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Arhis catenisque Sectione dignis Auctoribus et Verborum
sume nda copia est, et tarietas higurarum et componendi Ratio, a
tum ad (remplumVirtutum ommium · Mens dirigenda : neque enim
dubitari potest quin Artis pars magna contineatur IMITATIONE. --quin

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ELEGANT EXTRACTS

IN PROS E.

BOOK THE THIRD. ORATIONS, CHARACTERS, AND LETTERS.

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to receive appeals from the courts of justice, to abrogate and enact laws, to make what alterations in the fate they judged convenient; in short, all matters, public or private, foreign or domeftic, civil, military, or religious,

were determined by them. Whenever there was occasion to deli

berate, the people assembled early in the morning, sometimes in the forum or public place, sometimes in a place called Pnyx, but most frequently in the theatre of Bacchus. A few days before each affembly there was a Προγραμμα Οr Placart fixed on the ftatues of some illustrious men erected in the city, to give notice of the subject to be debated. As they refused admittance into the assembly to all persons who had not attained the neceffary age, so they obliged all others to attend. The Lexiarchs stretched out a cord dyed with scarlet, and by it pushed the people towards the place of meeting. Such as received the stain were fined; the more diligent had a small pecaniary reward. These Lexiarchs were the keepers of the regifter, in which were inrolled the names of such citizens as had a right of voting. And all had this right who were of age, and not excluded by a personal fault. Undutiful chil. dren, cowards, brutal debauchees, prodigals, debtors to the public, were all excluded. Until the time of Cecrops, women had a right of suffrage, which

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