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[2] On these terms the dice were thrown, first for the god, then for himself, when it appeared that he had lost. Wishing to keep faith, and thinking it right to abide by the contract, he prepared a banquet for the god, and engaging Larentia, who was then in the bloom of her beauty, but not yet famous,1 he feasted her in the temple, where he had spread a couch, and after the supper locked her in, assured of course that the god would take possession of her.

1 In Morals, p. 273 a, she is called a public courtezan.

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