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[672b] when declared, it is misconceived and misunderstood.

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There is a secret stream of story and report to the effect that the god Dionysus was robbed of his soul's judgment by his stepmother Hera, and that in vengeance therefor he brought in Bacchic rites and all the frenzied choristry, and with the same aim bestowed also the gift of wine. These matters, however, I leave to those who think it safe to say them about deities1; but this much I know,—that no creature is ever born in possession of that reason, or that amount of reason,

1 i.e. the “frenzied” motion ascribed to Dionysus is, rather a natural instinct exhibited in all child-life, and D. helps to reduce it to rhythm.

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