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Tages

by Micha F. Lindemans
An Etruscan deity who possesses wisdom. He appeared from a groove when a field was newly ploughed and taught the gathered Etruscans the skills of divination and augury. Tages is portrayed as a young man with two snakes as legs. This particular Etruscan art of divination, later applied by the Romans as well, was written in the so-called Libri Tagetici (also Haruspicini or Acherontici) (Ovid XV, 558).

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