chirotus said: One day I endeavor to build a still and make mead brandy
I intend to get together with another horrible witch and make Henbane Gruit Ale.
Because it needs to be done, goddamn it. I will consecrate that stuff to Apollo Soranus and chortle as I try it.
And then probably die in agony or something. Who knows?
Kevin M. Dunn, Caveman Chemistry, has all the chemistry you fine gentlebeings need to brew your own mead, and then operate a still to distill it to alcohol. With appropriate federal permissions as needed, of course.
I’m working my way through this book now, and I recommend it.
They were priests who had been responsible for giving out oracles of the gods who became famous in the region where they’d lived either for founding new traditions or creating new forms of old ones. And this was especially true in the case of people who had been priests of Apollo.
The plainest evidence for all of these founding figures comes from the western coastal regions of Anatolia. Sometimes the priest is lost in the mists of legend; sometimes he’s clearly a historical person. But what’s constant is a chain of succession created by ‘sons’ of Apollo, tracing its existence generation after generation back to the founding hero. For the links between heroes and the worship of Apollo were very close.
And that’s not even to mention the practice of creating special shrines for Iatromantis figures when they died and then treating them as heroes - heroes in the sense of people who had something extraordinary about them, something divine, who through the lives they had lived had gone beyond the limits of ordinary human possibility or experience.”
Calling Parmeneides a Physikos was a way of creating a subtle difference between him and the healers called Oulis. It didn’t mean he wasn’t like them, that he wasn’t concerned or involved in healing; on the contrary. But it was a way he was saying he was something else,something more.
And that’s not the only difference.
The age of the Parmeneides inscription, its style, its shape and size of writing, the condition of the marble it was carved on - every detail was […] the same as the inscriptions on the Oulis healers. But in this case there was something missing. There was no year, no date.
And the reason for that is quite simple. In this case it was because Parmeneides represents year zero: all the numbers on the inscriptions - year 280, year 379, year 446 - were being counted from him.
Century after century this line of healers had continued to exist, looking back to Parmeneides as its source and dating its existence from him. To measure the age of a tradition or institution by dating it from its founder was nothing unusual in the ancient world. It was normal to worship the person as a hero, beginning from the moment they had died.
And there was one formasl way of referring to such a person. This was to call him heros ktistes, the founding hero”
Simple. Declare yourself a magician, behave like a magician, practice magic every day.”