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ground that belonged to one L. Petiliiis, a scribe. Two coffins, or chests of stone, were in it, with an inscription in Greek and Latin letters, which said, that Numa Pompilius, the son of Pompo, king of the Romans, lay there. In the one cofhn was nothing found, his body being utterly consumed. In the other were his books, wrapped up in two bundles of wax; of his own constitutions seven, and other seven of philosophy. They were not only uncorrupted, but in a manner fresh and new. The praetor of the city desiring to have a sight of these books, when he perceived whereunto they tended, refused to deliver them back to the owner, and offered to take a solemn oath that they were against the religion then in use. Hereupon, the senate, without more ado, commanded them to be openly burnt. It seems that Numa did mean to acquit himself unto wiser ages, which he thought would follow, as one that had not been so foolish as to believe the doctrine wherein he instructed his own barbarous times. But the poison wherewith he had infected Rome, when he sat in his throne, had not left working when he ministered the antidote out of his grave. Had these books not come to light until the days of Tully and Caesar, when the mist of ignorance was somewhat better discussed, likely it is that they had not only escaped the fire, but wrought some good, (and peradventure general,) effect. Being as it was, they served as a confutation, without remedy, of idolatry that was inveterate.
Numa reigned three and forty years in continual peace. After him, Tullus Hostilius, the third king, was chosen in the six and fortieth year of Manasseh, and reigned two and thirty years, busied, for the most part, in war. He quarrelled with the Albans, who met him in the field; but regard of the danger, which both parties had cause to fear, that might grow unto them from the Tuscans, caused them to bethink themselves of a course, whereby, without effusion of so much blood as might make them too weak for a common enemy, it might be decided who should command and who obey.
There were in each camp three brethren, twins, born at one birth, (Dionysius says that they were cousin-germans,) of equal years and strength, who were appointed to fight for their several countries. The end was, that the Horatii, champions for the Romans, got the victory, though two of them first lost their lives. The three Curiatii, that fought for Alba, (as Livy tells us,) were all alive, and able to fight, yet wounded, when two of their opposites were slain; but the third Horatius, pretending fear, did run away, and thereby drew the others, who, by reason of their hurts, could not follow him with equal speed, to follow him at such distance one from another, that, returning upon them, he slew them, as it had been in single fight, man after man, ere they could join together, and set upon him all at once. J)ionysius reports it somewhat otherwise, telling very particularly what wounds were given and taken, and saying, that first one of the Horatii was slain, then one of the Curiatii, then a second Horatius, and lastly the two Curiatii, whom the third Horatius did cunningly sever the one from the other, as is shewed before.
This is one of the most memorable things in the old Roman history, both in regard of the action itself, wherein Rome was laid, as it were in wager, against Alba, and in respect of the great increase which thereby the Roman state obtained. For the city of Alba did immediately become subject unto her own colony, and was shortly after, upon some treacherous dealing of their governor, utterly razed; the people being removed unto Rome, where they were made citizens. The strong nation of the Latins, whereof Alba, as the mother city, had been chief, became, ere long, dependent upon Rome, though not subject unto it, and divers petty states adjacent, were by little and little taken in; which additions, that were small, yet many, I will forbear to rehearse, (as being the works of sundry ages, and few of them remarkable, considered apart by themselves,) until such times as this fourth empire, that is now in the infancy, shall grow to be the main subject of this history.
The seventh year of Hippomenes in Athens, was current with the first of Manasseh. Also the three last governors for ten years, who followed Hippomenes, were in the same king's time. Of these I find only the names, Leocrates, Apsander, and Erizias. After Efizias yearly rulers were elected.
These governors for ten years were also of the race of Medon and Codrus, but their time of rule was shortened, and from term of life reduced unto ten years; it being thought likely that they would govern the better, when they knew that they were afterwards to live private men under the command of others. I follow Dionysius of Halicarnassus *, in applying their times unto years of the Olympiads, wherein the chronological table, following this work, doth set them. For he not only professeth himself to have taken great care in ordering the reckoning of times; but hath noted always the years of the Greeks, how they did answer unto the kings of Rome, throughout all the continuance of his history. Whereas, therefore, he placeththe building of Rome in the first year of the seventh Olympiad, and affirms, that the same was the first year of Charop's government in Athens; I hope I shall not need excuse, for varying from Pausanias, who sets the beginning of these Athenians somewhat sooner.
In the reign of Manasseh it was, that Midas, whom the poets feigned to have had asses ears, held the kingdom of Phrygia. Many fables were devised of him; especially that he obtained of Bacchus, as a great gift, that all things which he should touch might immediately be turned into gold; by which.
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means he had like to have been starved, (his meat and drink being subject to the same transformation,) had not Bacchus delivered him from this miserable faculty, by causing him to wash himself in the river
sooth, abounded in that precious metal. Finally, it is said, he died by drinking bulls blood, being invaded by the Scythians*
In this age flourished that Antimachus, who, (saith Plutarch in the life of Romulus,) observed the moon's eclipse at the foundation of Rome.
The Milesians, or, (as Eusebius hath it,) the Athenians, having obtained some power by sea, founded Mack-ratis a city on the east of Egypt. Psammeticus herein seems to have assisted them, who used all means of drawing the Greeks into Egypt, accounting them his surest strength. For neither Miletus, nor Athens, were now of power sufficient to plant a colony in Egypt by force.
About this time, Archias, with his companion Miscellus, and other Corinthians, founded Syracuse in Sicily J; a city in after-times exceeding famous.
The city of Nicomedia, sometime Astacus 4, was enlarged and beautified in this age, by Zipartes, native of Thrace. Sibylla of Samus, according to Pausanias, lived much about this time.
About these times also was Croton founded upon the bay of Tarentum by Miscellus, the companion of Archias that built Syracuse: Strabo makes it somewhat more ancient, and so doth Pausanias.
About the same time, the Parthenians, being of age, and banished Lacedaemon, were conducted by
ed Tarentum; but Justin and Pausanias 5 find it built it before, and by them conquered and amplified. Also about the same time, Manasseh yet liv
S Plat and Euseb. 4 Whence in Strabo there is sinus Astacenus, a part of Prat pontis where this city itandeth. Paul, 1. T. Hal. 1. iii. Strabo L ti. i Juitia. t iii. Pam. 1. x.
whereof hath ever since, for
ing, the city Phaselis was founded in Pamphylia, Gela in Sicily, Interamne in the region of the Umbri, now called Urbin in Italy. About which time also Chalcedon in Asia, over-against Byzantium, (now Constantinople,) was founded by the Megarenses; who therefore were upbraided as blind, because they chose not the other side of Bosphorus. It were a long work to rehearse all that is said to have been done in the five and fifty years of Manasseh; that which hath already been told is enough; the rest, being not greatly worth remembrance, may well be omitted, reserving only Ben Merodach and Nabulassar to the business that will shortly require more mention of them.