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[3] Many of his other precepts also resembled those of the Pythagoreans. For instance, the Pythagoreans said: ‘Don't use a quart-measure as a seat’; ‘Don't poke the fire with a sword’; ‘When you set out for foreign parts, don't turn back’; and ‘To the celestial gods sacrifice an odd number, but an even number to the terrestrial’; and the meaning of all these precepts they would keep hidden from the vulgar. So in some of Numa's rules the meaning is hidden; as, for instance, ‘Don't offer to the gods wine from unpruned vines’ ; ‘Don't make a sacrifice without meal’; ‘Turn round as you worship’; and ‘Sit down after worship.’

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