Dog you shall be, pet of bright Hecatê.But the great majority of the Egyptians, in doing service to the animals themselves and in treating them as gods, have not only filled their sacred offices with ridicule and derision, but this is the least of the evils connected with their silly practices. There is engendered a dangerous belief, which plunges the weak and innocent into sheer superstition, and in the case of the [p. 167] more cynical and bold, goes off into atheistic and brutish reasoning.5 Wherefore it is not inappropriate to rehearse in some detail what seem to be the facts in these matters.
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1 Cf. Moralia, 707 f.
2 The gold was removed by him from the chryselephantine statue of Athena in the Parthenon; cf. W. B. Dinsmoor, Amer. Journ. Arch. xxxviii. (1934) p. 97.
3 July 6, 83 b.c., according to Life of Sulla, chap. xxvii. (469 b). The numerous references may be found in Roscher, Lexikon der gr. und röm. Mythologie, ii. 714.
4 Nauck, Trag. Frag. Graec., Euripides, no. 968.
5 See the note on 355 d, supra.