sollemne, annua4 or occurring at regular seasons (see derivation in Vocab.). The adjectives indicate that Milo's journey was undertaken regularly, legally, and of necessity, and hence that the idea that he went out to kill Clodius is absurd. Lanuvium: this was an old town of Latium, about twenty miles southeast of Rome. It contained a temple of Juno Sospita, a local divinity, so famous that, when Lanuvium became a municipium of Rome, this sanctuary was, by special arrangement, received into the Roman religious system. The flamen, or special priest, of Juno Sospita had to be inaugurated by the chief magistrate (dictator) of the municipium. Milo, of Lanuvian origin, a municeps of the town, now held the latter office. dictator: this word, evidently an old name for the highest magistrate of a community, was in Rome applied to an extraordinary magistrate, but in other Italian towns it retained its earlier signification (as here). ita, under such circumstances: an indication that Clodius sacrificed something of importance (namely, his presence at an assembly of the people) in order to lay this ambuscade for Milo. Milo, on the other hand (autem), was going about his regular business, as narrated in what follows.
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