That the family of the Octavii was of the first distinction in Velitrae , is rendered evident by many
circumstances. For in the most frequented part of the town, there was, not long since, a street named the
Octavian; and an altar was to be seen, consecrated to one Octavius, who being chosen general in a war with
some neighbouring people, the enemy making a sudden attack, while he was sacrificing to Mars, he
immediately snatched the entrails of the victim from off the fire, and offered them half raw upon the altar;
after which, marching out to battle, he returned victorious.