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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

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

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