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  Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle, Homerica.  1922.
 
Homerica
The Cercopes
 
  CERCOPES. These were two brothers living upon the earth who practised every kind of knavery. They were called Cercopes 1 because of their cunning doings: one of them was named Passalus and the other Acmon. Their mother, a daughter of Memnon, seeing their tricks, told them to keep clear of Black-bottom, that is, of Heracles. These Cercopes were sons of Theia and Ocean, and are said to have been turned to stone for trying to deceive Zeus.  1
  “Liars and cheats, skilled in deeds irremediable, accomplished knaves. Far over the world they roamed deceiving men as they wandered continually.”  2
 
Note 1. i.e. “monkey-men.” [back]
 
 
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