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1 "Quod persequi immensum est æque scilicet quam reliquam cum singulis homiaum societatem." The meaning of this passage is obscure, and extremely doubtful.
2 This is alluded to by Cicero in his letters to Atticus, and is mentioned by Ælian, Anim. Nat. B. vi. c. 41; B. xi. c. 19; and Var. Hist. B. i. c. 11.—B. The same is still said of rats, whence our expression "to rat," i. e. to desert a falling cause.
3 The priests of this college, or augurs, were among the most important public functionaries in the Roman state, both from the rank of the indivi- duals and the political power which they derived from their office.—B. The augurs, or diviners by birds, held the highest rank in the state; but the power of their college greatly declined in the later period of the Roman history. It was finally abolished by the Emperor Theodosius.
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