Longing for Wisdom: The Message of the Maxims

By Allyson Szabo

Price: $10.99 (paperback) / $2.99 (ebook)
Publication Date: June 2008
Place of Publication: Eugene, Oregon
ISBN: 1438239769 / 9781438239767
Pages: 154 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5″x8.5″

Know yourself. Nothing in excess. Give a pledge and ruin is near. These are the words inscribed on a stele just outside the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Stunning in their simplicity, these Maxims have survived the test of time. Even today, they cause the reader to pause and think about what such short, poignant phrases mean. For those who study Hellenic Polytheism, either in historical or modern religious context, the Delphic Maxims are of great import because they hold a key to understanding early Greek thought. Delving into both the history and the current application of 34 of the Maxims to the creation of personal ethics and morals, Allyson Szabo provides us with a path to personal growth and understanding of the world around us.

About the author: Allyson Szabo is a middle-age woman with an unusual family. She started out life in a family devoted to atheism. During her teen years, she spent a lot of time investigating the mainstream religions, including Catholicism and Judaism. At 19, she met and became involved with Lord Davydd, an Initiate of Alexandrian Wicca. He was her teacher and mentor for 12 years, and remains a close and intimate friend. Through their years together, Allyson learned much about Wicca, mythology, and the history of religion in general. When she struck out on her own, she realized that what she was practicing could no longer be considered Wicca, regardless of how proud she was of her Degrees. In 2007, she ran into a ragtaggle group of Hellenic Polytheists on the Neokoroi and Neos Alexandria message forums, and discovered a strong interest in all things Greek. Today, she lives in chaos with her unconventional family. They are preparing for a move to the wilds of New Hampshire, where she hopes to turn out more books!

Longing for Wisdom can be purchased in paperback through Amazon here, and through Barnes and Noble here. It is also available for the Kindle and Kindle app here.

All of the proceeds from Longing for Wisdom – as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the Greek and Egyptian Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to a worthy charitable organization in their name.

So, not only will you be getting an informative book about the Delphic Maxims – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

We are rebuilding the Library of Alexandria one book at a time!

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Introduction 7
What are the Delphic Maxims? 8
Why the Maxims? 10
How to use this book 14
Before we Begin . . . 16
The Maxims 21
Know Thyself  (Γνωθι σεαυτoν) 23
Nothing in Excess  (Μηδεν αγαν) 28
Give a Pledge and Ruin is Near  (Εγγυην φευγε) 32
Follow God  (Επου θεω) 36
Worship the Gods  (Θεους σεβου) 41
Cling to Discipline  (Παιδειας αντεχου) 46
Honor the Hearth  (Εστιαν τιμα) 50
Think as a Mortal  (Φρονει θνητα) 54
Honor Providence  (Προνοιαν τιμα) 58
Respect Yourself  (Σεαυτον αιδου) 62
Control Anger  (Θυμου κρατει) 65
Crown Your Ancestors  (Προγονους στεφανου) 70
If You Are a Stranger Act Like One  (Ξενος ων ισθι) 74
Pray for Things Possible  (Ευχου δυνατα) 78
Give Back What You Have Received  (Λαβων αποδος) 82
Let Not Your Tongue Outrun Your Thought  (Γλωτταν ισχε) 85
Hold Onto Learning / Do Not Tire of Learning   (Μανθανων μη καμνε) 89
Teach a Youngster (Νεωτερον διδασκε) 96
Exercise (Religious) Silence  (Ευφημιαν ασκει) 104
When You Err, Repent  (Αμαρτανων μετανοει) 109
Pity Supplicants / Have Respect for Supplicants 112
(Ικετας αιδου) 112
Accuse One Who is Present  (Αιτιω παροντα) 115
Test the Character  (Ηθος δοκιμαζε) 118
Do Not Wrong the Dead  (Φθιμενους μη αδικει) 121
Shun Unjust Acts  (Κακιας απεχου) 125
Obey the Law (Νομω πειθου) 129
Finish the Race Without Shrinking Back 133
(Περας επιτελει μη αποδειλιων) 133
Consider the Time / Use Time Sparingly  (Χρονου φειδου) 136
Accept Old Age  (Γηρας προσδεχου) 140
On Reaching the End 144
As a Child, Be Well Behaved  (Παις ων κοσμιος ισθι) 144
As a Youth, Be Self Disciplined  (ηβων εγκρατης) 145
As of Middle Age, Be Just  (μεσος δικαιος) 147
As an Old Man, Be Sensible  (πρεσβυτης ευλογος) 147
On Reaching the End, Be Without Sorrow 148
(τελευτων αλυπος) 148
Conclusion 151
The Delphic Maxims 153
Resources 159
Bibliography 161
About the Author 170
About the Bibliotheca Alexandrina 172


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