let us admit that the barbarians are all base deceivers, but are the Greek historians liars too?
"Speaking now of natural divination, everybody
knows the oracular responses which the Pythian
Apollo gave to Croesus, to the Athenians, Spartans,
Tegeans, Argives, and Corinthians. Chrysippus has
collected a vast number of these responses, attested
in every instance by abundant proof. But I pass
them by as you know them well. I will urge only
this much, however, in defence: the oracle at
Delphi never would have been so much frequented.
so famous, and so crowded with offerings from peoples
and kings of every land, if all ages had not tested
the truth of its prophecies. For a long time now
that has not been the case.