31. But you who assert that
you are the defenders and propagators of their immortality, have you
passed by, have you left untouched, any one of them, without assailing
him44784478 with your
abuse? or is there any kind of insult so damnable in the eyes of all,
that you have been afraid to use it upon them, even though
hindered44794479 by the
dignity of their name? Who declared that the gods loved frail and
mortal bodies? was it not you? Who that they perpetrated
those most charming thefts on the couches of others? was it not
you? Who that children had intercourse with their mothers;
and on the other hand, fathers with their virgin daughters?
was it not you? Who that pretty boys, and even grown-up
men of very fine appearance, were wrongfully lusted after?
was it not you? Who declared that they44804480 were
mutilated, debauched,44814481 skilled in dissimulation, thieves,
held in bonds and chains, finally assailed with thunderbolts,
and wounded, that they died, 502and even found graves on earth?
was it not you? While, then, so many and grievous charges
have been raised by you to the injury of the gods, do you dare to
assert that the gods have been displeased because of us, while it has
long been clear that you are the guilty causes of such anger, and the
occasion of the divine wrath?