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History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) by Livy
Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Content of Book XIV[277 - 272 BC]
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Content of Book XIV. 277 - 272 BC

Pyrrhus crosses over into Sicily.

[277 BC.]

Many prodigies, among which, the statue of Jupiter in the Capitol is struck by lightning, and thrown down.

[276 BC.]

The head of it afterwards found by the priests. Curius Dentatus, holding a levy, puts up to sale the goods of a person who refuses to answer to his name when called upon.

[ 275 BC.]

Pyrrhus, after his return from Sicily, is defeated, and compelled to quit Italy. The censors hold a lustrum, and find the number of the citizens to be two hundred and sevent - one thousand two hundred and twenty-four.

[273 BC.]

A treaty of alliance formed with Ptolemy, king of Egypt. Sextilia, a vestal, found guilty of incest, and buried alive. Two colonies sent forth, to Posidonium and Cossa.

[272 BC.]

A Carthaginian fleet sails, in aid of the Tarentines, by which act the treaty is violated. Successful operations against the Lucanians, the Samnites, and the Bruttians. Death of king Pyrrhus.

Events: Pyrrhus in Sicily, Lightning in Rome, Pyrrhus defeated, Alliance with Ptolemy II of Egypt, Sextilia, a Vestal, condemned, Carthaginians help Tarentines, War with Lucanians of 272 BC, War with Samnites of 272 BC, War with Bruttians of 272 BC

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Lustrum:Lustrum, or expiation. The last act of the censors during their period of office was to offer an expiatory sacrifice for the whole people. On the appointed day the citizens assembled in military formation in the Campus Martius. The victims, a boar, a ram, and a bull -- hence the name of the sacrifice, suovetaurilia" -- were carried thrice round the assembled host, who were then declared "purified," and whilst the animals were being offered on the altar, the censor to whom the lot had fallen of conducting the ceremony recited a traditional form of prayer for the strengthening and extension of the might of the Roman people. As the censor's office was originally fixed for five years, "lustrum" was used to denote that period of time.