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Monday, July 14, 2008


"Do you then, you excellent and most admirable parents, read this law and hide your faces, you who are continually plotting the deaths of your children, you who entertain cruel designs against your offspring, so as to expose them the moment that they are born, you unreconcilable enemies of the whole race of mankind; for who is there to whom you ever entertain good will, when you are the murderers of your own children? You who as far as it lies in your power, make cities desolate, beginning with the destruction of your nearest relations; you who overturn all the laws of nature, and pull down all that she builds up; you who are savage and untamable in the barbarity of your souls, raising up destruction against birth, and death against life."

Philo of Alexandria
C.D. Yonge translation
On the Virtues, Chapter Twenty-Five

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