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[2] Wherefore, although he was still a youth, he received garlands and prizes from his commanders, and since he grew in repute, the people appointed him curule aedile,1 and the priests, augur. This is a species of priesthood, to which the law particularly assigns the observation and study of prophetic signs from the flight of birds.

1 Literally, aedile of the more illustrious class, i.e. patrician, in distinction from plebeian, aedile.

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