θεοπρόπον, ‘oracular’: usu. connected with “πρέπω” (intrans.), as=‘appearing from a god’; though Buttmann explains it by “θεὸς πρέπει” (trans.), ‘a god sends a sign.’ Acc. to another view, “θεοπρόπος” is ‘one who prays to a god’ (as though the rt “προπ-” were akin to Lat. prec: Leaf, Il.1. 85). τᾶς παλαιφάτου προνοίας, the (divine) prescience which was declared (which found utterance) long ago: viz., twelve years ago, at Dodona: see 44 n. Cp. Soph. Ph.637“θείᾳ προνοίᾳ”, ‘with inspired foresight.’ Soph. O. C.454（“μαντεῖα”) “παλαίφαθ̓”.
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