The Doctors return with a new mission! The history of Rome from the founding of the city. Many illustrious Latin historians have paved the way with this bold genre, so the doctors are following in the footsteps of giants. On the plus side, this means a foray into those enigmatic brothers, Romulus and Remus.
It’s a founding mixed with parts teenage rebellion, revenge, and violence; it’s the beginning of Rome.
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Episode 36: Romulus and Remus
Wenceslaus Hollar, Romulus and Remus, after Giulio Romano. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Is “auspicium” where we get our modern words “auspicious” and “auspice” from? Looking at bird flying to read the will of he gods just doesn’t seem that auspicious at all. Maybe this is dramatic irony or something?
Indeed it is. “auspicium” has a range of uses in Latin ranging from the “omen taken from birds” to the broader reference to a person’s authority as an “augur” to read the signs of bird movements, entrails etc. The positive link to the English “auspicious” is the way in which the process of augury was geared towards looking for positive signs prior to taking action.
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