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Divination and Politics in Ancient Rome

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Divination and Politics in Ancient Rome

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Divination and Politics in Ancient Rome

Divination and Politics in Ancient Rome

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The ancient Romans used divination, augury and other mystic and religous practices to predict what the gods intended for their political and military pursuits. One key: sacred chickens. Hear Weekend Edition classics commentator Elaine Fantham and NPR's Scott Simon.