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[168] γε: calls attention to the identity of the subject. cf. 5.623. He gave, — he did.

σήματα λυγρά: destructive tokens. A kind of tessera hospitalis, with symbols previously agreed upon between the separated friends. cf. 176, 178. — This has been thought by some to imply acquaintance with the art of writing. Perhaps it was a kind of ‘picture-writing’ resembling that of the ancient Mexicans.

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