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[114] "Those then, whose souls, spurning their bodies, take wings and fly abroad—inflamed and aroused by a sort of passion—these men, I say, certainly see the things which they foretell in their prophecies. Such souls do not cling to the body and are kindled by many different influences. For example, some are aroused by certain vocal tones, as by Phrygian songs, many by groves and forests, and many others by rivers and seas. I believe, too, that there were certain subterranean vapours which had the effect of inspiring persons to utter oracles.1 In all these cases the frenzied soul sees the future long in advance, as Cassandra did in the following instance:
Alas! behold! some mortal will decide
A famous case between three goddesses:
Because of that decision there will come
A Spartan woman, but a Fury too.2
It is in this state of exaltation that many predictions have been made, not only in prose but also

In verse which once the fauns and bards did sing.

From Ennius, Annales, vii. 2.

1 In i. 50. 114, after commovent and before quorum, I insert the last two lines of chapter 50 (i. 50. 115) credo etiam . . . funderent, and strike them out of their present place in the MS. Hottinger suggested the transposition, which Giese and Moser approved, though they did not make it in their texts.

2 Cassandra is speaking of the judgement of Paris and the coming of Helen. The author of the lines is not known.

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