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According to tradition, when the Capitol was founded by King Tarquin, the god Terminus (who presided over boundries and was represented by a large stone) rfused to yield his place to Jupiter. The augurs interpreted this as a sign that the boundaries of Roman power would never recede...but though Terminus resisted the majesty of Jupiter, he submitted to the authority of the emperor Hadrian [who gave up all the eastern conquests of the emperor Trajan as the first measure of his reign]. See Gibbon: The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire.