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The Daily Dispatch: June 18, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Situation. (search)
The Situation. The Grecian superstition with regard to the Theme, or supernatural voice, is familiar to every man at all acquainted with Grecian literature. It was nothing more than that unaccountable inspiration (if it be allowable to use the word in that sense) by which a highly wrought community is enabled to anticipate the common vehicles of intelligence when great events are on the wing. The Theme played an important part in the history of Greece on an occasion mentioned by Herodotus. The battles of Platœa and Mycale were fought on the same day — the first in the morning, the last in the evening — the former in Bolotia, the latter in lonia — the distance between them being at least one thousand miles. As the Greeks at Mycale were about to join battle a herald's staff was found on the beach, and the Phene proclaimed among the host, who were previously somewhat dispirited at sight of the enemy's numbers, that the great Persian army had been destroyed at Platœs that morning