Published online by Cambridge University Press: 05 January 2009
‘Messages were divined by soaking oak leaves in the holy spring. Oak leaves have veins rich in tannins, and I find that by soaking such leaves in dilute iron sulphate solutions hieroglyphics are produced on the dry leaves which could easily pass for distorted Greek characters. On one occasion I succeeded in obtaining characters that perhaps could have been read καιχ ρομε; and it is interesting to note that Gallaeus records a message reading καὶ ‘Ρώμη ῥύμη.’
1 Gallaeus, S., Sibyllina Oracula (Amsterdam, 1689), iii. 408.Google Scholar Most annoyingly ‘note 95’, which refers to this oracle, is missing. But see ibid. i. 3, n. 2: ‘Suidas hanc inter λόγια et χρησμοὺς constituit difFerentiam, nempe λόγια dicit esse syllogen eorum quae a diis sunt dicta, χρησμοὶ uero oracula quae uersibus sunt prolata ab iis qui sunt diuinitus acti’; cf. Schol. Thuc. ii. 8.
3 Gruber, , Die Quellen Griechenlands chymisch, physisch und medizinisch Untersucht (Weisskirchen, 1756).Google Scholar
6 Not Dioskorides Pedanios, contemporary with Nero and Pliny and author of the famous Materia Medica.