Numa Pompilius in Roman Biography

Nu'ma Pom-pil'i-us, the second king of Rome, celebrated in Roman legends or fables as the author of the religious ceremonies of the Romans. According to these legends, Numa was a Sabine, and was elected king as successor to Romulus. Instructed by the Camena Egeria, he prescribed the rites of public worship, and appointed pontiffs, augurs, flainens, and vestals. His reign was pacific and prosperous. There was a prevalent tradition among the ancients that Numa derived his wisdom from Pythagoras. See Plutarch, " Lives;" Nihbuhr, " Romische Geschichte ," J. Meyer, " Delineatio Vita? Numse Pompilii," 1765.

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