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Minervam narrat Homerus, poetarum princeps, inter bel. lantium turmas Diomedi apparuiffe ; oculorumque caliginem, ut bellantes Deos ab hominibus pofset discernere, discuffiffe. Quod figmentum Plato in Alcibiade Secundo, p. 150, tom. ii. nihil interpretatur quam rationem ipfam, quæ, discussa caligine qua quisque tenetur, animum fæcibus purgat, ut mala bonave poffit propius contemplari.
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D now left the motto of this book fhould, though infinitely the best part of it, pass unobserved; a loose translation shall serve to retrace it, if coarsely, on the reader's mind, and fix more firmly there the first impression.
“ Homer then, prince of poets, relates that Minerva appeared to Diomed in the battle, and clearing his fight; set to view the warring deities, giving him power to discern which were gods and which were men. While Plato explains the allegory into no more than this: How Wisdom or Reason should in like manner so dispel the mists of the mind, that it may be at liberty to discern, examine, and contemplate what is good and what is evil,”