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Plutarch

This image depicts a bust of Plutarch at Chaeronea, his hometown in Greece.  A famous writer, in ancient times, his still-studied book - Lives of the Roman Emperors - provides us with many interesting stories about many people who were famous thousands of years ago. 

Plutarch was not just a writer, however.  He was also a priest at the Temple of Apollo, in Delphi, where he interpreted the meaning of the Delphic Oracle's auguries.

In another famous writing, known as The Consolation, Moralia, Plutarch expressed his philosophy about the human soul:

The soul, being eternal, after death is like a caged bird that has been released.

If it has been a long time in the body, and has become tame by many affairs and long habit, the soul will immediately take another body and once again become involved in the troubles of the world. The worst thing about old age is that the soul's memory of the other world grows dim, while at the same time its attachment to things of this world becomes so strong that the soul tends to retain the form that it had in the body.

But that soul which remains only a short time within a body, until liberated by the higher powers, quickly recovers its fire and goes on to higher things.

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Photo by Odysses, online via Wikimedia Commons.

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