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Chapter 2. The Libation
There follows the prayer of Athena to Poseidon, listing the favors desired. The same procedure vis-à-vis Poseidon is followed at the time when the guests prepare to go to bed (ibid. 3, 333; cf. 18, 425, etc.).
899 At ego tuum tibi advenisse filium respondeo.
This dialogue is constructed on a legal formula: a sponsio by one party and a re-sponsio by the other, forms of a guarantee which is henceforward mutual: “I guarantee you, in return, that your son has arrived.”