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In this aspect Philostratus is specific (Lifo 1-2), and he exhibits a number of the purposes for which Apollonius was once idea a magician. First, simply because he had lived with the magi in Babylonia, the Brahmans in India, and the "naked sages" in Bgypt. moment, simply because he foresaw and foretold many stuff; this gave him the acceptance of being "wise in supernatural issues. " This referred essentially to his abiUty to Interpret prodigies, however the different miracles with The Marks of a Magician 87 which he was once credited, rather his skill to acknowledge and exorcise de­ mons, should have been significant reasons for the assumption in his magical powers. no matter if the sexual irregularities of which he used to be accused had whatever to do with the cost of magic isn't really transparent. The hierophant at Eleusis who refused to begin him is expounded to have known as him ? Lgoes and "a guy impure as to great­ ordinary things," with no additional rationalization; the previous cost, equally unexplained, is attributed to the monks on the oracle of Trophonius, and to the watchmen of the temple of Dictynna in Crete. The accusation introduced opposed to him befbre Domitian used to be particular: he had sacrificed a boy in a magic ceremony to learn in his entrails the fiiture of the plot opposed to the emperor. His eccentricities in gown and diet—long hair, linen clothing, vegetarianism, and so on. —and the toes that a few humans worshipped him as a god, have been additionally alleged, as was once his giving of oracles. a few fiirther features of magicians are indicated by means of the issues Philostratus, in attempting to transparent his hero of the cost of magic, insists that Apollonius didn't do, thereby telling us that magicians have been idea to do them. He wouldn't sacrifice residing creatures nor also be current once they have been sacrificed {Life I. 31; VIII. vii. 12 end). whilst he known as up the soul of Achilles from che lifeless, it was once now not through the Homeric sacrifices ordinary in nec­ romancy, yet by means of natural prayers (IV. 16). He commanded demons as he might evil males, completely by means of his non secular authority (rv. 44). The accusation of magic introduced opposed to him by way of the thinker Euphrates was once a slander consequent on his publicity of Euphrates' avarice, and the truth that Euphrates didn't strike him once they quarreied used to be no longer because of his magical ability, yet to Euphrates' final minute strength of will. That the landlord of a boat wearing statues of the gods reftised to take him aboard was once now not because of his popularity as impure or illomened, yet to the man's superstition; most folks desired to send with Apollonius simply because they inspiration his presence may hinder storms and assute secure passage (V. 20 vs. IV. 13). he's contrasted with the Egyptians and Chal­ daeans who went concerning the towns organizing expansive sacrifices to stay away from earthquakes and the like—he received the specified effects with more affordable choices (VI. 41). not like magicians he was once no longer out fijr funds, or feme—when he stopped the plague in Ephesus he gave the credits to Hercules the Averter (VIII, vii. 9). in contrast to magicians he did his miracles with no sacrifices, prayers, or spells—by the ability ofhis personal divine nature (VII.

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