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[5] Its course is short, however, and the greater part of it disappears at once in blind and marshy lakes, while a small portion of it unites with the Cephisus, somewhere near the place in which the stagnant water is reputed to produce the famous reed for flutes.1

1 The Boeotians excelled with the flute. See Alcibiades, ii. 4-6.

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