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Nor did they cast their votes for the side of the males, [645] disregarding the women's cause, since they honored the avenging eye of Zeus, against which there is no battling, and what house would have it [650] defiling its roof?1For he sits heavily upon it. They take reverent heed of their kin, petitioners of holy Zeus; therefore with pure [655] altars shall they please the gods.

1 By a sudden shift of metaphor, the eye of Zeus is likened to a foul bird whose pollution of the roof is an evil omen to the inmates of the house.

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