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εἰ θέμις ἐστι: a propitiatory address, since Pluto and the other “χθόνιοι θεοί” are stern to human prayers. So Hades is “δίχα παιάνων” (Eur. I. T. 185), “ἀμείλιχος ἠδ᾽ ἀδάμαστος” (Il. 9.158). Hor. Carm. 2. 14. 5Non si tricenis, quotquot eunt dies, Amice, places illacrimabilem Plutona tauris.

τὰν ἀφανῆ θεὸν, Persephone (1548), an unusual title, perhaps suggested by the literal sense of “Ἅιδης”: cp. Pind. fr. 207 “Ταρτάρου πυθμὴν πιέζει σ᾽ ἀφανοῦς”: Aesch. Th. 859τὰν ἀνάλιον πάνδοκον εἰς ἀφανῆ τε χέρσον” (the nether-world).

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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 859
    • Euripides, Iphigeneia in Taurus, 185
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1548
    • Homer, Iliad, 9.158
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