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All hail, land of my master! which I joyfully behold after the two years that I have been absent hence at Ephesus. I salute thee, neighbour Apollo1, who dost have thy shrine close by our house, and to thee do I make my prayer, that thou wilt not let me meet our old gentleman, Nicobulus, before I have seen Pistoclerus, the friend of Mnesilochus, him to whom Mnesilochus has sent the letter about his mistress, Bacchis.

1 Neighbour Apollo: He is supposed to refer to Apollo "Prostitorus," whose statue was placed in the vestibule of the houses, and to whom the Athenians paid veneration as the tutelar God of their habitations.

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