The As A Good Omen Essay

1928 Words Jun 18th, 2015 8 Pages
An omen is viewed as a sign in the natural world in which delivers some sort of message. These messages differ depending on how they’re interpreted, for some they foretell the common of good while others of evil. Halley 's Comet for example, was a "bad omen" for King Harold II of England, but a "good omen" for William the Conqueror. The oldest source of an omen was found dating back to the Mesopotamia. Unlike in ancient times, in modern society we focus more on fact rather than on superstition (Amar, Signs in the Ancient World). Although we still have some superstitions that are very well known to everyone such as the number 13 signifying bad luck. Superstitions were an important part of life in many ancient cultures, especially the Romans. Even the word superstition itself originates with the ancient Romans. The Romans were well known for their high-level of superstition. This was mostly because they did not possess the knowledge to explain events. In fact, Omens were taken very seriously by Roman society, even by state officials and other politicians. For example, before any ceremony took place, conditions were checked carefully and thoroughly to avoid any unfortunate catastrophes. Newly passed laws could be repealed if the omens regarding them had not been considered. Lighting bolts were commonly thought of as very serious bad…

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