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[6] It is said also that the body of Alcmene disappeared, as they were carrying her forth for burial, and a stone was seen lying on the bier instead. In short, many such fables are told by writers who improbably ascribe divinity to the mortal features in human nature, as well as to the divine.

At any rate, to reject entirely the divinity of human virtue, were impious and base; but to mix heaven with earth is foolish. Let us therefore take the safe course and grant, with Pindar,1 that

Our bodies all must follow death's supreme behest,
But something living still survives, an image of life, for this alone
Comes from the gods.

1 Fragment 131, Bergk, Poet. Lyr. Gr. i.4 p. 427.

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