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Navius, Attus

or Attius. A renowned augur in the reign of Tarquinius Priscus, who opposed the project of the king to double the number of the equestrian centuries. Tarquin then commanded him to divine whether what he was thinking of at the time could be done; and when Navius declared that it could, the king held out a whetstone and a razor to cut it with. Navius immediately bade him apply the razor to the stone, which he did; and the blade passed through the flint with so much force as to cut the king's hand. The statue of Navius was placed in the Comitium, and beside it was preserved the whetstone (Livy, i. 36; Dionys. iii. 70; Cic. Nat. Deor. ii. 3; De Div. i. 17).

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    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 1, 36
    • Cicero, de Natura Deorum, 2.3
    • Cicero, De Divinatione, 1.17
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