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Haruspicy

Haruspicy is a method of divination that involves the examination of animal entrails, especially the livers of sacrificed sheep and poultry. A priest who practices this form of divination is known as a haruspex. The technique is thought to have originated in the Near East with the Hittites and Babylonians. It later spread with the Etruscans to the Roman Empire, where it became so popular that a college was opened to preserve the practice. What did haruspices believe the entrails could tell them? More...
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Haruspicy
Haruspicy is a method of divination that involves the examination of animal entrails, especially the livers of sacrificed sheep and poultry. A priest who practices this form of divination is known as a haruspex. The technique is thought to have originated in the Near East with the Hittites and Babylonians. It later spread with the Etruscans to the Roman Empire, where it became so popular that a college was opened to preserve the practice.
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Haruspex

Etruscan inscriptions on the bronze sheep's liver of Piacenza
In Etruscan and Roman religious practice, a haruspex (plural haruspices) is a person trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy, hepatoscopy or hepatomancy. Haruspicy is the inspection of the entrails (exta) of sacrificed animals, especially the livers of sacrificed sheep and poultry. Haruspicy is one of the three branches of the "Etruscan discipline" (disciplina Etrusca) preserved in written texts that were known to the Romans, along with ritual practice and divination from lightning.
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The Babylonians laid particular focus on the liver of the sacrificed animals which is more specifically the field of hepatomancy.

They believed that the liver was the source of the blood and hence the basis of life itself. Thus the Mesopotamians deemed the liver of special sheep to be the ideal way of discovering the will of the gods. The priest, called a bārû, was specially trained to interpret the "signs" of the liver. The liver was divided into sections with each section representing a particular deity. In fact the liver would even be copied into a stone tablet or into clay models so as to be able to study the specimen over longer periods of time.

Today however the art of divination by haruspication is mostly associated with the ancient Romans and the most famous example of this was the prophecy of the death of Julius Caesar which was supposed to have been made by a noted haruspex of the time, Spurinna. He had warned Caesar to beware of the Ides of March and based on the prophecy even Caesar’s wife Calphurnia had begged him not to go to the Senate on that fateful day. Another Roman emperor Claudius was believed to be a student of Etruscan culture and opened a college to preserve and improve their version of haruspication, which lasted until the reign of Theodosius I. In fact the practice of haruspication as a divinatory ritual seems to have flourished in all parts of the Roman Empire, evidence of which has been found in Bath, England where the base of a statue was inscribed to honor Memor who was supposed to be god in Roman haruspicy.
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