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Spurīnus, Q. Petillius

A Roman who was Praetor Urbanus in B.C. 181, in which year the books of King Numa Pompilius are said to have been discovered upon the estate of one L. Petillius. Spurinus obtained possession of the books, and upon his representation to the Senate that they ought not to be read and preserved, the Senate ordered them to be burned. (See Numa.) Spurinus was consul in B.C. 176, and fell in battle against the Ligurians.

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