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Pallada quod puduit: clausum inspexêre ministrae.
Quid foeminis est curiosiùs malis?[1]

What shamed Pallas, her helpers opened. What is more curious than a bad woman?


1.  Herse, Pandrosos and Aglaulos (or Aglauros), daughters of Cecrops, attendants on Athena, were given the task of guarding a box carrying the infant Erichthonius, which was the result of an attempted rape of Athena by Hephaestus (though the child itself came from Gaia). The girls opened the box and were horrified to see a half-man, half-snake, who gew up to be king of Athens. See Ovid Metamorphoses, 2.252ff.

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