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Golden Verses

ἔπη χρυσᾶ). A name given to a number of gnomic sayings that have come down, traditionally, from the Pythagorean philosophers, often expressed obscurely, and containing much that is of later date than that of their professed origin. They contain the condensed morals of the older epics (see Epos), and embody the teachings of practical virtue. They are printed at the end of Göttling's edition of Hesiod (2d ed. Gotha, 1843). See Democrates; Pythagoras.

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