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Druids rebus divinibus intersunt, sacrificia publica ac private procurant,
religiones interpretantur: ad hos magnus numerus adulescentium discendi
causa concurrit, magnoque hi sunt apud eos honore.
rebus divinis (l.1): which holy things are they
presiding over?
· sacrifices (sacrificia l.1)
· Explaining religious matter (religiones interpretantur l.1-2)
Whom is Caesar talking about?
· Druids, Celtic priests
magnus adulescentium numerus (l.2): who are these
young men?
· Students, disciples
How are the Druids considered by the people?
· With great honour (magnoque hi sunt apud eos honore)…read more

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si quis aut privatus aut publicus eorum decreto non stetit, sacrificiis
interdicunt: haec poena apud eos est gravissima.
l.7-8 How do they establish their power?
· They forbid sacrifices (sacrificiis interdicunt)…read more

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ei quibus ita interdictum est numero impiorum ac scelestrorum habentur; eis
omnes decedunt, aditum sermonemque fugiunt, ne quid ex contagione
incommodi accipiant; neque eis petentibus ius redditur neque honos ullus
datur.
ei quibus ita interdictum (l.9): what, in
lines 8 to 11, are the consequences of
being forbidden to take part in
sacrifices?
· Considered wicked and criminal (impiorum ac
scelestrorum habentur l.9)
· Everyone avoids them (eis omnes decedunt l.10)
· People avoid their conversation (sermonem
defugiunt l.11-12)…read more

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his autem omnibus Druidibus praeest unus, qui summam inter
eos habet auctoritatem.
Are all Druids equal? (l.13-14)
· No, one is the leader…read more

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hoc mortuo, aut si qui ex reliquis excellit dignitate succedit, aut, si sunt multi
pares, suffragio Druidum, nonnumquam etiam armis, de principatu
contendunt.
What happens when the leader dies?
· If one is outstanding, he inherits the position (si qui
ex reliquis excellit dignitate succedit l.15)
· They vote (suffragio l.16)
· They fight in duel (armis l.16)…read more

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