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[383a] in waking or in dreams.” “I myself think so,” he said, “when I hear you say it.” “You concur then,” I said, “this as our second norm or canon for speech and poetry about the gods,—that they are neither wizards in shape-shifting nor do they mislead us by falsehoods in words or deed?” “I concur.” “Then, though there are many other things that we praise in Homer, this we will not applaud, the sending of the dream by Zeus1 to Agamemnon, nor shall we approve of Aeschylus when his Thetis2 avers that

1 Hom. Il. 2.1-34. This apparent attribution of falsehood to Zeus was an “Homeric problem” which some solved by a change of accent from δίδομεν to διδόμεν. Cf. Aristotle Poetics 1462 a 22.

2 Cf. Aeschylus Frag. 350. Possibly from the Ὅπλων κπίσις.

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