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[498] It is true (οὖν, cp. 483) that gods indeed (μέν) have perfect knowledge. But there is no way of deciding in a strict sense (ἀληθής) that any mortal who essays to read the future attains to more than I do— i.e. to more than conjecture: though I admit that one man may excel another in the art of interpreting omens according to the general rules of augural lore (σοφίᾳ: cp. σοφὸς οἰωνοθέτας 484). The disquieted speaker clings to the negative argument: “Teiresias is more likely to be right than a common man: still it is not certain that he is right.”

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