What I myself heard in Thebes
gives probability to the Messenian account, although it does not coincide in all respects. The Thebans say that when the battle of Leuctra was imminent, they sent to other oracles and to enquire of the god of Lebadeia
. The replies of the Ismenian and Ptoan Apollo are recorded, also the responses given at Abae and at Delphi
. Trophonius, they say, answered in hexameters:—“Or ever ye join battle with the foe, set up a trophy and deck it with my shield, which impetuous Aristomenes the Messenian placed in my temple. And I will destroy the host of foemen bearing shield.