eeply versed, so far as anyone could be in that age, in all law, divine and human.
The teacher to whom he owed his learning was not, as men say, in default of another name, the Samian Pythagoras; for it is well established that Servius Tullius was king at Rome, more than a hundred years after this time, when Pythagoras gathered about him, on theB.C. 716 farthest coasts of Italy, in the neighbourhood of Metapontum, Heraclea, and Croton, young men eager to share his studies.It was about 530 B.C. when Pythagoras settled in Croton.
And from that country, even if he had been contemporary, how could his fame have reached the Sabines? Again, in what common language could he have induced anyone to seek instruction of him? Or under whose protection could a solitary man have made his way through so many nations differing in speech and customs?
It was Numa's native disposition, then, as I incline to believe, that tempered his soul with noble qualities, and his training was not i