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[2] Most of them, then, were fully persuaded that he was right, but Lysimachus was not pleased with the vision; he said he was afraid lest, as places smitten by thunderbolts are kept free from the tread of men, the Deity might be indicating in advance to Pyrrhus also that the city was not to be entered by him. But Pyrrhus declared that this was nonsense intended for the crowd, and great folly, and calling upon his hearers to take their arms in their hands and act upon the belief that
One is the best of all omens, to fight in defence of
1 rose up, and at day-break led forth his army.

1 An adaptation of Iliad, xii. 243, by substituting ‘Pyrrhus’ for ‘one's country’ (Πύρρου for πάτρης).

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