The speech of Camillus is said to have moved them, particularly where he touched upon religion; but the doubtful issue was resolved by a word [p. 187]
that was let fall in the nick of time. It was1
while the senate, a little later, was deliberating about these matters in the Curia Hostilia; some cohorts returning from guard-duty were marching through the Forum, and as they came to the Comitium a centurion cried out, “Standard-bearer, fix your ensign; here will be our best place to remain.”
Hearing this sentence the senators came out from the Curia and shouted their acceptance of the omen, and the commons gathering round them signified approval. The bill was then rejected, and people began in a random fashion to rebuild the City.
The state supplied tiles, and granted everybody the right to quarry stone and to hew timber where he liked, after giving security for the completion of the structures within that year.
In their haste men were careless about making straight the streets, and paying no attention to their own and others' rights, built on the vacant spaces.
This is the reason that the ancient sewers, which were at first conducted through the public ways, at present frequently run under private dwellings, and the appearance of the City is like one where the ground has been appropriated rather than divided.