based on our strong convictions; for we take for granted  a resurrection of the dead. Hope in this resurrection amounts to  a contempt of death. Ridicule, therefore, as much as you like the excessive stupidity of such minds as die that they may live; but then, in order that you may be able to laugh more merrily, and deride us with greater boldness, you must take your sponge, or perhaps your tongue, and wipe away those records of yours every now and then cropping out,  which assert in not dissimilar terms that souls will return to bodies. But how much more worthy of acceptance is our belief which maintains that they will return to the same bodies! And how much more ridiculous is your inherited conceit,  that the human spirit is to reappear in a dog, or a mule, or a peacock! Again, we affirm that a judgment has been ordained by God according to the merits of every man. This you ascribe to Minos and Rhadamanthus, while at the same time you reject Aristides, who was a juster judge than either. By the award of the judgment, we say that the wicked will have to spend an eternity in endless fire, the pious and innocent in a region of bliss. In your view likewise an unalterable condition is ascribed to the respective destinations of Pyriphlegethon  and Elysium. Now they are not merely your composers of myth and poetry who write songs of this strain; but your philosophers also speak with all confidence of the return of souls to their former state,  and of the twofold award  of a final judgment.
 Compare The Apology, cc. xlvii. xlviii. xlix. [This Vol., supra.]  Præstruitur.  Præsumimus.  Est.  Interim.  Traditum.  The heathen hell, Tartarus or Orcus.  Reciprocatione.  Distributione.
 The heathen hell, Tartarus or Orcus.