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1 The citizens appeared in person before the censors and declared their property. The censors could revise or refuse their declarations.
2 The emendation (see the critical note) seems to be warranted by the appearance of the same words in sect. 3 below, with reference to other articles of luxury. Perhaps these measures are Cato's revenge for his defeat in the debate over the Oppian law (XXXIV. i.  —viii.).
3 B.C. 184
4 If the ordinary tax rate was one as per thousand (XXIV. xv. 9, etc.), this heavier tax on a much higher evaluation must have been, and was probably designed to be, almost confiscatory.
5 It may be accidental that the number of the verb here shifts to the plural. This particular act prevented the piping into private property of water from the aqueducts.
6 Their position is unknown.
7 Cicero (de lege agraria I. 7) seems to speak of them as auction-rooms.
8 Cf. XXXII. xvi. 7 and the note.
9 This building, used for the law-courts, stood between the comitium and the north end of the Capitoline.
10 Literally, “from the spear.” The hasta or spear was a conventional sign set up to indicate a place where bidding was going on.
11 B.C. 184
12 I have given the names as they stand in the text. It is not impossible that the praenomina of the Fulvii have been interchanged.
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