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[539c] “and bearing a blood-red monster of a snake, alive and still struggling; nor had it yet unlearnt the lust of battle. For bending back it smote its captor on the breast by the neck, and the bird in the bitterness of pain cast it away to the ground, and dropped it down in the midst of the throng;” “and then with a cry flew off on the wafting winds.” Hom. Il. 12.200-7This passage, and others of the sort, are those that I should say the seer has to examine and judge.

And you speak the truth, Socrates.

And so do you, Ion, in saying that. Now you must do as I did, and in return for my picking out from the Odyssey and the Iliad the kinds of passage that belong severally to the seer,

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