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Lucian, The Double Indictment, 1

nanZeus. A curse on all those philosophers who will have it that none but the Gods are happy! If they could but know what we have to put up with on men’s account, they would not envy us our nectar and our ambrosia. They take Homer’s word for it all,— the word of a blind quack; ’tis he who pronounces us blessed, and expatiates on heavenly glories, he who could not see in front of his own nose. Look at the Sun, now. He yokes that chariot, and is riding through the heavens from morn till night, clothed in his garment of fire, and dispensing his rays abroad; not so much breathing space as goes to the scratching of an ear; once let his horses catch him napping, and they have the bit between their teeth and are off ‘cross country, with the result that the Earth is scorched to a cinder. The Moon is no better off: she is kept up into the small hours to light the reveller and the diner out upon their homeward path. And then Apollo,— he has his work cut out for him: with such a press of oracular business, it is much if he has any ears left to hear with: he is wanted at Delphi; the next minute, he must be off to Colophon; then away to Xanthus; then back at a trot to Clarus; then it is Delos, then Branchidae;— in short, he is at the beck of every priestess who has taken her draught of holy water, munched her laurel leaf, and made the tripod rock; it is now or never; if he is not there that minute to reel off the required oracle, his credit is gone. The traps they set for him too! He must have a dog’s nose for lamb and tortoise in the pot, or his Lydian customer departs, laughing him to scorn. As for Asclepius, he has no peace for his patients: his eyes are acquainted with horror, and his hands with loathsomeness; another’s sickness is his pain. To say nothing of the work that the Winds have to get through, what with sowing and winnowing and getting the ships along; or of Sleep, always on the wing, with Dream at his side all night giving a helping hand.

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contests,divinatory Johnston (2008) 76
elis Naiden (2013) 56
enthusiastic prophecy Johnston (2008) 76
ethiopia Naiden (2013) 56
eumaeus Naiden (2013) 56
hermes Naiden (2013) 56
jason of pherae Naiden (2013) 56
laurel Johnston (2008) 76
mopsus Johnston (2008) 76
odysseus Naiden (2013) 56
olympus,mount Naiden (2013) 56
sophocles Naiden (2013) 56
tripods and divination' Johnston (2008) 76
xanthus,oracle of Johnston (2008) 76
zeus Naiden (2013) 56