Note 020
From Chapter 23 of the Decline & Fall

Julian adopts this gross conception by ascribing it to his favourite Marcus Antoninus (Caesares p. 333). The Stoics and Platonists hesitated between the analogy of bodies and the purity of spirits; yet the gravest philosophers inclined to the whimsical fancy of Aristophanes and Lucian, that an unbelieving age might starve the immortal gods. See Observations de Spanheim, p. 284, 444, etc.

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