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[5] When he had reached Pictae,1 he was met by a deputation from the city, which begged him not to advance to an immediate attack, since the senate had voted that he should have all his rights; he therefore agreed to encamp there, and ordered his officers to measure out the ground, as was usual, for the camp, so that the deputation returned to the city believing that he would do so. But no sooner were they gone than he sent forward Lucius Basillus and Caius Mummius, who seized for him the city-gate and the walls on the Esquiline hill; then he himself followed hard after them with all speed.

1 A place of public entertainment a few miles south of Rome (Strabo, v. 3, 9). The name has been substituted for the Picinae of the best MS., about which nothing is known.

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