Quirites, sons of Quirinus, an ancient god worshipped by the Sabines on the Quirinal. Livy in AUC I.13 explains that, upon the union of the Sabines and the Romans into a single state, they called the civic populace Quirites, after the Sabine town of Cures. Ovid in Fasti 2.476-480 repeats this explanation and adds an alternative possible derivation from the Sabine word curis, meaning spear. In modern times the name has been linked to a reconstructed Latin form *co-viri-um or "assembly of the men." Certainly, Quirites is what the Romans called themselves when addressing each other as "citizen men," without reference to class or rank.