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τούτοισικ.τ.λ.” The μαντεῖα καινὰ denote the oracle given at Dodona twelve years before this time, saying that at the end of the twelfth year Heracles should have rest. This is the oracle to which allusion was made in 44, 164 ff., 824 ff. The other and earlier oracle (1159 ff.) had predicted the agency: this Dodonaean oracle, ‘recent’ in a relative sense, predicted the time. The two oracles ‘agree,’ because each verifies the other. The thing has come to pass by the right agency at the right time.

συμβαίνοντ᾽ ἴσα, ‘coming out in agreement with them,’—yielding the same result,—viz., that this is the predicted end. For “συμβαίνειν”, cp. 173 n. The idea is emphatically repeated in τοῖς πάλαι ξυνήγορα, ‘pleading on the side of the older oracle,’—upholding its truth. Cp. 814ξυνηγορεῖς”.

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