P. Klaudiusz Pulcher; święte kurczęta; bitwa pod Drepanum; auspicium; exemplum
Roczniki Humanistyczne, T. 66, z. 3 (2018), s. 233-247
The motif of drowning the sacred chickens by P. Claudius Pulcher in 249 BC has been
variously understood by modern scholars as either a historical fact or a later invention.
T.P. Wiseman has gone so far as to call it “the hostile annalist’s masterpiece”. More important
than its authenticity, however, seems to be the question: in what circumstances it had become
a historical exemplum?