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When the city was built, in the first place, Romulus divided all the multitude that were of age to bear arms into military companies, each company consisting of three thousand footmen and three hundred horsemen. Such a company was called a ‘legion,’ because the warlike were selected out of all. In the second place, he treated the remainder as a people, and this multitude was called ‘populus’; a hundred of them, who were the most eminent, he appointed to be councillors, calling the individuals themselves ‘patricians,’ and their body a ‘senate.’

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