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[4] For when some great and unusual deed is to be done, that poet declares in his stately manner:—
He then was inspired by the goddess, flashing-eyed Athene;1
and again:—
But some immortal turned his mind by lodging in his heart
A fear of what the folk would say;2
and again:—
Either through some suspicion, or else a god so bade him do;3
but people despise Homer and say that with his impossible exploits and incredible tales he makes it impossible to believe in every man's power to determine his own choice of action.

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