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Who was that man who slipped away? Who was he that will loudly boast his daring in escaping me? [695] How shall I catch him now? To whom shall I liken him, the man who came by night with fearless step passing through our ranks and the guard we set? Is he a Thessalian or [700] a dweller in some seacoast town of Locris? Or does he make his living among the islands scattered in the sea? Who was he? Where from? What is his fatherland? What god does he avow as lord of all the rest?

Whose work is this? is it the deed of Odysseus? [705] If one may conjecture from his former acts, of course it is.

Do you think so really?

Why, of course.

He is a bold foe for us.

What strength? Whom are you praising?


Do not praise the crafty weapons that a robber uses.

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