. . . these ancients were surrounded by forces of nature, real and imagined, which they identified as persons of superhuman power. There was always some ambiguity about the precise relationship of the deity to the aspect of nature, whether, for example, the sun god was in very fact the actual fiery ball moving across the sky, or whether he was not of human form, living in a palace and directing the actual solar body in its dally motions from a distance. Probably they were not so conscious of such a problems as we are.