685 The seer is given neither name nor ethnicity and thus could stand for the whole profession of μαντεία. However, the narrative does not use technical language for bird-augury, never specifices the kind of bird involved (see below), and gives no hint at the theological underpinning of divination. This may be because Ps.-Hecataeus was ignorant of the technicalities and rationale of the practice (Bar-Kochva 1996a: 62-69), but it may also serve to deflect the narrative from a comprehensive confrontation with augury, leaving open the possibility that the diviner was poor at his trade or unaware of the divine dimension of his work.