[Livy], Julius Obsequens, A Book of Prodigies after the 505th Year of Rome

LCL 404: 240-241

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a.u.c. 568levi afflatu complurium vestimenta adusserunt. Aedes Iovis in Capitolio fulmine icta. In Umbria semimas duodecim ferme annorum inventus1 aruspicumque iussu necatus. Galli qui Alpis transierunt in Italiam sine proelio eiecti.

a.u.c. 571M. Claudio Q. Fabio Labeone coss.

4. In area Vulcani per biduum, in area Concordiae totidem diebus sanguinem pluit. In Sicilia insula nova maritima.2 Hannibal in Bithynia veneno periit. Celtiberi subacti.

a.u.c. 572L. Aemilio Paulo Cn. Baebio Tamphilo coss.

5. Procellosa tempestas strage3 in urbe facta signa aenea in Capitolio deiecit, signa in circo maximo cum columnis evertit, fastigia templorum aliquot a culmine abrupta dissipavit. Mulus tripes Reate natus. Aedes Apollinis Caietae fulmine icta.4

a.u.c. 573P. Cornelio Cethego M. Baebio Tamphilo coss.5

6. In area Vulcani et Concordiae sanguinem pluit. Hastae Martis motae. Lanuvii simulacrum Iunonis Sospitae lacrimavit. Pestilentiae Libitina non suffecit.1


Julius Obsequens

scorched the clothes of many persons by a slight blast b.c. 186of heat. The temple of Jupiter1 on the Capitol was struck by lightning. In Umbria, a hermaphrodite about twelve years old was discovered, and by order of the soothsayers was put to death. Gauls who had crossed the Alps into Italy were expelled without a battle. (XXXIX. xxii. 3–5.)

Consulship of Marcus Claudius and Quintus b.c. 183Fabius Labeo

4. There was a rain of blood for two days in the precinct of Vulcan, and for the same length of time in the precinct of Concord. Off Sicily, a new island in the sea arose. Hannibal died of poison in Bithynia. The Celtiberians were overcome. (XXXIX. xlvi. 5; li; lvi. 6; Orosius IV. xx. 30.)

Consulship of Lucius Aemilius Paulus and b.c. 182Gnaeus Baebius Tamphilus

5. A windstorm wrecked buildings in the city, overthrew bronze statues on the Capitol, overturned statues with their columns in the Circus Maximus, tore the roofs off the top of several temples, and scattered them. A mule with three feet was born at Reate. The temple of Apollo at Caieta was struck by lightning. (XL. ii. 1–4.)

Consulship of Publius Cornelius Cethegus b.c. 181and Marcus Baebius Tamphilus

6. There was a rain of blood in the precinct of Vulcan and that of Concord. The spears of Mars moved. At Lanuvium the image of Juno the Deliverer shed tears. The plague overwhelmed Libitina.2 On

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.julius_obsequens-prodigies.1959