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The Fourth Age

38 years, the Senators ruled in turn for five days each for a whole year. Numa Pompilius [A.M. 3889 B.C. 715.] After them, Numa Pompilius reigned 41 years: he built the Capitol from its foundations.

A.M. 8308 [4645].

Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, reigned 55 years. For his sins he was carried in fetters to Babylon, but on his repentance and prayers he was restored to his kingdom. Tullus Hostilius Tullus Hostilius, the third king of Rome, reigned 32 years. He was the first of the Roman kings that used the purple and the fasces: he enlarged the city by taking in Mount Cœlius.

A.M. 8810 [4647].

Amon, son of Manasseh, reigned 2 years according to the Hebrew text, 12 according to the Septuagint. The town of Histrus was founded in Pontus. Amon is slain by his servants.

A.M. 8841 [4689].

Josiah Josiah, son of Amon, reigned 81 years. After cleansing Judea and Jerusalem, and having repaired the temple, and removed the pollutions of idolatry, he celebrated the Passover to the Lord with all circumstances of solemnity, in the 28th year of his reign, and having engaged with Necho, king of Ægypt, he is slain in the field of Megiddo, which is now called Maximianopolis. Ancus Martius Ancus Martius, the fourth king of Rome, son of Numa's daughter, reigned 28 years. He added the hills Aventine and Janiculum to the city, and built Ostia on the sea, sixteen miles from the city. After him Tarquinius Priscus Tarquinius Priscus reigned 87 years. He built the Circus, increased the number of the Senate, instituted the Roman games, built the city walls, constructed sewers, and reared the Capitol. In the Hebrew text Josiah is said to have reigned 81 years; in the Septuagint, 32. Eusebius, too, has added another year between his reign and that