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It is said also that Romulus first introduced the consecration of fire, and appointed holy virgins to guard it, called Vestals. Others attribute this institution to Numa,1 although admitting that Romulus was in other ways eminently religious, and they say further that he was a diviner, and carried for purposes of divination the so-called ‘lituus,’ a crooked staff with which those who take auguries from the flight of birds mark out the regions of the heavens.

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