as to which we would fain get at least a hint.
This much is plain, however, that in the embryonic stage of the Roman commonwealth some obscure processes of fusion or commingling went on. The tribal population of Rome was more heterogeneous than that of the great cities of Greece, and its earliest municipal religion seems to have been an assemblage of various tribal religions that had points of contact with other tribal religions throughout large portions of the Graeco-Italic world.
As M. de Coulanges observes.
La Cite antique, 441. Rome was almost the only city of antiquity which was not kept apart from other cities by its religion.
There was hardly a people in Greece or Italy which it was restrained from admitting to participation in its municipal rites.
However this may have been, it is certain that Rome early succeeded in freeing itself from that insuperable prejudice which elsewhere prevented the ancient city from admitting aliens to a share in its franchise.
And in this v