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CHAPTER V

MANTEIS

Divination is in the lips of the King : his mouth shall not transgress in judgment.1

0ebs £* Tts vTroX.d/3oi yevta'Oa.i iept t>s av yevoiTO •njs yap cnJrijs rots 6toi<s ti/jltjs ko.i ovtoi Tvy\a.vowri,v?

the preceding chapter may have suggested some doubts with regard to the ordinary and accepted classification of manteis into two distinct kinds, the inductive and the intuitive, as M. Bouche Leclerq has called them. The distinction, it is true, has been inherited from antiquity. " Duo sunt enim divinandi genera, quorum alterum artis est, alterum naturae." 3 Of these the art according to Quintus Cicero is based on a scientific observation of recurring coincidences.4 Pausanias, Plato, and the author

1 Proverbs xvi. 10.

2 Artemidoros, Oneirokritica, iii. 13. 169.

3 Cicero, De div. i. 6.

4 Cicero, op. cit. i. 7. 12, "quare omittat urguere Carneades, quod faciebat etiam Panaetius requirens, luppiterne cornificem a laeva, corvum

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