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[86] Quo bos ex homine est. Io, the daughter of Inachus, captivated Jupiter by her remarkable beauty. Juno having almost surprised them together, the God, to avoid suspicion, changed Io into a cow. His jealous wife, suspecting the device, begged that he would make her a present of the cow. Fearing that a denial would only inflame her suspicions, he complied with her request; and the transformed favourite was given in charge to Argus, who had a hundred eyes. Jupiter, after some time, sent Mercury to restore Io, and destroy Argus. The God, by the power of his music, lulled him asleep, and then slew him. Io was at length restored to her former shape in aegypt, and worshiped by the people of that country as a goddess, under the name of Isis. We have already seen that Danaus and Aegyptus were among her descendants.

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