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[4] It is related, too, that Iolaüs, who shared the labours of Heracles and fought by his side, was beloved of him. And Aristotle says1 that even down to his day the tomb of Iolaüs was a place where lovers and beloved plighted mutual faith. It was natural, then, that the band should also be called sacred, because even Plato calls the lover a friend ‘inspired of God.’ 2

1 Fragment 97 (Rose). Cf. Morals, p. 761 d.

2 Symposium, p. 179 a.

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