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3.4.42ff.; Hyginus, Fab.
118. They fought for ten years, and Earth prophesied victoryThe most ancient oracle at Delphi was said to be that of Earth; in her office of prophetess the
goddess was there succeeded by Themis, who was af Pliny, Nat. Hist. xxviii.147; compare Paus.
7.25.13. In the later days of antiquity the oracle of Earth at Delphi was explained by some philosophers on
rationalistic principles: they supposed that the priestess was thrown intnfluence, just as the Greek priestesses for a similar
purpose descended into the oracular caverns at Aegira and Delphi. See
Die Loango Expedition, iii.2, von Dr. E. Pechuel Loesche
（Stuttgart, 1907）, p. 441. As to the oracular cavern at
Delphi and the inspiring exhalations which
were supposed to emanate from it, see Diod. 16.26; Strabo 9.3.5; Paus. 10.5.7;
Justin xxiv.6.6-9. That the Pythian priestess descended into the cavern