„Here lies Megistias, who died
When the Medes crossed Spercheius' tide.
A great seer, yet he scorned to save
Himself, and shared the Spartans' grave.“

— Simónides de Ceos, Epitaph of the Spartan Diviner, Megistias, at Thermopylae

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