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Cotta et Torquato: consuls B.C. 65, the year in which Catiline first intended to carry out his conspiracy.

aera: the laws were engraved on bronze tables.

ille . . . Romulas: there is a bronze statue of the wolf suckling the infants in the Capitoline Museum at Rome, which bears marks either of lightning seaming one of its hind legs, or of some defect in the casting (Fig. 36). This is probably identical with that here mentioned.

haruspices: see note on p. 130, l. 14.

flexissent: in direct disc. flexerint, following appropinquare, which points to the future; ยง 516, d (307, d) ; G. 595; H. 580 (508, 4); cf. H.-B. 582, 1.

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