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Volume IX, Number 4 | fall 2016

Miscellany

A common belief in antiquity was that bees were born of decaying ox flesh. Virgil instructs in his Georgics to stop up a young bullock’s nostrils and mouth, beat it “to a pulp through the unbroken hide,” shut the carcass in a small room to ferment, and await the bees that will burst out “like a shower pouring from summer clouds.”

The enlightened man says: I am body entirely and nothing beside.

- Friedrich Nietzsche, 1883

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