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Romulus buried Remus, together with his foster-fathers, in the Remonia,1 and then set himself to building his city, after summoning from Tuscany men who prescribed all the details in accordance with certain sacred ordinances and writings, and taught them to him as in a religious rite. A circular trench was dug around what is now the Comitium,2 and in this were deposited first-fruits of all things the use of which was sanctioned by custom as good and by nature as necessary; and finally, every man brought a small portion of the soil of his native land, and these were cast in among the first-fruits and mingled with them.

1 See chapter ix. 4.

2 A space adjoining the forum where the people met in assembly. The mundus, or augural centre of the city, was really on thePalatine.

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