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II. Classical antiquity

According to Roman Augural law (Ecclesiastical/Religious law), omina mostly belong to the signa oblativa, the portents that offer themselves by coincidence and not those attained through a divination technique. An omen could bring good or bad tidings and people could accept or reject it (with a quick prayer, or by spitting). It is not possible to give a specific definition of omina. Varro's restriction…

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Rosenberger, Veit (Augsburg), “Omen”, 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 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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