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Scipio is the only person that ever received from the Roman people the honour of being decked with flowers. This Scipio received the surname of Serapio,1 from his remarkable resemblance to a certain person of that name who dealt in pigs. He died in his tribuneship, greatly beloved by the people, and in every way worthy of the family of the Africani. The property he left was not sufficient to pay the expenses of his burial; upon which the people made a subscription and contracted2 for his funeral, flowers being scattered upon the body from every possible quarter3 as it was borne along.

1 See B. vii. c. 10.

2 "Funus elocavit."

3 "E prospectu omni." "From every look-out:" i.e. from the roofs, doors, and windows.

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