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1 Cf. XXXIV. xliv. 4.
2 This ceremony was the formal sacrifice and prayer which marked the completion of the censors' tasks. The lustrum was also the five-year period of the censors' term; it was customary for them to finish their business in a year and a half and thereafter to be inactive.
3 While the MSS. give the number thus, some editors follow Pighius in prefixing an additional C to the numeral. The census reported in XXIX. xxxvii. 6 showed a population of 214,000 in 204 B.C.; in 188 B.C. (XXXVIII. xxxvi. 10) it was 258,318. The fluctuation is so great that the emendation is probably correct. I have, however, kept the reading of the MSS. despite the fact that numerals are notoriously liable to corruption.
4 B.C. 193
5 The Sibylline Books, as often: cf. XXXI. xii. 9 and the note.
6 Two temples to Victoria are known, one on the Capitoline, one on the Palatine. Which is meant here is uncertain, and there is no other reference to Victoria Virgo. There is no record of the vow here mentioned.
7 This is probably the colony authorized in agrum Thurinum (XXXIV. liii. I), where the same commissioners are named.
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