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[41a] and of Cronos and Rhea were born Zeus and Hera and all those who are, as we know, called their brethren; and of these again, other descendants.

Now when all the gods, both those who revolve manifestly1 and those who manifest themselves so far as they choose, had come to birth, He that generated this All addressed them thus:

“Gods of gods,2 those works whereof I am framer and father are indissoluble save by my will. For though all that is bound may be dissolved,


1 i.e.the Stars; the others are the deities of popular belief (such as Homer depicts).

2 An intensive form of expression, like the Biblical “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

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