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Upon the first day of his praetorship, he summoned Quintus Catulus to render an account to the people respecting the repairs to the Capitol;1 proposing a decree for transferring the office of curator to another person.2 But being unable to withstand the strong opposition made by the aristocratical party, whom he perceived quitting, in great numbers, their attendance upon the new consuls,3 and fully resolved to resist his proposal, he dropped the design.
1 The temple of Jupiter Capitolinus was commenced and completed by the Tarquins, kings of Rome, but not dedicated till the year after their expulsion, when that honour devolved on M. Horatius Fulvillus, the first of the consuls. Having been burnt down during the civil wars, A.U.C. 670, Sylla restored it on the same foundations, but did not live to consecrate it.
2 Meaning Pompey; not so much for the sake of the office, as having his name inserted in the inscription recording the repairs of the Capitol, instead of Catulus. The latter, however, secured the honour, and his niame is still seen inscribed in an apartment at the Capitol, as its restorer.
3 It being the calends of January, the first day of the year, on which the magistrates solemnly entered on their offices, surrounded by their friends.
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