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Augustus, Chapter 90: Dread of thunder.
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We have the following account of him respecting his belief in omens and such like. He [Note 1] had so great a dread of thunder and lightning that he always carried about him a seal's skin by way of preservation. And upon any apprehension of a violent storm, he would retire to some place of concealment in a vault under ground; having formerly been terrified by a flash of thunder, while travelling in the night, as we have already mentioned. |
Note 1: he = Augustus
|Circa religiones talem accepimus. Tonitrua et fulgura paulo infirmius expavescebat, ut semper et ubique pellem vituli marini circumferret pro remedio, atque ad omnem maioris tempestatis suspicionem in abditum et concamaratum locum se reciperet, consternatus olim per nocturnum iter transcursu fulguris, ut praediximus.|