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Cicero famously wrote that two Roman augurs could not look each other in the face without laughing. Does anyone know the exact quote?

In one part of the novel The Kingdom, Emmanuel Carrère asserts: "(...) Cicero famously wrote that two Roman augurs could not look each other in the face without laughing (...)." Does anyone know the exact quote by Cicero? I would also appreciate it if someone could point me to the title of Cicero's book from which this quote comes from.

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  • 2 months ago

    It's from Cicero's "De natura deorum" (On the Nature of the Gods), Book 1, Chapter 26. The Latin is "mirabile videtur quod non rideat haruspex quum haruspicem viderit". The 19th century scholar C.D. Yonge translated it as "It seems an unaccountable thing how one soothsayer can refrain from laughing when he sees another." But of course "augur" is probably a better translation of "haruspex" than "soothsayer" is, in this context.

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