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i44 GREEK DIVINATION chap. „„

horses of Achilles, who prophesy their master's death.1 Divination by the neighing of horses, or by the way in which they step over an arrangement of rods, is, as far as I know, peculiar to Northern Europe and the Slavs of Prussia.2 Is it possible that some of the invading tribes from Middle Europe, who formed so important an element in the Hellenic stock, are responsible for the rites of Onchestos ?

1 Bouche Leclerq, op. cit. ii. p. 367 ; Iliad xvii. 426, xix. 405.

2 Tacitus, Germ. 10. For Norway, Iceland, Holland, Stettin, Riigen, etc., see Hopf, Thierorakel, pp. 68-74.

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