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[343] Nomine ceperunt Aquilonis Erechthida Thraces. Paris is not satisfied with shewing Helen the possibility of their escaping together safely into Phrygia: he farther wishes to remove all apprehensions of his being obliged to restore her. He foresaw she might fear that Menelaus would stir up all Greece in his cause, and demand her back at the head of a powerful army. To quiet her apprehensions of this kind, he assures her that not all history afforded any such instance; and mentions several who had been borne away in the same manner in which he proposed to carry her off; and yet no wars or bloodshed ensued. Orithyia, whose story affords the first instance, was the daughter of Erechtheus, king of Athens. Boreas loved her; and, not knowing how otherwise to obtain her, led her by force into Thrace. He had by her two sons, Zethes and Calais, who engaged in the expedition of the Argonauts.

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