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[81] "Frequently, too, apparitions present themselves and, though they have no real substance, they seem to have. This is illustrated by what is said to have happened to Brennus1 and to his Gallic troops after he had made an impious attack on the temple of Apollo at Delphi. The story is that the Pythian priestess, in speaking from the oracle, said to Brennus:
To this the virgins white2 and I will see.
The result was that the virgins were seen fighting against the Gauls, and their army was overwhelmed with snow.

38. "Aristotle thought3 that even the people who rave from the effects of sickness and are called 'hypochondriacs'4 have within their souls some power [p. 315] of foresight and of prophecy. But, for my part, I am inclined to think that such a power is not to be attributed either to a diseased stomach or to a disordered brain. On the contrary, it is the healthy soul and not the sickly body that has the power of divination.

1 This was not the Brennus who captured Rome, but a later one who invaded Macedonia and perished there in 278 B.C.

2 Athena and Artemis. The Greek line is ἐμοὶ μελήσει ταῦτα καὶ λευκαῖς κόραις.

3 Cf. Aristot. Prob. xxx. p. 471.

4 Lit. 'sufferers from black bile' (μέλαινα χολή.

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