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[53] Lemniadesque viros. Venus being taken in adultery with Mars, in the isle of Lemnos, the women, in sacrificing to the god and goddesses, neglected her, for which she infected them with a disease that rendered them loathsome to their husbands, who, to avoid them, went to the wars in Thrace. This the wives greatly resenting, formed a conspiracy to destroy them and other males at their return; which they actually put in execution. Hypsipyle, however, spared secretly her father Thoas; and he was carried by Bacchus into the island Thoas. She in the mean time, pretending that her father was dead, raised a funeral pile in her palace, as if to celebrate his obsequies, placing another person upon it in his stead.

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