January 20th, 2009

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Inauguration Day

Here's an interesting comment from a site explaining how to take the auspices. 

Any paterfamilias was able to take auspices for private ceremonies. Most commonly private auspices were taken when marriages were proposed. For the auspicia publica, however, only the highest magistrates were permitted. The magistrates represented the state and thus acted on behalf of all of Rome whenever the gods were consulted. The power to take auspices was transferred from one magistrate to the next; that is, after an official was elected he had to perform a special augury to see if the gods approved his election. If the omens were good he was then "inaugurated" into office.