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[119d] and thither they assembled every fifth year, and then alternately every sixth year—giving equal honor to both the even and the odd—and when thus assembled they took counsel about public affairs and inquired if any had in any way transgressed and gave judgement. And when they were about to give judgement they first gave pledges one to another of the following description. In the sacred precincts of Poseidon there were bulls at large1; and the ten princes, being alone by themselves, after praying to the God that they might capture a victim well-pleasing unto him,

1 For the sacrifice of bulls to Poseidon cf. Hom.Od.. 3.6.Ταύρεοςwas also a local epithet of the Sea-god (Hes.Shield. 104).

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