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45.49904990    42 in Orelli. And as we read that he used food also, by which bodily existence is kept up, he has a large gullet, that he may gulp down the food sought for with gaping mouth; he has a belly to receive it, and49914991    So the edd., reading et for ms. ut (according to Crusius). a place where he may digest the flesh which he has eaten and devoured, that blood may be given to his body, and his strength recruited;49924992    Lit., “restoration be supplied to his strength.” he has also a draught, by which the filth is got rid of, freeing his body from a disagreeable burden. Whenever he changes his place, and prepares to pass from one region to another, he does not as a god fly secretly through the stars of heaven, and stand in a moment where something requires his presence, but, just as a dull animal of earth, he seeks a conveyance on which he may be borne; he avoids the waves of the sea; and that he may be safe and sound, he goes on board ship along with men; and that god of the common safety trusts himself to weak planks and to sheets of wood joined together. We do not think that you can prove and show that that serpent was Æsculapius, unless you choose to bring forward this pretext, that you should say that the god changed himself into a snake, in order that he might be able49934993    So Gelenius, merely adding t to the ms. posse. The passage is, however, very doubtful. to deceive men as to himself, who he was, or to see what men were. But if you say this, the inconsistency of your own statements will show how weak and feeble such a defence is.49944994    Lit., “how weakly and feeble it is said.” For if the god shunned being seen by men, he should not have chosen to be seen in the form of a serpent, since in any form whatever he was not to be other than himself, but always himself. But if, on the other hand, he had been intent on allowing himself to be seen—he should not have 537refused to allow men’s eyes to look on him49954995    These words, non debuit oculorum negare conspectui, should, Orelli thinks, be omitted; and certainly their connection with the rest of the sentence is not very apparent.—why did he not show himself such as he knew that he was in his own divine power?49964996    Lit., “he was, and such as he had learned that he was, contained in the power of his divinity.” For this was preferable, and much better, and more befitting his august majesty, than to become a beast, and be changed into the likeness of a terrible animal, and afford room for objections, which cannot be decided,49974997    Lit., “to ambiguous contradictions.” as to whether he was a true god, or something different and far removed from the exalted nature of deity.


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