The disasters of the early part of the second Punic War revealed an unparalleled religious nervousness: portents and prodigies were announced from all quarters, it was felt that the divine anger was on the state, yet there was no belief in the efficacy of the old methods for restoring the pax deum.
3); but the significance of prodigies and portents is not denied (ii.
Accounts of omens, portents, prodigies and other remarkable things apparently took up a considerable portion of the work.
Strange portents and warning phantasms did not check James: he sent forth a fleet of thirteen ships and 3000 men, which faded into nothingness: he declared war on Henry; and on the 22nd of August he crossed the border with all his force, including the highlanders and islesmen.
Sentiment and tradition have magnified his achievements, and confused his career with tales of portents and magical powers.