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θεοὶ προγενεῖς, ancestral, not merely as protectors of the race, but also as progenitors. She thinks esp. of Ares and Aphrodite, the parents of Harmonia, wife of Cadmus: Aesch. Theb. 135σύ τ᾽, Αρης, πόλιν Κάδμου ἐπώνυμον φύλαξαι κήδεσαί τ᾽ ἐναργῶς. καὶ Κύπρις, ἅτ᾽ εἶ γένους προμάτωρ, ἄλευσον”. Dionysus, the son of ‘Cadmean’ Semele (1115), is another of the deities meant. “προγενής”, born before one, a poet. word, unfamiliar to good Attic prose, but used by Aristotle and later writers, usu. in comparat. (as “οἱ προγενέστεροι”, ‘those who have gone before us’): so “οἱ μεταγενέστεροι”.

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