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οἱ μὲν -- ἀνθρώπων. Cf. Crat. 397 E. The nearest approach to these lines in our Hesiod is to be found in OD. 122 f. τοὶ μὲν—the departed children of the golden age—δαίμονές εἰσι Διὸς μεγάλου διὰ βουλὰς | ἐσθλοί, ἐπιχθόνιοι, φύλακες θνητῶν ἀνθρώπων.

τοῦ θεοῦ. Apollo, our πάτριος ἐξηγητής: see IV 427 B note

τιθέναι: ‘to bury.’

τίνι διαφόρῳ: ‘with what distinction’ (“mit welcher Auszeichnung” Schneider). The occurrence of θήκας διαφόρους in Laws 947 B is no ground for reading <θήκῃ> τίνι διαφόρῳ here, as Richards bids us read.

ὡς δαιμόνων -- θήκας is another link with Greek religion. Cf. Eur. Alc. 1000 ff. καί τις δοχμίαν κέλευθον | ἐμβαίνων τόδ᾽ ἐρεῖ | “αὕτα ποτὲ προὔθαν᾽ ἀνδρός, | νῦν δ᾽ ἐστὶ μάκαιρα δαίμων. | χαῖρ᾽ πότνἰ, εὖ δὲ δοίης.” | τοῖαί νιν προσεροῦσι φᾶμαι, and other passages cited by Nägelsbach Nachhom. Theol. pp. 108—110.

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