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[179] Pennas suppone cadenti. Helvetius upon this passage observes, that in the solemnities appropriated to the honor of Apollo of Actium, this was a part, ---- to doom some guilty criminal to be thrown down from the top of the promontory. This, it was thought, averted the anger of the God, and rendered him propitious. It was, however, the custom to furnish the delinquent with wings, and have several small boats plying beneath, that, if possible, he might be taken up alive: he was then banished. Sappho, perhaps, alludes to this custom.

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