Abstract

The well-known mythological basis for augury (by which I mean in this paper the specialist consultation of various antics of birds in flight) is that there exists a positive interaction between gods and birds, whereby beneficent gods send reliable signs to expert mortals by means of certain birds, which act as the gods' messengers.

The aim of this paper will be to demonstrate that Augustan writers (Livy, Vergil, and Ovid) engage in a lively debate about the hallowed mythological underpinning for augury, a debate which is all the more surprising (and potentially contentious) in light of the Emperor's own promotion of this most ancient religious institution.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 147-167
Launched on MUSE
2009-05-24
Open Access
No
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