In the first place Apollo never spoke in Latin; second, that oracle is unknown to the Greeks; third, in the days of Pyrrhus Apollo had already ceased making [p. 503] verses, and, finally, although “the sons of Aeacus have ever been,” as Ennius says,
O son of Aeacus, my prediction is
That you the Roman army will defeat.From the Annales of Ennius.
a stolid race,still Pyrrhus would have had sense enough to see that the equivocal line—“You the Roman army will defeat”—was no more favourable to him than to the Romans. As for that equivocal response which deceived Croesus, it might have deceived—Chrysippus, for example; but the one made to Pyrrhus wouldn't have fooled—even Epicurus!
And more for valour than for wisdom famed,