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Three as a magic number in Latin Literature

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Vol. xlvii] Three as a Magic Number in Latin Literature

By Professor EUGENE TAVENNER
MIDDLE TENNESSEE NORMAL SCHOOL

To one who is investigating the subject of magic among the Romans few references to magical details seem so per- sistently repeated as those concerning the number three. It is my desire, therefore, to present in this paper all the pas- sages referring to three as a magic number that I have been able to find in the literature of Rome up to the beginning of the fourth century of our era, with some additional illustrative material drawn from a later date. 1

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