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[197b] Muses in music, Hephaestus in metal-work, Athene in weaving and Zeus ““in pilotage of gods and men.””12 Hence also those dealings of the gods were contrived by Love—clearly love of beauty—astir in them, for Love has no concern with ugliness; though aforetime, as I began by saying, there were many strange doings among the gods, as legend tells, because of the dominion of Necessity. But since this god arose, the loving of beautiful things has brought all kinds of benefits both to gods and to men.

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2 Cf. Plat. Parm. (Diels2 123) δαίμων πάντα κυβερνᾷ.

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