n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Ennius or Cicero? The disreputable diviners at CIC. De Div. 1.132
|Article Title||Ennius or Cicero? The disreputable diviners at CIC. De Div. 1.132|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Pages||153 - 166|
At the end of the first book of Cicero's De Divinalione. Quintus remarks that, even though he believes in divination, there are some diviners whom he would not trust to give accurate predictions. These comments are followed by a quotation from Ennius' Telamo. Most modern scholars have assumed, therefore, that the previous lines also contain an echo, if not a paraphrase of Ennius' work. This supposition does not seem to be supported by the language or style employed by Cicero. The lines should rather be understood as embodying the parochial view that élite Romans had towards forms of divination that were foreign, rustic or mercenary and not practised by the Roman state.
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