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τῶν ἄλλων: gen. of the person, although the real comparison is between things. Cf. πυραμίδα ἀπελίπετο πολλὸν ἐλάσσω τοῦ πατρός Hdt. ii. 134. See G. 1178; H. 773 b.

μαντικήν (i.e. τὴν μαντικὴν τέχνην): divination in general, followed by the four varieties οἰωνοῖς, φήμαις, συμβόλοις, θυσίαις. In the case of birds, their flight and cries were observed (Lat. augurium); φῆμαι were sayings of men; σύμβολα (συμβάλλω) were originally coincidences, or meetings of men, then, generally, natural phenomena, or other occurrences which may serve as omina; θυσίαις refers to the inspection of the viscera of victims sacrificed. Cf. Theophrastus περὶ δεισιδαιμονίας; Gardner and Jevons, Manual of Greek Antiq., p. 256 ff. For the dat. of means with χρῶνται (lit. serve themselves by), see G. 1183; H. 777.

οὐ τοὺς ὄρνιθας: not that the birds.

τὰ συμφέροντα τοῖς μαντευομένοις: what is of advantage to the persons resorting to divination.

διὰ τούτων: through these instrumentalities. The gen. is of means, as in ἔλεγε δἰ ἑρμηνέως, he spoke through an interpreter, An. ii.3.17 G. 1206, 1; H. 795, 1.

αὐτά: i.e. τὰ συμφέροντα.

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