On the other hand, as the result in part of the theory of Stoicism, religion passed into the hands of the politicians: cults were encouraged or suppressed from political motives, the membership of the colleges of pontifices and augurs, now conferred by popular vote, was sought for its social and political advantages, and augury was debased till it became the meanest tool of the politician.
He wrote a work on augury, the first book of which he dedicated to Cicero.
"There is no augury in Jacob and no divination in Israel; in due time it is told to Jacob and to Israel what God cloth work" (Num.
Troops in this victory were a good augury for the future.
The latter is said to have appealed to augury to determine the exact site of his projected foundation; but less fantastic considerations went far to settle it.
It was during his stay in Asia (20 B.C.) that the Parthian king Phraates voluntarily restored the Roman prisoners and standards taken at Carrhae (53 B.C.), a welcome tribute to the respect inspired by Augustus, and a happy augury for the future.
(iii.) In the case of augury and omens, on the other hand, that is not necessary.