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A rascal promised to demonstrate that the oracle of Delfos was lying. 

The special day came and the rascal took a little bird and, hiding it down from his cloak, went to the temple.

He stood in front of the oracle and asked if what he had in the hand was an alive being or was inanimate.

If the oracle was saying "inanimately", the man would show the alive little bird; if he was saying I "live", he would present a dead thing, after having hung it.

But the god, seeing about what he was doing with this evil intention, answered:

"Abandon your trick, rascal, since you know very well that it depends on you that what you have in your hand is dead or alive."

 

The rascals do not have participation in the divine things.

 

 

 

 
 

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