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[5] For they saw drawn up in front of the enemy fifteen thousand slaves, whom the king's generals had set free by proclamation in the cities and enrolled among the men-at-arms. And a certain Roman centurion is reported to have said that it was only at the Saturnalia,1 so far as he knew, that slaves participated in the general license.

1 The festival of Saturn, a time of general license and mirth, when masters treated their slaves as equals.

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