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Agias delivered to Lysander were the means of capturing the whole Athenian fleet at Aegos-potami, all but ten galleys which escaped to Corcyra."1 Hierokles seems to have been rewarded on the conquest of Euboia in 445 b.c. by a grant of land at Oreos.2 Teiresias in Euripides' Phoinissai claims to have secured the victory for Athens over Eleusis and displays his reward, a golden crown, the first-fruits of the spoil.3 After the age of the tyrants, to whose person was always invariably attached a number of seers, the mantis seems to retain dignity only in his military capacity. Aristo­phanes does not think much of the profession. The devolution of the medicine-man is com­pleted in the swarm of fortune-telling quacks who cater for popular superstition, the Old Moores of antiquity. In the age in which the Roman Empire fused the superstitions of its motley subjects into one chaotic whole, we find the mantis giving place to the astrologer, and the adventurer from foreign lands equipped with uncouth jargon which passes for the mystic

1 Pausanias iii. n. 5 (trans. Frazer).

2 Hicks and Hill, 40, with Aristoph. Peace 1043.

3 Euripides, Phoinissai 854 :

/cd/cet y&p ?jv Tis ir6Xe/tos Eu/i6\7rou 5opos, oD Ka.\\tviKous Ke/r/xnriSas HdijK' e*yc6' /cai rovSe -%pv&ovv <rTetj>avov, u>s opps, ^xw \a/3ui> d?ra/>xas Tro\e/d<av <TKv\ev/juiTav. .

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