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[14] One should appeal to such witnesses for the past,
but also to interpreters of oracles for the future; thus, for instance, Themistocles interpreted the wooden wall to mean that they must fight at sea.1 Further, proverbs, as stated,2 are evidence; for instance, if one man advises another not to make a friend of an old man, he can appeal to the proverb, “Never do good to an old man.” And if he advises another to kill the children, after having killed the fathers, he can say, “ Foolish is he who, having killed the father, suffers the children to live.3

1 Hdt. 7.141.

2 They have not been mentioned before. Spengel would therefore omit εἴρηται, and remove the commas: “proverbs are, as it were, evidence.”

3 From the Cypria of Stasinus, of the “epic cycle.”

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