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[112] And in the Sibylline books, throughout the entire work, each prophecy is embellished with an acrostic, so that the initial letters of each of the lines give the subject of that particular prophecy. Such a work comes from a writer who is not frenzied, who is painstaking, not crazy. Therefore let us keep the Sibyl under lock and key so that in accordance with the ordinances of our forefathers her books may not even be read without permission of the Senate and may be more effective in banishing rather than encouraging superstitious ideas. And let us plead with the priests to bring forth from those books anything rather than a king, whom henceforth neither gods nor men will suffer to exist in Rome.

55. "But many persons in a frenzy often utter true prophecies, as Cassandra did when she said.

Already on the mighty deep . . .
and when, a little later, she exclaimed,
Alas! behold! ...

1 Cf. i. 31.67.

2 Cf. i. 50. 114.

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