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ἐπὶ σπορᾷ δρ., ‘over the seed of the dragon,’ i.e., on the ground where Cadmus sowed the dragon's teeth, from which the ancestors of the Cadmeans sprang. Hence the Thebans are called “σπαρτοὶ ἄνδρες” (O.C. 1534 n.). The place where Cadmus sowed the teeth was shown on the s. side of Thebes, near the “Ἤλεκτραι πύλαι” (Paus. 9.10.1).—Not, ‘(ruling) over the dragon's seed,’ as if “σπορᾷ” meant the Thebans.

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