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βεβαπτισμένων: “soaked,” “drenched.” Cp. Lucian Bacch. 7 καρηκαὶ βεβαπτισμένῳ: and the use of βεβρεγμένος, Eubul. Incert. 5; μέθῃ βαροῦντι βρεχθείς Eur. El. 326: Sen. Ep. 83 mersus vino et madens; Hor. C. IV. 5. 39 dicimus...sicci...dicimus uvidi. A similar “baptism” is described in Evenos 2. 5—6, εἰ δὲ πολὺς πνεύσειεν (sc. Βάκχος) ἀπέστραπται μὲν ἔρωτας, | βαπτίζει δ᾽ ὕπνῳ γείτονι τοῦ θανάτου: of which we find an echo in Clem. Alex. Paed. II. ii. 27^{2} (Stählin) ὑπὸ μέθης βαπτιζόμενος εἰς ὕπνον. There may be an underlying allusion to Eupolis' play Βαπταί (cp. Bergk P. L. G. II. p. 268).

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