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[27] This is why, as he told me himself, he had time and again abandoned a journey even though he might have been travelling for many days. By the way, that was a very noble utterance of his which he made after Caesar had deprived him of his tetrarchy and kingdom,1 and had forced him to pay an indemnity too. 'Notwithstanding what has happened,' said he,' I do not regret that the auspices favoured my joining Pompey. By so doing I enlisted my military power in defence of senatorial authority, Roman liberty, and the supremacy of the empire. The birds, at whose instance I followed the course of duty and of honour, counselled well, for I value my good name more than riches.' His conception of augury, it seems to me, is the correct one.

"For with us magistrates make use of auspices, but they are 'forced auspices,'2 since the sacred chickens in eating the dough pellets thrown must let some fall from their beaks.

1 Deiotarus was tetrarch of Gallograecia and king of Lesser Armenia; cf. ii. 37. 78; Bell. Alex. 67.

2 In such cases the chickens were so fed that the sign desired must be given; cf. ii. chaps. 34 and 35.

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