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[57] It is also to be found in poets, as in the passage in Homer1 describing the sceptre which he traces from the hands of Jupiter down to those of Agamemnon, and in the following from one of our own tragedians:2

“From Jove, so runs the tale, was Tantalus sprung,
From Tantalus Pelops, and of Pelops' seed
Sprang Atreus, who is sire of all our line.

1 Il. ii. 101.

2 Unknown.

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