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1 On the decline of religion and scruple, cf. III. xx. 5 and X. xl. 10, and the note; restoration of former religious observances was one of the objectives of Augustus, and he served on several priestly boards. Prodigies were noted in later times (cf. e.g., Tacitus, Annals XIII. lviii; XIV. xii; Suetonius, Gaius lvii) if not officially reported.
2 B.C. 169
3 I.e., the Quirinal, as distinguished from another temple on the Capitol.
4 This was an ornamental basin in the floor at the centre of the atrium, or principal room, which caught rain entering through the central opening of the roof (compluvium).
5 Fregellae was a Latin colony, therefore legally autonomous, and its territory not Roman; Minturnae was a Roman colony, hence part of Rome; Anagnia was either subject territory, or its inhabitants had been granted Roman citizenship; Cumae and Reate were “allied states” (civitates foederatae), but their territory was evidently regarded as part of the Roman domain (ager publicus).
6 B.C. 169
7 Probably of laurel; wreath-wearing was a mark of especially earnest supplication in time of emergency, cf. XXXIV. Iv. 4, XXXVI. xxxvii. 5, XL. xxxvii. 3.
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