Text #1643Natural History. Series: Natural History. Vol. 1 .
[Plin. Nat. 2.23. Translated by H. Rackham. Harvard University Press. 1938. (10 Vols.) p. 235]
But sometimes there is a comet in the western sky, usually a terrifying star and not easily expiated: for instance, during the civil disorder in the consulship of Octavius, and again during the war between Pompey and Caesar, or in our day about the time of the poisoning which secured the bequest of the empire by Claudius Caesar to Domitius Nero, and thereafter during Nero’s principate shining almost continuously and with a terrible glare.