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1 See the note on XXXIII. xlii. 1.
2 While not strictly possessed of these privileges, communities of these types freely imitated Roman customs.
3 These officials had certain duties in connection with the games, and so enjoyed special privileges.
4 So in Petronius (lxxi. 9), Trimalchio wishes himself to be represented on his monument wearing the accumulated distinctions won in his public career.
5 B.C. 195
6 Cf. vi. 14 and the note above,
7 To balance Cato's pun on signa, Valerius makes one on mundus, which signifies both universe and adornment. See note on sect. 15 below.
8 B.C. 195
9 Under the stricter Roman law, a woman was throughout life under the potestas of her father or his representative or the manus of her husband. Valerius makes the point that this domestic authority will be resumed in full with the repeal of the law, and that the same restrictions which the law provided can be enforced if desired.
10 This pair of speeches seems to make an elaborate rhetorical exercise, with careful attention, at least in Cato's speech, to characterization of the speaker. It must be admitted, however, that the psychology of Cato is more cleverly presented than his style, for critics find little trace of the real Cato in the speech. None of the fragments of the actual speech of Cato (collected, e.g., in Meyer's Oratorum Romanorum Fragmenta, s.v.) is to be found in Livy.
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