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Suetonius, Tiberius 69

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circa deos ac religiones neglegentior, quippe addictus mathematicae plenusque persuasionis cuncta fato agi, tonitrua tamen praeter modum expavescebat, et turbatiore caelo numquam non coronam lauream capite gestavit, quod fulmine afflari negetur id genus frondis.

He rather neglected matters concerning the gods and religion, as he was addicted to astrology and was fully persuaded that everything happens according to fate; nonetheless he was excessively terrified of thunder, and whenever the sky was looking rather stormy he was never without a laurel wreath on his head, because it is said that that kind of leaf does not get struck by lightning. 

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August 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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