Question by small one: Augury in Julius Caesar?
Why is it important?
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Answer by angela l
All the nations of antiquity firmly believed that the will of the gods and future events were revealed to men by certain signs, which were sent by the gods as marks of their favour.
Is this what you are looking for? “Beware the Ides of March,” was the famous warning given to Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. that said the 15th of March would be very unlucky for him and he should not leave his home. These soothsayers, Caesar’s official priests, had actually divined this omen through augury. Two oxen had been sacrificed by the priests for guidance, but when they put the sacrificed animals into the ritual fire, the oxen were consumed by the fire completely and much too quickly than was normal. This abnormality the priests saw as a decidedly bad omen.
Did Caesar listen to his priests? No. He left home to meet with the Senate to meet in the Theatre of Pompey. On his way here, on the day of the month of March which the Romans call the Ides, he greeted the seer with a jest and said: “Well, the Ides of March are come,” and the seer said to him softly: “Ay, they are come, but they are not gone.”[
As the Senate convened, he was attacked and stabbed to death
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