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[6] Now Polygnotus was not a mere artisan, and did not paint the stoa for a contract price, but gratis, out of zeal for the welfare of the city, as the historians relate, and as Melanthius the poet testifies after this fashion:—
He at his own lavish outlay the gods' great fanes, and the market
Named Cecropia, adorned; demigods' valor his theme.

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