Livy, History of Rome 36

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LIVY

LIBER XXXVI

1. P. Cornelium Cn. f. Scipionem et M’. Acilium Glabrionem consules, 2inito magistratu, patres priusquam de provinciis agerent res divinas facere maioribus hostiis iusserunt in omnibus fanis in quibus lectisternium maiorem partem anni fieri solet, precarique quod senatus de novo bello in animo haberet, ut ea res senatui populoque Romano bene ac feliciter eveniret. 3ea omnia sacrificia laeta fuerunt, primisque hostiis perlitatum est, et ita haruspices responderunt, eo bello terminos populi Romani propagari, victoriam ac triumphum ostendi, 4haec cum renuntiata

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BOOK XXXVI

BOOK XXXVI

1. The consuls Publius Cornelius Scipio, son of Gnaeus Cornelius, and Manius Acilius Glabrio1 had started their term of office when the senate instructed them to see to offering sacrifices before attending to the question of their provinces. They were to use full-grown victims2 and sacrifice at all the shrines in which the lectisternium3 was normally practiced for most of the year; and they were also to offer prayers asking that the new war that the senate had in mind might have a prosperous and successful outcome for the senate and people of Rome. All the sacrifices proved auspicious, a favorable omen was obtained with the first victims, and the haruspices4 replied that the bounds of the Roman people would be extended by the war and that victory and a triumph were presaged. When

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_36.2018