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—Welcomed there below by your comrades who nobly fell, [355] a ruler of august majesty, distinguished even beneath the earth, and minister of the mightiest, the deities who rule in the nether world.1 For in your life you were a king of those who have the power to assign the portion of death,2 and who wield the staff all mortals obey. [360]

1 Pluto and Proserpine.

2 He was a king of those princes who have the right to apportion life or death to their subjects.

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