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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Then especially do the ‘remnants’ of our waking thoughts and deeds move and stir within the soul.

Are not the natural philosophers ashamed to utter such nonsense? Do you Stoics fail to see in choosing the victim it is almost like a throw of the dice, especially as facts prove it?

The question is, what does it do? Sed a Stoicis vel princeps eius disciplinae, Posidoni doctor, discipulus Antipatri, degeneravit Panaetius, nec tamen ausus est negare vim esse divinandi, sed dubitare se dixit. For you start with this assumption: It is said that when the root was found it worked the cure not only of Ptolemaeus, but also of many soldiers who had been wounded by the same kind of arrow.

Procles and Eurysthenes, kings of the Lacedaemonians, were twin brothers. And yet, if Fate had willed it, he would not have escaped that calamity; and vice versa. L’opera ha un carattere eminentemente logico-filosofico. We sleep every night and there is scarcely ever a night when we do not dream; then do we wonder that our dreams come true sometimes? For the same reason they know when the moon will be directly between the earth and the sun and thus will hide the light of the sun from our eyes.

Open Preview See a Problem? The three remaining distances are beyond computation: Of course you may argue, if you will, about these tricks of vision as you would about dreams, and say, for example, that when stationary objects appear to be in motion, it foretells an earthquake or a sudden flight; and when the lamp’s flame appears to be double it portends that insurrection and rebellion are afoot! And so, however the Stoics turn and twist, all their shrewdness must come to naught.


Then why do you advise me at all? Aye, some god will snatch them away! In discussing them Plato’s pupil, Eudoxus, whom the best scholars consider easily the first in astronomy, has left the following opinion in writing: How could the observations have continued for a long time?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You answer, ‘Because we see lizards and mice every day; snakes we do not.

De Divinatione (Element Classics)

And if it be true that God consults for our advantage he would say: Do you believe that the same bullock, if chosen by one man, will have a liver without a head, and if chosen by another will have a liver with a head? Euphorion is even too obscure; but Homer is not. His whole address was devoted to an exposition of the science of soothsaying. But there are dovinatione such instances; therefore the existence of divination must be conceded.

Again, you say, ‘Jupiter’ statue was being set up at the very time the conspiracy was being exposed. Angelo added it Dec 30, Hence their entire argument falls divinztione the ground. Nothing is so uncertain as a cast of dice and yet there is no one who plays often who does not sometimes make a Venus-throw and occasionally twice or thrice in succession.

And is there any diviner, anywhere, who, vivinatione blind, like Tiresias, could tell the difference between white and black?

Visite Leggi Modifica Modifica wikitesto Cronologia. Of your dream of me and of my horse emerging from the river and appearing on the bank? If you do not find the cause be assured, nevertheless, that divinatlone could have happened without a cause, and employ the principles of natural philosophy to banish the fear which the novelty of the apparition may have occasioned. But, first, let me examine that syllogism of the Stoics and of our friend Cratippus and see how sound it is.


Un augure che impugna il lituo mentre trae un auspicium ex tripudiis osservando il beccare dei polli. But, for some ddivinatione cause, those superstitious and half-cracked philosophers of yours would rather appear absurd than anything else in the world.

Such matters are usually referred to sages, not to diviners. Moreover, you derived every form of divination from three sources — God, Fate, and Nature. De divinatione, book 1, translated with introduction and historical commentary by Divinationne Wardle, Oxford-New York,pp. The prerogative century — or the one which voted first at divknatione election — had its rogatoror president, who collected the votes; and the entire assembly, made up of all the electors voting by centuries, had its rogatorusually the consul who received the reports of the subordinate presidents.

LacusCurtius • Cicero — de Divinatione

Regardless, he treats each of his pronouncements as if they clinch the argument once and for all – which means he isn’t too different from modern commentators regarding atheism.

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Surely nothing is so at variance with reason and stability as chance? You think that ‘whatever can be foreknown by means of science, reason, experience, or conjecture is to be referred, not to diviners, but to experts.

Be that as it may, our good friend Lucius Tarutius of Firmum, who cicreone steeped in Chaldaic lore, made a calculation, based on the assumption that our city’s birthday was on the Feast of Pales at which time tradition says it was founded by Romulusand from that calculation Tarutius even went so far as to assert that Rome was born when the moon was in the sign of Libra and from that fact unhesitatingly prophesied her destiny.

In that case it might be called ‘the interpreter and satellite of Jove.