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So, then, Marius, filled with high hopes, we are told, by this speech of Scipio in particular, as if it were a divine utterance in prophecy, set out upon a political career, and was made tribune of the people 1 with the assistance of Caecilius Metellus, of whose house he had always been an hereditary adherent.

1 In 119 B.C., at the age of thirty-eight.

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