Chapter V.—Philosophers Inculcate Cannibalism.
Since, then, you have read much, what is your opinion
of the precepts of Zeno, and Diogenes, and Cleanthes, which their books
contain, inculcating the eating of human flesh: that fathers be cooked
and eaten by their own children; and that if any one refuse or reject a
part of this infamous food, he himself be devoured who will not eat?
An utterance even more godless than these is found,—that,
namely, of Diogenes, who teaches children to bring their own parents
in sacrifice, and devour them. And does not the historian Herodotus
narrate that Cambyses,641641 when he had slaughtered the children of Harpagus, cooked them
also, and set them as a meal before their father? And, still further,
he narrates that among the Indians the parents are eaten by their own
children. Oh! the godless teaching of those who recorded, yea, rather,
inculcated such things! Oh! their wickedness and godlessness! Oh! the
conception of those who thus accurately philosophized, and profess
philosophy! For they who taught these doctrines have filled the world