Numa, upon taking over the rule, did not disturb the individual hearths of the curiae, but erected one common to them all in the space between the Capitoline and the Palatine (for these hills had already been united by a single wall into one city, and the Forum, in which the temple is built, lies between them), and he enacted, in accordance with the ancestral custom of the Latins, that the guarding of the holy things should be committed to virgins.
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from Dionysius of Halicarnassus: Roman Antiquities (Volume I: Books 1-2.), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 319, translated by Earnest Carey, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1937, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.