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[588c] “What sort of an image?” he said. “One of those natures that the ancient fables tell of,” said I, “as that of the Chimaera1 or Scylla2 or Cerberus,3 and the numerous other examples that are told of many forms grown together in one.” “Yes, they do tell of them.” “Mould, then, a single shape of a manifold and many-headed beast4 that has a ring of heads of tame and wild beasts and can change them and cause to spring forth from itself all such growths.”

1 Cf. Homer, Il. vi. 179-182, Phaedr. 229 D.

2 Od. xii. 85 ff.

3 Hesiod, Theog. 311-312.

4 Stallbaum ad loc. gives a long list of writers who imitated this passage. Hesiod, Theog. 823 f., portrays a similar monster in Typhoeus, who had a hundred serpent-heads. For the animal in man c.Tim. 70 E, Charm. 155 D-E, Phaedr. 230 A, 246 A ff., Boethius, Cons. iv. 2-3, Horace Epist. i. 1. 76, Iamblichus, Protrept. chap. iii.

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