueJ ruaq]dq passeJer{ auo ou pue '8ur4nqa.r uosrad aLI} qsm8urlsrp uer 'tuaqla{nqal auo Jr 'arua8qlalur Jo arer{s 1sa3.re1 ar{} Sulssassod paapur

[suourep] pugy aql 'ra]leru ol parfie are se qrns dlercadsa lng'aurarlxa aql q dlprezra.oJ pue 'ploq aJe suourap Jo sarcads snorJelar{} 'palJasqo tuaq} aloural ol aq pue 'sntJel4tr o+ aurur passardxa

1 tuat{l uo s}qnop rnod prear{ I aroJaq lslurod asalll uo paxaldraduaaq seq oq1vr 'dqtorulr uosrad dpo aql lou are no^ - 'NVIfvuHJ

eJooledaa>1 pue 'rea1 qll^ qrnorr daql leql /qrns ruory Sur.rayyns ;o alqederpasoddns aq o+ daql are leqM ZproMS e pue slearql rea; daql ler{l ?oalqedec d".Il are Sur.ra;Jns leqm 1nq luenerql os ll ag - 'AHIOI IIJ

'an8uolre8prr aql aJaM 1l JI se [,sueruaturv aLI]l an8uol rraql asn ol ra;ard'araqmasla oB ol uaddeq daql p 'sueruauJv aql ls8uoure suoruepaq+ 'ool Jauueru aures aql ur 'suotlelueJur ueqdtlSy Jo suearudq qceb tdde o+ parnpur aram d".{l sue4dd8i7 aql Suotue }silr{zw'aappq3 ur pa>Io^a araM saapFLIJ aql Vlluvl sraqlo lnq 'strola11ur salJero para^rlap $IaarD aql wyvr uat{} to atuos uosear TIJIqMro; 'suourap ar{} r{llzvr ,{ettt aures aq} sl lI ler{l 'apnpuor dlqeuoseaJderu a,vr lsuorleu anrlradsar rrarn Jo an8uol aql qJea asn daql'raq+o qJea Vllzu, alelJosse lsntu slaBue luaJaJJrp 'suoqeu luaJatpp

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against them, when one threatens them with these, [the angels,] andtheir being conveyed away to such places, and calls over them, thedesignation of the angels appointed to this office, 1 are afraid, andthrown into great perturbation; so that from being deranged, theycannot discern who it is that threatens.

TIMOTHY. But what advantage, did he say, resulted from theservice of the A€rial demons?

THRACIAN. He did not say, my good friend, that any goodresulted from those proceedings; indeed the things themselvesproclaim in a barefaced manner that they are made up of vanity,imposture, and a groundless imagination, however fiery meteors,such as are usually called falling stars, descend from them on theirworshippers, which the madmen have the hardihood to call visionsof God, though they have no truth, nor certainty, nor stability aboutthem, (for what [creature] of a luminous character, could belong tothe darkened demons,) and though they are but ridiculous tricks oftheirs,2 [could] such things as are effected by optical illusions, or by

t Here the doctrine that demons can be constrained by invoking their correspondingangel is set out. The angels appointed to this office are listed in grimoires, where itis made clear that the invocation of the correct angel to control a specific demon isone of the methods used. See Skinner & Rankine, The Goetia of Dr Rudd, GoldenHoard, Singapore, 2007 . -Ed.t There seems [to be] here an imitation of what took place on the initiation of anindividual, at the Eleusinian Mysteries; we are the more confirmed in this opinion,from this Monk Marcus being designated in a previous part of the work tel"eoqqeTlonlnlq ltelestes epoptesl, an initiated inspector, the very technical phrase appliedto one initiated in the greater mysteries - a yeff having elapsed after one had beeninitiated in the minor mysteries, (in which state he was called pDornq lmustesf); onthe sacrifice of a sow to Ceres, he was admitted to the greater mysteries, the sacredrites of which, some few excepted, (to which none but the priests were conscious,)were frankly revealed to him; whence he was called sqopog fephorosl or rnoTrrrlq

lepoptesl,i.e., Inspector [of the rites], (fJustin] Poll[ard], Antiqfuitesl, vol. I, [page]451.) Upon complying with certain rites, strange and amazing objects presentedthemselves; sometimes the places they were in seemed to shake around them;sometimes [they] appeared bright and resplendent with light, and radiant fire, andthen again covered with blackness and horror, sometimes [accompanied by] thunderand lightning, sometimes frightful voices and bellowings, some-times terrible


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'pil-'E3g Lvz-982 tlrnq BrrpuexelvJo esnoqlqSrl luercue egJ r'uoqrnlur a'1 'nli\oLo0 pellec se1\\

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d.l^ uosear aql sl sn{} luolleredas to }uatuour dran aql q paurcd 1r sr

