In the auspicia ex tripudiis interpretations were made of the feeding behaviour of hens (Cic. Div. 1,27; 1,77; 2,71-73). If feed fell to the ground when they were eating it was interpreted as a positive sign, if the birds hung back, cried out or turned away from the food as a negative one.
J. Linderski, The Augural Law, in: ANRW II 16.3, 1986, 2146-2312, esp. 2174.
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Siebert, Anne Viola (Hannover),
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.
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