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12. But let them41384138    i.e., the predictions. be true, as you maintain, yet will you have us also believe41394139    Lit., “will you make the same belief.” that Mellonia, for example, introduces herself into the entrails, or Limentinus, and that they set themselves to make known41404140    Lit., “adapt themselves to the significations of the things which.” what you seek to learn? Did you ever see their face, their deportment, their countenance? or can even these be seen in lungs or livers? May it not happen, may it not come to pass, although you craftily conceal it, that the one should take the other’s place, deluding, mocking, deceiving, and presenting the appearance of the deity invoked? If the magi, who are so much akin to41414141    Lit., “brothers of.” soothsayers, relate that, in their incantations, pretended gods41424142    i.e., demons. steal in frequently instead of those invoked; that some of these, moreover, are spirits of grosser substance,41434143    Perhaps “abilities”—materiis. who pretend that they are gods, and delude the ignorant by their lies and deceit,—why41444144    The ms. reads cum—“with similar reason we may believe,” instead of cur, as above. should we not similarly believe that here, too, others substitute themselves for those who are not, that they may both strengthen your superstitious beliefs, and rejoice that victims are slain in sacrifice to them under names not their own?


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