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are daql 'paplllp are daqt uaqm seaJar{M leql 'ranamoq 'aruaray;rpsl{l r{}lzvr 'sarpoq p[os Jo Jauueru ar{l Jaue paured sr lI 'asuas

;o sueSro Jo uorlua^ralul aql lnoqllM 'qrno1 Jo asuas aql Jo alqedecsr pue 'sreaq pue saas 'll Jo ]red drana ur uoqnlrlsuoJ anrlrsuase Jo pue'1r.rrds raqlaSolp Suraq uoruap e osp 11r.rrds ar{} }o panrrdapasneraq 'Suuayyns Jo alqederul sl ll 'peap ro patJassrp uaqm roJ

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e>lJnJls Suraq;o alqedel aq ol se 'arnleu e qJns Jo aJe suotuep Josalpoq aqt raqlaqm 'lI zvroDl o1 3uo1 I roJ 'sp{} arrr IIaJ - 'AHJOI III

'uorlrprad tuor; palednuerua are Inos pue dpoq rnod qloq ruoqrw dq'poD ol sTuel{} uJn}al pue 'uor}elles rnod dpu8etu ol alqeuoseas sr

lr rwou'Surdaarvr JoJ aruq Jalll; e asoor{J uer nod'pps ruH'SurlosuorI pue 'srea1 ;o poolJ e paqs snt{} alods Surneq snJreIN 'eas aqlJo ssau{rep aql ladsrp o1 pareld 1'soreq4 € aTII V}roy Sururqs 'qlnrl JoVled aql dq [uorlenlrs snolrrad dru uory] aru palerrr]xa nod 1ou peq'alqelrnaur uaaq per{ uoqrprad ,{tu pue 'paleunsel 1da>1 sem I 'luaruoruluasa;d aql ol dn lad 'uor8rlar s1r{l uopueqe ol Surlelrparu sempue 'aturs 3uo1 paJanoJsrp ueru paqJlaJm 1 s8ulql asaql lsrolelradsaql uo Sursodtur dq dlpar lng asnoln)errtu paller [aq] sueaur [qrns]

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it fears and dreads the points of iron instruments 1 - and exorcists,well aware of their aversion, when they do not wish the demons toapproach a specific place, set darts and swords erect, and providecertain other things, either diverting them from that spot by theirantipathies, or alluring them to another by their attachments. Inthese particulars, Marcus' explanation respecting the demons, in myjudgment, seemed probable.

TIMOTHY. But did he tell you this Thracian? Did he tell youwhether the demons were gifted with foreknowledge?

THRACIAN. - Yes, but not a causal or intelligent, nor experimentalforeknowledge, but merely conjectural, for which reason it mostgenerally fails, so that they scarcely ever utter a particle of truth.

TIMOTHY. Can't you describe to me, the nature of thatforeknowledge, which is inherent in them?

THRACIAN. - I would describe it, if time permitted me, but now'tis time to return home, for as you see, the air around ishazy, andcharged with rain, and if we sit here in the open air, we will be wetthrough-and-through.

TIMOTHY. - Friend, consider what you do, leaving your discourseunfinished.

THRACIAN. - Don't be uneasy, my best friend, for please God, thefirst opportunity you and I meet agatr:.,I will make good whatever iswanting, and, that in the Syracusan style.2

t Iron rather than any other metal has this effect. -Ed.2 Literally beyond the decimes of the Syracusans.


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title of Erteng.l He rejected the Acts of the Apostles, and, though heacknowledged the Epistles that are attributed to St. Paul to be theproduction of that divine Apostle, yet he looked upon them asconsiderably corrupted and falsified in a variety of passages. -

Euchite, or Massalian, (the former being the Greek, the latterthe Hebrew, name), signifying tprayung-men', was a sort of generalepithet for persons distinguished for gravity of manner, and wasapplied in the east with much the same latitude of signification asBeghard and Lollard were afterwards employed in the west, andPuritan in still more modern times; so that many truly piouscharacters, who dared to oppose the mummery and superstition ofthe dark ages, were loaded with the opprobrious epithet Euchite, incommon with those who held most revolting sentiments, and who,from very different motives, opposed the existing orders of things.

Manicheans were also called by this designation. It was nottill toward the close of the fourth century that the Euchite madetheir appearance as a distinct religious body, their name beingderived from their habit of continual prayer; they were founded bycertain monks of Mesopotamia; their doctrine, according to Mosheim,was as follows:-

"They imagined that the mind of every man was inhabited byan eail demon, whom it was impossible to expel by any other meansthan by constant prayer and singing of hymns." To this leading tenetthey added other enormous opinions, evidently derived from thesource whence the Manicheans derived their errors, viz. the tenets ofthe oriental philosophy.z

rThe book referred to is the Ardahang or Ariang which was one of Mani's holybooks, and contained many paintings. -Ed.2 The four other notes which appeared here in the first edition have in this editionbeen moved to the page to which they referred to facilitate ease of reading. -Ed.


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