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1 B.C. 200
2 The point which Licinius makes becomes clear when we recall the scrupulous exactness with which the Romans satisfied all their obligations to the gods. Licinius is responsible for the precision and propriety of the language used in the vow, and he fears that if the Romans make a vague and indefinite promise the gods will make a vague and indefinite response. Whatever the intention may have been, a vow of this sort inevitably assumes, to the outsider, the aspect of a bargain.
3 The pontiffs as a body had final jurisdiction as interpreters of the ius divinum, or body of ordinances controlling the relations of men to gods.
4 When the ludi Romani (cf. the note on iv. 5 above) became annual, special attention was devoted to those occurring every fifth year.
5 These games were held in 194 B.C.: cf. XXXIV. xliv. 6.
6 These statements cannot be verified.
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