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[387] ὑφεὶς having secretly sent as his agent, “having suborned.” Plat. Axioch. 368eπροέδρους ἐγκαθέτους ὑφέντες,” “having privily brought in suborned presidents.” The word μάγος expresses contempt for the rights of divination practised by Teiresias: ἀγύρτης taunts him as a mercenary impostor. So Plut. Mor. 165f joins ἀγύρτας καὶ γόητας, Zosimus 1.11 μάγοις τε καὶ ἀγύρταις. The passage shows how Asiatic superstitions had already spread among the vulgar, and were scorned by the educated, in Greece. The Persian μάγος (as conceived by the Greeks) was one who claimed to command the aid of beneficent deities(δαίμονες ἀγαθοεργοί), while the γόης was properly one who could call up the dead (Suid. 1. 490: cp. Plut. De Defect. Orac. 10). So Eur. Orest. 1496 (Helen has been spirited away), φαρμάκοισιν (by charms), μάγων τέχναισιν, θεῶν κλοπαῖς.

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