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[4] But when the ephors, after reading the letter, showed it to him, and he understood that
Odysseus, then, is not the only man of guile,
1 for the time being he was mightily confounded and went away. But a few days afterwards, on meeting the magistrates, he said that he was obliged to go up to the temple of Ammon2 and sacrifice to the god the sacrifices which he had vowed before his battles.

1 An iambic trimeter of some unknown poet.

2 In an oasis of the great desert of Libya. Cf. Plut. Cim. 18.6 f.

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