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[23] One or two of these benefits I will name for the sake of example, choosing the best known.

The Council of the Five Hundred, thanks to this barrier,1 frail as it is, is master of its own secrets, and no private citizen can enter it. The Council of the Areopagus, when it sits roped off in the King's Portico, enjoys complete freedom from disturbance, and all men hold aloof.

1 The wooden lattice-work doorway, giving admission through the bar to the council-chamber or law-court. The corresponding Lat. term is cancelii.

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