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κεφαλὴν δ᾽ ἐπ̓ κτλ. “Quis non Iani meminerit?” (Hommel). The notion of a similar double-fronted, androgynous being is found in the Talmud, and Euseb. pr. Evang. XII. 12 quotes our passage as a plagiarism from Moses.

οἱ κυβιστῶντες. Schol. κυβιστὴρ ὀρχηστής, καὶ κυβιστᾶν τὸ ὀρχεῖσθαι. Cp. Il. XVI. 750, and the evolutions of the “tumbler” Hippoclides described in Hdt. VI. 129: also Xen. Symp. II. 11, VII. 3. The καί before εἰς ὀρθόν reads awkwardly; if retained, we must render it “actually” (adeo, Wolf), but possibly ἴσα or ἴσα καὶ may have been the original. Rettig quotes Cic. de Fin. V. 35 si aut manibus ingrediatur quis aut non ante sed retro fugere, plane se ipse et hominem exuens ex homine naturam odisse (videtur).

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