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[2] For of old the mystic shapes and voices were vouchsafed to them in the midst of their most glorious successes, and brought consternation and affright upon their enemies;1 but now, while the same sacred ceremonies were in progress, the gods looked down with indifference upon the most grievous woes of Hellas, and the profanation of the season which had been most sweet and holy in their eyes made it for the future give its name to their greatest evils. Indeed, a few years before this the Athenians had received an oracle from Dodona bidding them ‘guard the summits of Artemis,’ 2 that strangers might not seize them;

1 See the Themistocles, xv. 1.

2 Artemis was the patron goddess of Munychia.

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