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The people left in the city dreaded the violence of the senators; the senators dreaded the people remaining in the city, uncertain whether they should prefer them to stay or to depart; but how long would the multitude which had seceded remain quiet? What were to be the consequences if in the meantime any foreign war should break out? They certainly considered no hope left save in the concord of the citizens; this should be restored to the state by fair or by unfair means. It was resolved therefore that there should be sent as ambassador to the people Menenius Agrippa, an eloquent man, and one who was a favorite with the people, because he derived his origin from them.

2 then seized the senators lest, if the army should be dismissed, secret meetings and conspiracies would be renewed; accordingly, though the levy had been held by the dictator, yet supposing that, as they had sworn obedience to the consuls, the soldiers were bound by their oath, they ordered the legions to be led out of the city under the pretext of hostilities being renewed by the Aequi; by which proceeding the sedition was hastened. And it is said that at first it was in contemplation to put the consuls to death, that they might be discharged from their oath; but that being afterwards informed that no religious obligation could be dissolved by a criminal act, they retired by the advice of one Sicinius, without the orders of the consuls, to the Sacred Mount, beyond the river Anio, three miles from the city: this account is more generally accepted than that which Piso gives, that the secession was made to the Aventine.

The people could not withstand the tears of the father or the resolution of the son, so undaunted in every danger; and acquitted him more through admiration of his bravery, than for the justice of his cause. s-6. ), and was certainly very ancient, though not all the precise details given below can be trusted; the property valuations in asses (a weight of copper) are certainly later, as in primitive Rome wealth was reckoned by cattle and sheep (see No. 16). In ancient times a citizen called up for military service had to provide his own arms and armor, and the draft was therefore graduated according to the wealth of the citizens.

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