Then Eucleides said, “Yes, Zeus the Merciful is an obstacle in your way,” and asked whether he had yet sacrificed to him, “just as at home,” he continued, “where I was wont to offer the sacrifices for you, and with whole victims.” Xenophon replied that not since he left home had he sacrificed to that god.1 Eucleides, accordingly, advised him to sacrifice just as he used to do, and said that it would be to his advantage.
1 i.e. Zeus in this particular one of his functions, as “the Merciful.” cp. Xen. Anab. 7.6.44.
Xenophon. Xenophon in Seven Volumes, 3. Carleton L. Brownson. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA; William Heinemann, Ltd., London. 1922.
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