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[2] I mean bestial characters, like the creature in woman's form1 that is said to rip up pregnant females and devour their offspring, or certain savage tribes on the coasts of the Black Sea, who are alleged to delight in raw meat or in human flesh, and others among whom each in turn provides a child for the common banquet2; or the reported depravity of Phalaris.3

1 So Peters. Perhaps there is a reference to the Lamia of folk-lore.

2 The version follows Williams, and seems to require the emendation given in the critical note. The mss. give ‘who lend their children to each other for feasting.’

3 See below, 5.7, note.

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