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Chapter 4

Answer to Exercise 4.4

In the same year the temple of Juno at Lacinia had its roof removed. The censor Quintus

Fulvius was constructing a temple to Fortune, with the plan that no other in Rome would be

more splendid. Thinking he would add a great mark of distinction if the tiles were of marble,

he set out to Lacinia and removed half of the roof of the temple of Juno; he thought this

would be enough to cover his new temple. Ships were got ready to take the tiles on board and

transport them to Rome. After the censor returned, the tiles were unloaded from the ships and

carried to the temple. Although no-one dared to say where they were from, it nonetheless

could not be hidden. A commotion therefore arose in the senate-house: from all sides there

were demands that the consuls should refer that matter to the senate. Indeed when the censor

had been summoned and come into the senate-house, they all accused him much more

strongly when he was present in person: they said that he had removed the roof of – and

almost destroyed – the most famous temple of that region, which not Pyrrhus, not Hanniabal

had violated. Finally, they all came to the opinion that those tiles should be carried back to

Lacinia and put back onto the temple of Juno.


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