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Why on the festival called Septimontium1 were they careful to refrain from the use of horsedrawn vehicles ; and why even to this day are those who do not contemn ancient customs still careful about this? The festival Septimontium they observe in commemoration of the addition to the city of the seventh hill, by which Rome was made a city of seven hills. [p. 107]

Is it, as some of the Roman writers conceive, because the city had not yet been completely joined together in all its parts?

Or has this ‘nothing to do with Dionysus2? But did they imagine, when their great task of consolidation had been accomplished, that the city had now ceased from further extension ; and they rested themselves, and gave respite to the pack-animals, which had helped them in their labours, and afforded the animals an opportunity to enjoy the general festival with no work to do?

Or did they wish that the presence of the citizens should adorn and honour every festival always, and, above all, that one which was held in commemoration of the consolidation of the city? Wherefore in order that they might not leave the City, in whose honour the festival was being held, it was not permitted to make use of vehicles on that day.

1 On this festival see J. B. Carter, American Journal of Archaeology (2nd Series), xii. pp. 172 ff.; H. Last in the Cambridge Ancient History, vol. vii. pp. 355 ff.

2 ‘Nothing to do with the case’: cf. Moralia, 615 a, and Lucian, Dionysus, 5, with Harmon's note (L.C.L. vol. i. p. 55); see also Moralia 388 e and 612 e.

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