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[7] Although most of these particulars are related by Fabius and Diodes of Peparethus, who seems to have been the first to publish a ‘Founding of Rome,’ some are suspicious of their fictitious and fabulous quality; but we should not be incredulous when we see what a poet fortune sometimes is, and when we reflect that the Roman state would not have attained to its present power, had it not been of a divine origin, and one which was attended by great marvels.

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