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[104] I heard Lucius Flaccus,1 the high priest of Mars, relate the following story: Metellus' daughter, Caecilia, who was desirous of arranging a marriage for her sister's daughter, went, according to the ancient custom, to a small chapel to receive an omen. A long time passed while the maiden stood and Caecilia was seated on a chair without [p. 337] any word being spoken. Finally, the former grew weary and said to her aunt: 'Let me sit awhile on your chair.' ' Certainly, my child,' said Caecilia, 'you may have my place.' And this was an omen of what came to pass, for in a short time Caecilia died and the girl married her aunt's husband. I realize perfectly well that the foregoing omens may be lightly regarded and even be laughed at, but to make light of signs sent by the gods is nothing less than to disbelieve in the existence of the gods.

1 Probably L. Valerius Flaccus, praetor 63 B.C., and defended for embezzlement by Cicero in 60.

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