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In considering this question, look not at my speech, but at the general character of mankind. All our cities contain shrines and temples of all the gods, and among them is one of Athena, Our Lady of Forethought,1 worshipped as a beneficent and powerful goddess, and close to the temple of Apollo at Delphi, immediately as you enter the precincts, she has a large and beautiful temple. Apollo, a god and prophet both, knows what is best. But there is no temple of Recklessness or of Shamelessness.

1 The goddess with a temple at the entrance to the precincts of Apollo at Delphi was Ἀθήνη Προναία, whom the Pytho addresses at the beginning of the EumenidesAesch. Eum. 21 and to whom Croesus offered a golden shield (Hdt. 1.92). Perhaps by popular etymology she became the goddess of Providence, which title she is named also in Aeschines (Aeschin. 3.108). Pausanias mentions both titles (Paus. 9.10.2 and Paus. 10.8.6).

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