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According to Livy (i. 15, 8), a bodyguard of 300 chosen by Romulus to attend him in peace and war. Livy leaves it uncertain whether they were cavalry or infantry. According to some accounts (cf. Dionys. ii. 13, 16, 29) they were infantry; while according to others (id. ii. 64) they included both, or were only cavalry. The last view is that which has been usually taken.

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    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 1, 15
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