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[391b] And how he was disobedient to the river,1 who was a god and was ready to fight with him, and again that he said of the locks of his hair, consecrated to her river Spercheius: “‘This let me give to take with him my hair to the hero, Patroclus,’”Hom. Il. 23.1512 who was a dead body, and that he did so we must believe. And again the trailings3 of Hector's body round the grave of Patroclus and the slaughter4 of the living captives upon his pyre, all these we will affirm to be lies,

1 Scamander. Iliad 21.130-132.

2 Cf. Proclus, p. 146 Kroll. Plato exaggerates to make his case. The locks were vowed to Spercheius on the condition of Achilles' return. In their context the words are innocent enough.

3 Iliad xxiv. 14 ff.

4 Iliad xxiii. 175-176.

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