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[6] The wrath of heaven was not late in visiting him; never in fact have we known it more speedy. When he was but forty-six years old, Philip fulfilled the oracle that it is said was given him when he inquired of Delphi about the Persians:—“The bull is crowned; the consummation is at hand; the sacrificer is ready.
”Very soon afterwards events showed that this oracle pointed, not to the Persians, but to Philip himself.

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