Carunculae

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Rex Prusias, cum Hannibali apud eum exsulanti depugnari placeret, negabat se audere, quod exta prohiberent. ‘An tu,’ inquit, ‘carunculae vitulinae mavis quam imperatori veteri credere?’
(Cicero, De Divinatione 2.52)

While Hannibal was in exile at the court of King Prusias he advised the king to go to war, but the king replied, ‘I do not dare, because the entrails forbid.’ ‘And do you,’ said Hannibal, ‘put more reliance in pieces of ox-meat than you do in a veteran commander?’ (tr. William Armistead Falconer)

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