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And there is in legend another murderous virgin to be loathed,1 who ruined a loved one at the bidding of his foes, [615] when, lured by Minos' gift, the Cretan necklace forged of gold, she with her dog's heart despoiled Nisus of his immortal lock as he drew breath in unsuspecting sleep. [620] And Hermes2 overtook him.

1 Nisus was besieged in his town of Megara by Minos, king of Crete. Nisus' daughter Scylla, being in love with Minos, cut from the head of her father the purple hair on which his life depended, so that he was slain by the Cretans.

2 Hermes, the conductor to Hades of the souls of the dead.

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