), the names of sacrifices which were offered by
generals before they set out on an expedition. (Xenoph. Anab.
6.5.2.) The principal object of these sacrifices always was to discover from
the accompanying signs the favourable or unfavourable issue of the
undertaking on which they were about to enter. According to Hesychius,
was also the name of the day
on which the annual magistrates laid down their offices.