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1 When the chickens ate so eagerly that some of the food fell to ground and struck it—that was a good omen. See ii. chaps. 34 and 35 where terripudium is explained as =terripavium (from terra and pavire) and solistimum has apparently almost the same meaning. Quintus seems to complain that this was not a true method of divination, as the result was inevitable.
2 Cf. Val. Max. ii. 1; Juv. Sat. x. 336; Suet. Claud. ch. 26.
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