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tertia. . . exacta, about 3 A.M.: the night, from sunset to sunrise, was divided by the Romans into four vigiliae of equal length.

magno comitatu: abl. of accomp.; ยง 413, a (248, a, N.); cf. B. 222, I ; G. 392, R.1; H. 474, 2 (419, I 1); cf. H.-B. 422, i.

res: the occasion of the attack.

ignorabatur, etc. Though the Allobroges had played the conspirators false, and knew that the consul had his plans ready, they did not know what these plans were, and therefore were as much taken by surprise as Volturcius himself. Even the troops would appear not to have known what special enterprise they were engaged in.

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