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    Semele was the most unfortunate woman of all those Zeus fell in love with, and in her case too the reason was Hera. Zeus was madly in love with her and told her than anything she asked of him he would do; he swore it by the river Styx, the oath which not even he himself could break. She told him that what she wanted above all else was to see him in his full splendor as King of Heaven and Lord of the Thunderbolt. It was Hera who had put that wish in her heart. Zeus knew that no mortal could behold him thus and live, but he could do nothing. He had sworn by the Styx.
    Source: Mythology The Two Great Gods of Earth 5th paragraph

    Hello,
    I know the meanings of each word but as a whole I can't see what the blue part means.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify it to me?

    Thank you so much

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    Re: thus and live

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Source: Mythology The Two Great Gods of Earth 5th paragraph

    Hello,
    I know the meanings of each word but as a whole I can't see what the blue part means.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify it to me?

    Thank you so much
    Do you understand what "behold him thus" means in the context of the text?

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    Re: thus and live

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Do you understand what "behold him thus" means in the context of the text?
    Thanks for answering.

    Behold = look at
    Thus = so
    Live = to have place or home to stay in

    The word "thus" makes me more confused.

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    Re: thus and live

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering.

    Behold = look at Yes.
    Thus = so Yes. Or "like that", "in such a way".
    Live = to have place or home to stay in No. To continue to exist.

    The word "thus" makes me more confused.
    Bhai.

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    Re: thus and live

    If anyone saw Zeus in his full splendor, he (the mortal viewer) would die.

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