The de Divinatione appeals more to our sense of reasonableness than to reason: its refutation of the various superstitions involved makes for. An English translation. The complete work is onsite. Part of a large site on ancient Rome and classical Antiquity. Guillaumont (F.) Le De divinatione de Cicerón et les théories antiques de . Cicerone, Della divinazione (Milan, ); G. Freyburger and J. Scheid. (edd., trans.

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Such a work comes from a writer who is not frenzied, who is painstaking, divlnatione crazy. How could the observations have continued for a long time?

A really amazing book by Cicero discussing divination. Quinto passa poi ad illustrare le due grandi categorie in cui risultano suddivisibili cicrrone metodi divinatori: She referred the dream to an interpreter. Apart from cicegone an agreement being impossible in fact, it is impossible even to imagine; and, moreover, we see some nations interpreting entrails in one ciceeone and some in another; hence there is no uniformity of practice.

Or do you believe that this was the way in which Romulus used to take the auspices? If then mistakes are made by those who make no forecasts not based upon some reasonable and probable conjecture, what must we think of the conjectures of men who foretell the future by means of entrails, birds, portents, oracles, or dreams?

But nothing seems strange to a man when he is dreaming. La divinazione Titolo originale De divinatione. In the second book Cicero provides arguments against auguries, auspices, astrology, lots, dreams, and every species of omens and prodigies.

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About Marcus Tullius Cicero. Therefore let us keep the Sibyl under lock and key so that in accordance with the ordinances of our forefathers her books may not even be read without permission of the Senate and may be more effective in banishing rather than encouraging superstitious ideas. It is perfectly evident that, out of the wonder and fear excited in primitive man by lightning and thunderbolts, sprang his belief that those phenomena were caused by omnipotent Jove.


What advantage, pray, do you think it would have been to him, when he was at the very summit of power and wealth, to know that he was destined to perish beyond the Euphrates in shame and dishonour, after his son had been killed and his own army had been destroyed?

Then on the left, from out a cloudless sky, Jove’s thunder rolled its goodly omen forth. Etenim nobismet ipsis quaerentibus quid sit de divinatione iudicandum, quod a Carneade multa acute et copiose contra Stoicos disputata sint, verentibusque ne temere vel falsae rei vel non satis cognitae adsentiamur, faciendum videtur ut diligenter etiam atque etiam argumenta cum argumentis comparemus, ut fecimus in iis tribus libris quos de natura deorum scripsimus.

And yet, because Dionysius began to reign a short time later — which was a mere coincidence — the event referred to is considered a portent!

Though few, their activity may yet have a wide influence in the state.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Then especially do the ‘remnants’ of our waking thoughts and deeds move and stir within the soul. With how very few words they think the business dispatched! Next, and in the same number of volumes, came the Tusculan Disputationswhich made plain the means most essential to a happy life.

Cicero on Divination

It is notable as one of vicerone primary sources on the workings of Roman religion. Don’t you think, rather, that the bull lost his heart when he saw that Caesar in his purple robe had lost his head?

What, then, is this thing you call divination — this ‘foreknowledge of things that happen by chance’ — and where is it employed? In his mental excitement and aberration, he merely stated that things would occur, which, when he was himself, he feared would come to pass.

But another interpreter said, ‘You are pregnant, for it is not customary to seal that which is empty.

Do you Stoics fail to see in choosing the victim it is almost like a throw of the dice, especially as facts prove djvinatione Matthew added it Aug 24, Angelo added it Dec 30, Moreover, you derived every form of divination from three sources — God, Fate, and Nature. And is it true that these fowls are not accustomed to crow except when they are victorious? Cicero’s memory again deceives him, the reference being to Ulysses.


Moreover, in periods of fear and of danger stories of portents are not only more readily believed, but they are invented with greater impunity. You spoke of a mule bearing a colt. For he placed great reliance in divination by means of entrails and portents.

For the crow would not tell Deiotarus that he was doing right in preparing to defend the liberty of the Roman people.

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Then they make another assumption: Again, when clouds collide their heat is forcibly driven out and the thunderbolt is the result. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Scylax of Halicarnassus, an intimate friend of Panaetius, and an eminent astronomer, besides being the head of the government in his own city, utterly repudiated the Chaldean method of foretelling the future. But why say more against a theory which every day’s experience refutes?

The groves were originally on the summits. What he sees frequently causes him no astonishment even though he does not know how it happened. Psychopu added it Aug 16, It’s in two parts, the first by Quintus, who believes in divination, and the second by Cicero, who denies it. Refresh and try again. This is especially noticeable to mariners who often observe extreme changes of weather take place while they rounding the capes.

This story is told by Suetonius in his Iul. But if it is certain what is going to befall me in reference to any matter and on every occasion, how do the soothsayers help me by saying that the greatest misfortunes await me?