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  • In classical spec - ulation on art, the inspired genius was said to be entheos, “filled with god,” and because he utters divine words, able to give “birth to beauty.”


  • [102] Enthusiasm is the being [Greek: entheos], or inspired by some god.

    Plutarch's Morals

  • Otherwise, entheos eimi contains everything, for the man who was only common clay before his inspiration, and will be common clay when it departs, feels, for the time, as if a god had descended, and was within him.


  • The Greeks expressed the peculiar feeling that a man has when his inspiration comes upon him by the phrase, entheos eimi, and we can hardly find a better one, only unfortunately we don't believe in gods.


  • It is obvious that "godly" does not come up to the meaning of the original entheos, "into which God is inspired," see below.

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

  • She was inspired by Apollo, [538] it was said, like the Pythia, and like her too became [Greek: entheos] (_possessed_) when uttering her prophecies; this is the earliest fact we know about her, for a famous fragment of

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • Of the _frantic_ type of diviner, the [Greek: entheos], so common in Greece, we hear nothing in the sober Roman annals; the idea of a human being "possessed by a spirit of divination" seems foreign to the

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • Enthusiasts, [Greek: enthousiastai] from [Greek: entheos, ois ho theos enesi], or possibly from [Greek: en thusiais], those who, in sacrifice to, or at, the altar of truth or falsehood, are possessed by a spirit or influence mightier than their own individuality.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2


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