Cicero calls Plato a god among philosophers

Cicero, two times, refers to Plato as “god”. Likely stealth mocking Plato’s revered status during Cicero’s lifetime (@ 50BC):

‘Here we must lend an ear to Plato, the god so to say among philosophers.*
Cicero. The Nature of the Gods (Oxford World’s Classics) (p. 58). OUP Oxford. Kindle Edition.

And

In those books which you commend you complain of the absence of Scaevola among the speakers. Well, I did not withdraw him without a set purpose, but I did exactly what that god of our idolatry, Plato, did in his Republic.
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