1. J. B. Wiesner and H. F. York, 211 (No. 4), 27 (1964).
4. J. H. Fremlin, No.415 (1964), p. 285.
"...prophesy to those who convicted me...when men prophesy most, when they are about to die." What the Greeks thought, indeed, is that those near death can simply see things that others can't.
5. A. Smith, (Modern Library, New York, 1937), p. 423.
"...had to happen...it is as it should be." A little fatalism goes a long way, though Socrates has brought upon himself his fate quite deliberately.
19. A. Comfort, (Nelson, London, 1967).
Some scholarly comment has been that Athens became disillusioned with Delphi because it had favored Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, patronizing instead another oracle of Apollo at Delos.
20. C. Frankel, (Harper& Row, New York, 1955), p. 203.
a pass with hot springs), killing King Leonidas of himself (fuliflling a prophecy of Delphi that either Sparta, or a King of Sparta, must fall), they rolled all but unmolested into Athens, where the wooden walls of the Acropolis were simply set on fire, and all the defenders killed.
ERODING MYTH OF THE COMMON VALUE SYSTEM
However, Xenophon, who discusses at length in the the complaints that people had against Socrates, does not mention this one; and such a complaint would have discredited the "walls of wood" pronouncement, which was Delphi's principal contribution to the defense of Athens and the defeat of the Persians.