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In the following year Publicola was consul again, for the fourth time, when there was expectation of a war within the Sabines and Latins combined.1 At the same time also a sort of superstitious terror seized upon the city because all the women who were pregnant were delivered of imperfect offspring, and all births were premature. Wherefore by direction of the Sibylline books, Publicola made propitiatory sacrifices to Pluto, and renewed certain games that had been recommended by Apollo, and after he had thus made the city more cheerful in its mopes and expectations from the gods, he turned his attention to what it feared from men. For their enemies were plainly making great preparations and a powerful league against them.

1 Livy gives a very brief account of this war (ii. 16, 2-6).

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