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[205] I have heard her cry full of groans, how she utters shrill charges against the husband who betrayed her bed. Having suffered wrong she raises her cry to Zeus's daughter, Themis, goddess of oaths, the goddess who brought her1 [210] to Hellas across the sea through the dark salt-water over the briny gateway of the Black Sea, a gateway few traverse.2

1 Themis ‘brought her to Hellas’ in that she came to Greece relying on Jason's oath.

2 ‘The briny gateway [lit. “key”] of the Euxine’is probably the Bosporus, beyond which, on the Propontis and Hellespont, lay numerous Greek settlements in historical times.

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