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Pars antica, postica
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Technical term in Roman divination (VII.) (augury: e.g. Serv. Aen. 2,453; interpretation of thunder and lightning: schol. Veronensia Verg. Aen. 2,693). PA describes the two spatial semiotic units (partes, spatia: Serv. Ecl. 9,15) of the field of observation in front of the diviner, PP the two behind, constructed with the help of a system of rectangular co-ordinates ( Templum ). This system of spatial orientation, which was also the basis of Roman surveying, with rules for drawing boundaries (constitutio limitum: Hyginus p. 166f. Lachmann) is traced by Varro …

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Haase, Mareile (Toronto), “Pars antica, postica”, 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 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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