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The word augures with its derivatives augurium and augustus belongs to the family auctor, auctoritas and also augere (‘to increase’) [1]. The role of the augures is, however, not just to guarantee the success of an undertaking [2. 57] but to bestow divine power that makes it possible to attain existence [3]: the gods grant a plein de force mystique [4], clearly perceptible in the founding of a city, particularly Rome, or in inauguration (Numa's model, Liv. 1,18,6-10). Our documentation shows that the imparting of the augur no longer produces this power itself: he …

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Briquel, Dominique (Paris), “Augures”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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