P. Ovidius Naso
quae nunc aere vides, stipula tum tecta videres,
et paries lento vimine textus erat.hic locus exiguus, qui sustinet Atria Vestae,
tunc erat intonsi regia magna Numae.forma tamen templi, quae nunc manet, ante fuisse
dicitur, et formae causa probanda subest.
The buildings which now you see roofed with bronze you might then have seen roofed with thatch, and the walls were woven of tough osiers. This little spot, which now supports the Hall of Vesta, was then the great palace of unshorn Numa. Yet the shape of the temple, as it now exists, is said to have been its shape of old, and it is based on a sound reason.
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from P. Ovidius Naso: Volume V. Fasti, Loeb Classical Library Vol. 253, translated by J.G. Frazer, revised G.P. Goold, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1931, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.