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Ἀλλ’ εἰ χεῖρας ἔχον βόες ἵπποι τ’ ἠὲ λέοντες
ἢ γράψαι χείρεσσι καὶ ἔργα τελεῖν ἅπερ ἄνδρες,
ἵπποι μέν θ’ ἵπποισι βόες δέ τε βουσὶν ὁμοίας
καὶ κε θεῶν ἰδέας ἔγραφον καὶ σώματ’ ἐποίουν
τοιαῦθ’ οἷόν περ καὐτοὶ δέμας εἶχον ἕκαστοι.
(Xenophanes fr. 20 Graham)

Now if cattle, horses or lions had hands
and were able to draw with their hands and perform works like men,
horses like horses and cattle like cattle
would draw the forms of gods, and make their bodies
just like the body each of them had.
(tr. Daniel W. Graham)

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