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Augury: interpreting the will of the gods.

Requested by man (impetrativa) and offered spontaneously by the gods (oblativa), during a ceremony the enunciation of the requested auspicia was technically called legum dictio. Magistrates endowed by the law with the right of spectio (observation of auspices) would establish the requested the auspicium. To the augur was reserved the nuntiatio i.e. announcing the appearance of auspicia oblativa that would require the interruption of the operation.

The science of interpretation of signs was vast and complex. Since the observation was complex conflict among signs was not uncommon. Observation conditions were rigorous and required absolute silence for validity of the operation.

Romulus and Remus indeed acted as augurs and Romulus was considered a great augur throughout the course of his life.


released April 8, 2014

Written by (in order): Julia Holter, Bill Callahan, Arthur Lee, Yoni Wolf, Lindsey Buckingham.

These versions performed and produced by James Vella / A Lily.

Backing vocals by Eva Rustige, violin by Dalia Nakutytė
Artwork by Hannah Clare and James Vella
Mastering by Jonathan Burrows at ORION



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