Nothing in Rome can be done without an augury. A magistrate is elected, a law is made, a marriage is arranged; the augur reads the signs in the heavens - the flight of birds, or the roar of thunder. It is, in many ways, a formality; but sometimes the gods seem to speak more directly, and a man's sanity could easily be threatened.
on March 7, 2015 :
An interesting take on one of the significant dates in history that most people know. It's narrated in an engaging manner by a member of an outsider group in Rome in the dying years of the Republic -- an Etruscan who is hired by individuals to foretell the future. The author of this short work has done a good job of combining nostalgia with a sense of doom.