By Arnold Joseph Toynbee, Edward DeLos Myers
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28; cf. Book V, chap. 13, and Book VII, chap. i). The emperor-philosopher relentlessly pursues this theory of the objective nature of the Universe into its subjective consequences for the Soul: 'He who has once seen the Present has for ever seen all things all that will be in an infinite Future, as well as all that has been in a Past that is without beginning. All things are homogeneous and uniform' (Marcus. Meditations, Book VI, chap. 37). The logical conclusion is that a man of forty, if he is not positively deficient in intelligence, must know as much about human life as if he had been studying it for 10,000 years (Book VII, chap.
At this juncture the inhabitants of regions with a mountainous relief, a high altitude, or an arid climate pay a heavier toll than those of riverain or maritime neighbourhoods; and on these occasions we in Egypt are rescued by the Nile, our unfailing saviour, from a quandary from which he is immune himself. There are other occasions on which the Gods cleanse the Earth with a deluge of water, and in these circumstances the shepherds and herdsmen on the mountains survive, while the inhabitants of your towns in Hellas are swept away by the rivers.
21-2, and ix. 1 1-17). It is interesting to find the notion of a periodic destruction of the World by natural catastrophes reappearing in the mythology of the Mexic Society. According to an Aztec myth, there were four successive world-ages, each ending in a destruction of the World by jaguars, by hurricane, by a volcanic rain of fire, and by water, respectively (Spmden, H. J. Ancient Civilisations of Mexico and Central America (New York 1922, American Museum of Natural History), p. 191 Joyce, T.
A study of history, Volume 4, Breakdowns of Civilizations by Arnold Joseph Toynbee, Edward DeLos Myers