On prophecies

“Among other things which they remembered in their distress was, very naturally, the following verse which the old men said had long ago been uttered:

“A Dorian war shall come and with it death.”
[Book 2, Chapter 54, Section 2]

So a dispute arose as to whether dearth and not death had not been the word in the verse; but at the present juncture, it was of course decided in favor of the latter; for the people made their recollection fit in with their sufferings [from the plague]. I fancy, however, that if another Dorian war should ever afterwards come upon us, and a dearth should happen to accompany it, the verse will probably be read accordingly.”
[Book 2, Chapter 54, Section 3]

– Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War

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