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[984d] end finally in us men.1

Now the gods—Zeus and Hera and all the rest—each man must regard in what light he pleases, though according to the same law,2 and must take this account as reliable. But as our visible gods, greatest and most honorable and having keenest vision every way, we must count first the order of the stars and all else that we perceive existing with them; and after these, and

1 First come the stars, or“manifest gods”; then the creatures of ether, air and water(the second, third or fourth kinds(; and fifth and last, the creatures of earth or mankind.

2 i.e. the law governing the order or scale of animate creatures which has been described. The writer, like Plato (Tim. 40 D-41 A), avoids any definite statement about the traditional deities: like Plato again(Tim. 41 A-42 E), he is more concerned with the“visible gods,”or stars.

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