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All these personages Helen surpassed in proportion as she excelled them in the beauty of her person. For not only did she attain immortality but, having won power equalling that of a god, she first raised to divine station her brothers1, who were already in the grip of Fate, and wishing to make their transformation believed by men, she gave to them honors2 so manifest that they have power to save when they are seen by sailors in peril on the sea, if they but piously invoke them.

1 Castor and Pollux; cf. § 19.

2 A reference to “St. Elmo's fire”; cf. Pliny ii. 37.

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