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Aristophanes, Knights (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 1060 (search)
urther oracle, by which Apollo puts you on your guard against the snares of the greedy fist.
Of what greedy fist?
The god in this oracle very clearly points to the hand of Cleon, who incessantly holds his out, saying, “Fill it.”
That's a lie! Phoebus means the hand of Diopeithes. But here I have a winged oracle, which promises you shall become an eagle and rule over all the earth.
I have one, which says that you shall be King of the Earth and of the Red Sea too, and that you shall administer justice in Ecbatana, eating fine rich stews the while.
I have seen Athena in a dream, pouring out full vials of riches and health over the people.
I too have seen the goddess, descending from the Acropolis with an owl perched upon her helmet; on your head she was pouring out ambrosia, on that of Cleon garlic pickle.
Truly Glanis is the wisest of men. I shall yield myself to you; guide me in my old age and educate me anew.