The Name of Sardis

  title={The Name of Sardis},
  author={George Wicker Elderkin},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={54 - 56}
nymphs, and thus raised to the rank of the divine, emerged from the south entrance as an immortal, then all the seemingly unrelated details of the strange Homeric description present an essential unity of idea. The cave sanctuary of the nymphs was simply a place of initiation into sacred mysteries. This explanation is not without confirmation from ancient mystic rites. Pythagoras descended into the Cretan cave where was the tomb of Zeus.8 It is the attractive theory of Cook9 that Pythagoras…