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[6] Some say that this really happened to Marius; but others say that those who heard the story from him at this time and during the rest of his flight, believed it, and recorded it, though it was wholly fabulous. For, they say, an eagle does not lay more than two eggs at one time, and Musaeus also was wrong when, speaking of the eagle, he says:
Three indeed she layeth, and two hatcheth, but one only doth she feed.
1 However, that Marius, during his flight and in his extremest difficulties, often said that he should attain to a seventh consulship, is generally admitted.

1 Fragment 21 (Kinkel, Ep. Graec. Frag. , p. 229).

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