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vero: introducing, as usual, a strong case.

comitatus, body-guards, which would seem to have been a common thing among these gentlemen of Rome, as among the partisan chieftains of the Middle Ages.

volunt, mean.

adripuimus, caught; hausimus, imbibed; expressimus, wrought out; imbuti, steeped.

ut . . . esset, purpose clause after lex (a word of decreeing).

incidisset: in the words of the lex, - incident.

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