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I. Ancient Orient

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A. Introduction and definition

Haruspices is the Latin term for viewers and interpreters of entrails (of animals) in various ancient cultures, mostly from Etruria (Cic. Div. 1,3). The etymology of the word's first syllable is unclear; amongst others, hira (‘intestines’) and hostia (from haruga, ‘sacrificial animal’) have been assumed [1. 45]. In Roman Republican times, the viewing of entrails (haruspicina) was regarded as an ars, an ‘empirical science’ based on ob…

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Haase, Mareile (Toronto), “Haruspices”, 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 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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