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Divination and Politics in Ancient Rome

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.

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