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[2] Moreover, with the well-known oracle1 he tried again to win the people over to his views, saying that its ‘wooden wall’ meant nothing else than their fleet; and that the god in this oracle called Salamis ‘divine,’ not ‘dreadful’ nor ‘cruel,’ for the very reason that the island would sometime give its name to a great piece of good fortune for the Hellenes. At last his opinion prevailed, and so he introduced a bill providing that the city be entrusted for safe keeping ‘to Athena the patroness of Athens,’ but that all the men of military age embark on the triremes, after finding for their children, wives, and servants, such safety as each best could.

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