Tuesday, September 12, 2017



Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part 4, chapter "On the Higher Man," § 13 (tr. Walter Kaufmann):
Has there ever been anything filthier on earth than the saints of the desert?

Gab es Schmutzigeres bisher auf Erden als Wüsten-Heilige?
Robert C. Smith and John Lounibos, Pagan and Christian Anxiety: A Response to E.R. Dodds (Lanham: University Press of America, 1984), p. 21 (librum non vidi):
The practice of bathing among the Desert Fathers can be summarized rather succinctly: they did not bathe. Not only did they not bathe, they hated even the thought of entering the water because upon entering it they might be seen naked or, what was perhaps even worse, they might have seen themselves naked.

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