Clement of Alexandria's Predication of the Verb μαντευομαι of Heraclitus
Abstract

Clement's use of the verb is unique in early Christian literature. Whereas other early Christian authors predicate it of those who, in contrast to authentically inspired prophets, reprehensibly engaged in divination or indulged in mindless prognostication, Clement uses it to characterize the words of a few sages who had an extraordinary presentiment of Christian teachings. Clement predicates the word of Heraclitus because he regards the Ephesian philosopher as a prophetic figure who had remarkable insight and who bore authoritative testimony in cryptic fashion against his fellow Greeks.