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67. Therefore, when you urge against us that we turn away from the religion38673867    So the later edd., reading aversionem ex (LB., and preceding edd. a) religione for the ms. et religionem—“against us the hatred and religion of past ages.” of past ages, it is fitting that you should examine why it is done, not what is done, and not set before you what we have left, but observe especially what we have followed. For if it is a fault or crime to change an opinion, and pass from ancient customs to new conditions and desires, this accusation holds against you too, who have so often changed your habits and mode of life, who have gone over to other customs and ceremonies, so that you are condemned by38683868    Lit,, “with the condemnation of.” past ages as well as we. Do you indeed have the people distributed into five38693869    This shows that the division of the people into classes was obsolete in the time of Arnobius. classes, as your ancestors once had? Do you ever elect magistrates by vote of the people? Do you know what military, urban, 460and common38703870    Turnebus has explained this as merely another way of saying the comitia centuriata, curiata and tributa. comitia are? Do you watch the sky, or put an end to public business because evil omens are announced? When you are preparing for war,38713871    So the edd. reading cum paratis bella (Oehler reads reparantes) for the ms. reparatis. do you hang out a flag from the citadel, or practise the forms of the Fetiales, solemnly38723872    i.e., per clarigationem, the solemn declaration of war, if restitution was not made within thirty-three days. demanding the return of what has been carried off? or, when encountering the dangers of war, do you begin to hope also, because of favourable omens from the points of the spears?38733873    This seems the most natural way to deal with the clause et ex acuminibus auspicatis, looking on the last word as an adjective, not a verb, as most edd. seem to hold it. There is great diversity of opinion as to what this omen was. In entering on office, do you still observe the laws fixing the proper times? with regard to gifts and presents to advocates, do you observe the Cincian and the sumptuary laws in restricting your expenses? Do you maintain fires, ever burning, in gloomy sanctuaries?38743874    The ms. reads in penetralibus et coliginis. LB., followed by Orelli, merely omits et, as above while the first five edd. read in pen. Vestæ ignis—“do you maintain the hearths of Vesta’s fire.” Many other readings and many explanations of the passage are also proposed. Do you consecrate tables by putting on them salt-cellars and images of the gods? When you marry, do you spread the couch with a toga, and invoke the genii of husbands? do you arrange the hair of brides with the hasta cælibaris? do you bear the maidens’ garments to the temple of Fortuna Virginalis? Do your matrons work in the halls of your houses, showing their industry openly do they refrain from drinking wine? are their friends and relations allowed to kiss them, in order to show that they are sober and temperate?


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