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1 That the Aemilii were one of the ancient and patrician houses at Rome, most writers agree. And that the first of them, and the one who gave his surname to the family, was Mamercus, a son of Pythagoras the philosopher, who received the surname of Aemilius for the grace 2 and charm of his discourse, is the statement of some of those writers who hold that Pythagoras was the educator of Numa the king. 3

1 The first chapter has been transposed to serve as Introduction to both the Timoleon and theAemilius Paulus.

2 Plutarch suggests the identity of the Latin Aemilius with the Greek αἱμύλιος (winning). Cf. Odyssey, i. 56.

3 See the Numa, i. 2 f.

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