De Republica

M. Tullius Cicero

...eademque mente P. Valerius et fasces primus demitti iussit, cum dicere in contione coepisset, et aedis suas detulit sub Veliam, posteaquam, quod in excelsiore loco Veliae coepisset aedificare eo ipso, ubi rex Tullus habitaverat, suspicionem populi sensit moveri.

Another manifestation of the same spirit was the institution by Publius Valerius of the custom of ordering the rods to be lowered when he began to speak before the people; also the fact that he moved the site of his house to the foot of the Velian Hill when he noticed that popular suspicion was aroused because he had begun to build on the very spot on the top of that hill where King Tullius had resided.

Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from M. Tullius Cicero: Volume XVI. On the Republic. On the Laws, Loeb Classical Library Vol. 213, translated by Clinton W. Keyes, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1928, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.