Commonplace book #13

The name Greek is no longer a mark of a race, but of an outlook, and is accorded to those who share our culture rather than our blood. – Isocrates (380 BCE, thankyouverymuch)

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4 thoughts on “Commonplace book #13

  1. Diana Luciano Grayfox

    It’s ironic that you posted this. It happens to be a quote I use frequently. As a strega high priestess, I often come across people who are staunch believers that one must be Italian by blood to honor the Gods of our ancestors. I tell them that the Gods welcome all who would honor Them, and that a strega is not required to be of Italian descent but simply to honor our Gods and know our ways.

    I’ve known many seekers who are constantly searching for that “pure” source. “Well the Romans were influenced by the Greeks, so the Greeks must be pure” (insert Isocrates quote here). The Greeks were influenced then by so many others. “Well the Etruscans were there before anyone else.” As far as we know for sure, but they were still influenced by the Greeks and Phoenicians through trade as evidenced in art found by archaeologists. “So where is the pure source?” Does it really matter? What matters is what is in your heart and what the Gods are telling you, if you would only listen.

  2. executivepagan Post author

    What matters is what is in your heart and what the Gods are telling you, if you would only listen.

    Well said!

    Thanks for reading.

  3. executivepagan Post author

    Dana,
    I posted it as an answer to those of Greek nationality (or ancestry) who argue that Greek blood is required in order to worship the Theoi.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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