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The feuds and friendships of birds (“ἔχθραι τε καὶ στέργηθραAesch. PV 492) were among the signs noted by augurs. In this case there was a vague omen of bloodshed (“φοναῖς”), but no clear sign. The seer now sought further light by another mode of divination.

ἐμπύρων, sc.ἱερῶν”, burnt-sacrifice; where the omen was given by the manner in which the fire dealt with the offering. Eur. Suppl. 155μάντεις δ᾽ ἐπῆλθες, ἐμπύρων τ᾽ εἶδες φλόγα”; Phoen. 954ἐμπύρῳ χρῆται τέχνῃ”. I. T. 16 “εἰς ἔμπυρ᾽ ἦλθε” (had recourse to). This was “ δι᾽ ἐμπύρων μαντεία”, ignispicium, while “ἱεροσκοπία”=haruspicina, divination by inspecting entrails. In , Aesch. P. V. 488—499, vv. 488—492 concern “ὀρνιθομαντεία”: vv. 493—5, “ἱεροσκοπία”: and vv. 496—9, “ἔμπυρα.

ἐγευόμην, proceeded to make trial of: Tr. 1101μόχθων μυρίων ἐγευσάμην”: Plat. Rep. 475Cπαντὸς μαθήματος γεύεσθαι”.


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