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Auguries are also derived from this department of Nature, and fishes afford presages of coming events. While Augustus1 was walking on the sea-shore, during the time of the Sicilian war, a fish leapt out of the sea, and fell at his feet. The diviners, who were consulted, stated that this was a proof that those would fall beneath the feet of Cæsar who at that moment were in possession of the seas-it was just at this time that Sextus Pompeius had adopted2 Neptune as his father, so elated was he with his successes by sea.

1 In confirmation of this, Suetonius says, "The day before Augustus fought the sea-battle off Sicily, while he was walking on the sea-shore, a fish leapt out of the sea and fell at his feet."

2 Appian tells us, B. v., that Sextus Pompeius, on gaining some successes against Augustus at sea, caused himself to be called the "Son of Neptune," as having been adopted by that divinity. There is also a coin of Pompey extant, which attests that he adopted the surname of "Neptunius."

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