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τοιαῦτα, adverbially with “φθίνοντα”: cp. 848οἵα” n.

ὀργίων μαντεύματα, ‘oracles derived from rites,’ —the predictions which he could have made if the rites had given him a sign. They gave none; and so his hopes of reading the future came to nought (φθίνοντα: cp. O. T. 906φθίνοντα... θέσφατα”). Cp. Tr. 765 (where Heracles offers burnt sacrifice) “ὅπως δὲ σεμνῶν ὀργίων ἐδαίετο φλὸξ αἱματηρά.

ἀσήμων, not giving the “φλογωπὰ σήματα” (Aesch. PV 498) which burnt offerings can yield. Such signs might be good or evil, according to the aspects of the fire (cp. 1007 n.). But here the fire had refused to burn at all. Like the birds, these rites also had left him without any definite sign—though with a strengthened presentiment of evil.


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    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 498
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