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Many disguises assume as they visit the cities of mortals.
”Hom. Od. 17.485-4865 Nor must anyone tell falsehoods about Proteus6 and Thetis, nor in any tragedy or in other poems bring in Hera disguised as a priestess collecting alms“ for the life-giving sons of Inachus, the Argive stream.
”Aesch.7 [381e] And many similar falsehoods they must not tell. Nor again must mothers under the influence of such poets terrify their children8 with harmful tales, how that there are certain gods whose apparitions haunt the night in the likeness of many strangers from all manner of lands, lest while they speak evil of the gods they at the same time make cowards of children.” “They must not,” he said. “But,” said I, “may we suppose that while the gods themselves are incapable of change they cause us to fancy that they appear in many shapes deceiving and practising magic upon us?” “Perhaps,” said he. “Consider,”
3 So Aristotle Met. 1074 b 26.
5 quoted again in Sophist 216 B-C. Cf. Tim. 41 A.
6 Cf. Odyssey iv. 456-8. Thetis transformed herself to avoid the wooing of Peleus. Cf. Pindar, Nem. 4
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