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[8] However, if any one is otherwise minded, I say with Bacchylides, ‘Broad is the way.’ 1 Indeed there is no absurdity in the other account which is given of Lycurgus and Numa and their like, namely, that since they were managing headstrong and captious multitudes, and introducing great innovations in modes of government, they pretended to get a sanction from the god, which sanction was the salvation of the very ones against whom it was contrived.

1 Fragment 29 (Jebb, Bacchylides, p. 423).

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