But Homer's Ajax1 in complaining to Achilles of some ferocious deed or other of the Trojans, speaks in this wise:
Then on the left, from out a cloudless sky,
Jove's thunder rolled its goodly omen forth.From the Annales, ii. 5.
For their success Jove thunders on the right.[p. 465] So we regard signs on the left as best—Greeks and barbarians, those on the right. And yet I am aware that we call favourable signs sinistra, or 'left-hand' signs, even though they may be on the right.2 Undoubtedly our ancestors in choosing the left side and foreign nations the right were both influenced by what experience had shown them was the more favourable quarter in most cases.