This tale “reflects the sentiment with which the gods were regarded [in ancient Greece], and describes the attitude of man toward the problems of life, especially that problem of problems—the mystery of death and the fate of the soul in the unknown beyond.”
About the Author
Paul Carus (1852-1919) was a German-American author, philosopher, theologian, and editor. Brought up in an orthodox Protestant family, Carus developed liberal ideas which prompted him to move away from home to America. He edited several journals promoting free thought, then went on to write books, as well as correspond with figures such as Tolstoy, Edison, and Booker T. Washington. He pioneered interfaith dialogue, as well as created his own concept of religion, called the Religion of Science. He wrote The Soul of Man (1891), The Gospel of Buddha (1894), Nietzsche and Other Exponents of Individualism (1914), among many others.