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[177a] 1They all said they did so desire, and bade him make his proposal. So Eryximachus proceeded: “The beginning of what I have to say is in the words of Euripides' Melanippe, for ‘not mine the tale’2 that I intend to tell; it comes from Phaedrus here. He is constantly complaining to me and saying,—Is it not a curious thing, Eryximachus, that while other gods have hymns and psalms indited in their honor by the poets, the god of Love, so ancient and so great,


1 Eryximachus proposes the Theme of Love

2 Eurip. fr. 488 οὐκ ἐμὸς μῦθος, ἀλλ᾽ ἐμῆς μητρὸς πάρα, “not mine the tale; my mother taught it me.”

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