That which has been decreed by Fate to beThe whole idea of Fate in every detail is justly, as I think, the subject of derision even in Atellan farces,3 but in a discussion as serious as ours joking is out of place. So then let us sum up our argument: If it is impossible to foresee things that happen by chance because they are uncertain, there is no such thing as divination; if, on the contrary, they can be foreseen because they are preordained by Fate, still there is no such thing as divination, which, by your definition, deals with 'things that happen by chance.'
Almighty Jove himself cannot prevent.
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1 Il. xvi. 433.
2 It is not known from whom this line is taken. The same thought is often found. Cf. Aesch. Prom. 527; Herod. i. 91; Plato, De leg. v. 10.
4 Cf.i. 6. 12; i. 18.34.
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