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[113] Then, I suppose you are going to force me to believe [p. 499] in myths? Let them be as charming as you please and as finished as possible in language, thought, rhythm, and melody, still we ought not to give credence to fictitious incidents or to quote them as authority. On that principle no reliance, in my opinion, should be placed in the prophecies of your Publicius1 —whoever he may have been—or in those of the Marcian bards2 or in those of the hazy oracles of Apollo3 : some were obviously false and others mere senseless chatter and none of them were ever believed in by any man of ordinary sense, much less by any person of wisdom.

1 Cf. i. 50. 115.

2 Cf. i. 40. 89.

3 Cf. i. 50. 115.

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