Statuae in Rostris

Richardson, L. jr

Statuae in Rostris: honorary statues erected in honor of those who had perished while on missions on behalf of the state. Pliny (Pliny HN 34.23-24) lists the following: Tullius Cloelius, L. Roscius, Sp. Nautius, and C. Fulcinius, the four ambassadors murdered by the Fidenates in 438 B.C.; P. Iunius and Ti. Coruncanius, killed by Teuta, queen of the Illyrians, in 230 B.C.; and Cn. Octavius, killed while on an embassy to Antiochus IV in 162 B.C. All these were three-foot, or half-life-size, statues, and Pliny speaks of them as still existing in his day. To these should be added the equestrian statues of Sulla, Pompey, Julius Caesar, and Octavian, voted by the senate for other reasons (Vell. Pat. 2.61.2-3), and that of Ser. Sulpicius Rufus, who died while on a mission to Antony in 43 B.C. (Cicero Phil. 9.7; Dig [Pomponius]), the last still on view in the time of Hadrian.

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