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[26] When, accordingly, the sacrifice had been completed, they turned over the hides1 to Dracontius and bade him lead the way to the place he had fixed upon for his race-course. He pointed out the precise spot where they chanced to be standing, and said, “This hill is superb for running, wherever you please.” “How, then,” they said, “can men wrestle on ground so hard and overgrown as this is?” And he replied, “The one that is thrown will get hurt a bit more.”

1 The hides of the sacrificial victims, which were to be offered as prizes in the games. Cp. Hom. Il. 10.159.

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