C. Plinius Caecilius
Primas utarem has et Atti Navi, positas aetate Tarquinii Prisci, ni regum antecedentium essent in Capitolio, ex iis Romuli et Tatii sine tunica, sicut et Camilli in rostris. Et ante aedem Castorum fuit Q. Marci Tremuli equestris togata, qui Samnites bis devicerat captaque Anagnia populum stipendio liberaverat. Inter antiquissimas sunt et Tulli Cloeli, L. Rosci, Sp. Nauti, C. Fulcini in rostris, a Fidenatibus in legatione interfectorum. Hoc a re p. tribui solebat iniuria caesis, sicut aliis et P. Iunio, Ti. Coruncanio, qui ab Teuta Illyriorum regina interfecti erant. Non omittendum videtur, quod annales adnotavere, tripedaneas iis statuas in foro statutas; haec videlicet mensura honorata tunc erat. Non praeteribo et Cn. Octavium ob unum SC. verbum. Hic regem Antiochum daturum se responsum dicentem virga, quam tenebat forte, circumscripsit priusque, quam egrederetur circulo illo, responsum dare coegit. In qua legatione interfecto senatus statuam poni iussit quam oculatissimo loco eaque est in rostris.
I should think these statues and that of Attus Navius, all erected in the period of Tarquinius Priscus, were the first, if it were not for the statues on the Capitol of the kings who reigned before him, among them the figures of Romulus and Tatius without the tunic, as also that of Camillus on the Beaked Platform. Also there was in front of the temple of the Castors an equestrian statue of Quintus Marcius Tremulus, wearing a toga; he had twice vanquished the Samnites, and by taking Anagni delivered the nation from payment of war-tax. Among the very old statues are also those at the Platform of Tullus Cloelius, Lucius Roscius, Spurius Nautius, and Gaius Fulcinius, all assassinated by the people of Fidenae when on an embassy to them. It was the custom for the state to confer this honour on those who had been wrongfully put to death, as among others Publius Junius and Titus Coruncanius, who had been killed by Teuta the Queen of the Illyrians. It would seem not to be proper to omit the fact noted by the annals that the statues of these persons, erected in the forum, were three feet in height, showing that this was the scale of these marks of honour in those days. I will not pass over the case of Gnaeus Octavius also, because of a single word that occurs in a Decree of the Senate. When King Antiochus IV said he intended to answer him, Octavius with the stick he happened to be holding in his hand drew a line all round him and compelled him to give his answer before he stepped out of the circle. And as Octavius was killed while on this embassy, the senate ordered a statue to be erected to him ' in the spot most eyed' and that statue stands on the Platform.
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from C. Plinius Caecilius: Natural History (Volume IX. Books 33-35), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 394, translated by H. Rackham, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1952, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.