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(970 N = Melanippe Wise F 481. 11) 971

ὁ δ᾿ ἄρτι θάλλων σάρκα διοπετὴς ὅπως ἀστὴρ ἀπέσβη, πνεῦμ᾿ ἀφεὶς ἐς αἰθέρα.

Plutarch, 416d and (ὁ δ᾿—ἀπέσβη) 1090b 2 ἀπέσβη Plut. 416d: ἀπέστη Plut. 1090b 972

πολλαῖσι μορφαῖς οἱ θεοὶ σοφισμάτων σφάλλουσιν ἡμᾶς κρείσσονες πεφυκότες.

Plutarch, 20f and (in part) 431a; Stobaeus 3.3.36 973

μάντις δ᾿ ἄριστος ὅστις εἰκάζει καλῶς.

Plutarch, 432c, paraphrased at 399a; Arrian, 7.16.6; Appian, 2.152; Cicero, 7.13.4, translated in 2.12; other citations 974

τῶν ἄγαν γὰρ ἅπτεται θεός, τὰ μικρὰ δ᾿ εἰς τύχην ἀφεὶς ἐᾷ.

Plutarch, 811d, slightly adapted at 464a 2 ἀφεὶς Plut. 464a: ἀνεὶς Plut. 811c: παρεὶς Kannicht 975

χαλεποὶ πόλεμοι γὰρ ἀδελφῶν.

Plutarch, 480d; Aristotle, 7.1328a15
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Unidentified Plays

(970 N = Melanippe Wise F 481.11) 971

The one whose bodily strength was flourishing just now is Quenched1 like a swift comet; he has given up his breath to the heaven.

972

The gods trip us up with clever devices of many forms: for they are superior in nature.1

973

The best prophet is one who figures things well.

974

For the god seizes on excess, but lets small things pass and leaves them to chance.1

975

Wars between brothers are cruel.1

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.euripides-dramatic_fragments.2008