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Lucius subjoining said, that he had heard his grandmother say, that the table was sacred, and nothing that is sacred ought to be empty. Besides, continued he, in my opinion, the table hath some resemblance of the earth; for, besides nourishing us, it is round and stable, and is fitly called by some Vesta (῾Εστία, from ἵστημι᾽). Therefore as we [p. 376] desire that the earth should always have and bear something that is useful for us, so we think that we should not let the table be altogether empty and void of all provision.

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