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[182] ἐναίσιμοι, ‘fateful,’ ‘teaching fate,’ ‘significant;’ so Schol. “μαντικοί, τὸ εἱμαρμένον σημαίνοντες”. The first business of the seer is to discriminate the “ἐναίσιμοι”, which Prometheus implies in his description of his revelations to men ( P. V.484 foll.) “τρόπους δὲ πολλοὺς μαντικῆς ἐστοίχισα”,

κἄκρινα πρῶτος ἐξ ὀνειράτων χρὴ
ὕπαρ γενέσθαι, κλῃδόνας τε δυσκρίτους
ἐγνώρισ᾽ αὐτοῖς”. Compare the words of Theoclymenus, Od.15. 531οὔ τοι ἄνευ θεοῦ ἔπτατο δεξιὸς ὄρνις:
ἔγνων γάρ μιν ἔσαντα ἰδὼν οἰωνὸν ἐόντα”.

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    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 484
    • Homer, Odyssey, 15.531
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