Text #3738Hellenica, Anabasis. Vol. 2 .
[Xen. Hell. 7.1.32. Translated by Carleton L. Brownson. William Heinemann. 1921. (2 Vols.) p. 137]
When these words had been spoken, it is said that from a clear sky there came lightnings and thunderings of favourable omen for him; and it chanced also that on the right wing was a sanctuary and a statue of Heracles1. As a result, therefore, of all these things, it is reported that the soldiers were inspired with so much strength and courage that it was a task for their leaders to restrain them as they pushed forward to the front. And when Archidamus led the advance, only a few of the enemy waited till his men came within spear-thrust; these were killed, and the rest were cut down as they fled, many by the horsemen and many by the Celts.
The circumstance was of good omen because Heracles was the traditional ancestor of the Spartan kings. [nE] ↩