γνώμη δ᾽ ἀρίστη μάντις ἥ τ᾽ εὐβουλία.
The best prophet is common sense, our native wit.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Prophecy and Common Sense
Euripides, the playwright who was critical of traditional conceptions of the gods and much traditional religious practice--if you read many of his plays in a row, this aspect becomes very clear--says this in his play Helen. In a passage accusing prophets of merely spouting lies in order to make money, he writes in line 757: