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“ [81] and yet it is when the body sleeps that the soul most clearly manifests its divine nature; for when it is unfettered and free it sees many things that are to come.1 Hence we know what the soul's future state will be when it has been wholly released from the shackles of the flesh. Wherefore, if what I have said be true, cherish me as you would a god. But on the other hand, if my soul is going to perish along with my body, still you, who revere the gods as the guardians and rulers of this beautiful universe, will keep me in loving and sacred memory.”

23. This was the view of the dying Cyrus. Let me, if you please, give my own.

1 But cf. De divinatione, ii. 58. 119 ff.. where Cicero refutes and derides this theory.

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