De Divinatione

M. Tullius Cicero

Nam non multo ante urbem captam exaudita vox est a luco Vestae, qui a Palati radice in novam viam devexus est, ut muri et portae reficerentur; futurum esse, nisi provisum esset, ut Roma caperetur.

Not long before the capture of the city by the Gauls, a voice, issuing from Vesta's sacred grove, which slopes from the foot of the Palatine Hill to the New Road, was heard to say, ' the walls and gates must be repaired; unless this is done the city will be taken.'

Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from M. Tullius Cicero: Volume XX. On Old Age. On Friendship. On Divination, Loeb Classical Library Vol. 154, translated by W.A. Falconer, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1923, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.