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The God Eros, Who Cannot Be Thwarted

overpowers not just

and unjust human beings

only, but animals

too—and even the breath of

gods trembles, shakes, stops, bursts,

when Eros wings into them,

even from far away,

at their culmination. Great

Zeus Himself retreats some-

times from the overthrowing

comeliness of mortal

bodies. He Himself is far

too weak—even He!—to

ward off Eros. Even He

wants, more than anything,

anything, just to give in.

Sophocles (5th century BCE)

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