Text #1692

Pliny. Natural History. Series: Natural History. Vol. 1
[Plin. Nat. 2.58. Translated by H. Rackham. Harvard University Press. 1938. (10 Vols.) p. 285]

We are told that during the wars with the Cimbri a noise of clanging armour and the sounding of a trumpet were heard from the sky, and that the same thing has happened frequently both before then and later. In the third consulship of Marius the inhabitants of Ameria and Tuder saw the spectacle of heavenly armies advancing from the East and the West to meet in battle, those from the West being routed. It has often been seen, and is not at all surprising, that the sky itself catches fire when the clouds have been set on fire by an exceptionally large flame.

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