Nietzsche in Alexandria

Reading Clement of Alexandria – as I’m sure Nietzsche did – can feel, weirdly, like reading Nietzsche. This is Clement, disillusioning the ‘pagans’: “By now, even your myths have grown old … Where is Zeus? … He has grown old … See, the myth is stripped bare … Search for your Zeus. Do not scour heaven, but earth! Callimachus the Cretan, in whose land Zeus lies buried, will tell you where his tomb is … Yes, Zeus is dead (tethneke gar ho Zeus).”

– Clem. Alex. Protr. 2; LCL 92, pp. 78-79 (lightly modified)

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