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Γίνωσκε τοίνυν ὡς ἡ τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἀνίκητος καὶ ἀήττητος ὑπάρχει ἰσχύς τε καὶ δύναμις· πάντως δὲ καὶ αὐτὸς πεπληροφόρησαι ἐξ ὧν σοι χρησμῶν Ὀριβάσιος ὁ ἰατρὸς καὶ κουαίστωρ παρὰ τοῦ ἐν Δελφοῖς Ἀπόλλωνος ἄρτι κεκόμικεν· ἐγὼ δέ σοι καὶ τὸν χρησμόν, κἂν μὴ βούλῃ, ἐπαναγνώσομαι·
εἴπατε τῷ βασιλῆϊ· χαμαὶ πέσε δαίδαλος αὐλά.
οὐκέτι Φοῖβος ἔχει καλύβαν, οὐ μάντιδα δάφναν,
οὐ παγὰν λαλέουσαν. ἀπέσβετο καὶ λάλον ὕδωρ.
(Philostorgius, Hist. Eccl. 7.1c = John of Rhodes, Artemii Passio 35)

Know therefore that the strength and power of Christ is invincible and unconquerable. You yourself are certainly convinced of this from the oracles that the physician and quaestor Oribasius recently brought you from the Apollo in Delphi. But I will repeat the oracle to you, whether you wish to hear it or not. It runs as follows:
Go tell the king the wondrous hall is fallen to the ground.
Now Phoebus has a cell no more, no laurel that foretells,
No talking spring; the water that once spoke is heard no more. (tr. Philip R. Amidon)

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