In like manner Numa's fiction was the love which a certain goddess or mountain nymph bore him, arid her secret meetings with him, as already mentioned,1
and his familiar converse with the Muses. For he ascribed the greater part of his oracular teachings to the Muses, and he taught the Romans to pay especial honours to one Muse in particular, whom he called Tacita, that is, the silent
, or speechless one
; thereby perhaps handing on and honouring the Pythagorean precept of silence.