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1 "Heres." The person was so called who succeeded to the property, whether real or personal, of an intestate.
2 See B. xvii. c. 3, where he quotes this passage from Cicero at length. It appears to be from De Orat. B. iii. c. 69. Both Cicero and Pliny profess to find a smell that arises from the earth itself, through the agency of the sun. But, as Fée remarks, pure earth is perfectly inodorous. He suggests, however, that this odour attributed by the ancients to the earth, may in reality have proceeded from the fibrous roots of thyme and other plants. If such is not the real solution, it seems impossible to suggest any other.
3 By giving preference to the more simple odours.
5 Or "thick" unguent.
6 We learn from Athenæus, and a passage in the Aulularia of Plautus, that this was done long before Nero's time, among the Greeks.
7 Who succeeded Galba. He was one of Nero's favourite companions in his debaucheries.
10 After victories, for instance, or when marching orders were given.
11 This is said in bitter irony.
12 Sub casside.
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