C. Plinius Caecilius
Primas putarem 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. Invenitur statua decreta et Taraciae Gaiae sive Fufetiae virgini Vestali, ut poneretur ubi vellet, quod adiectum non minus honoris habet quam feminae esse decretam. Meritum eius ipsis ponam annalium verbis: quod campum Tiberinum gratificata esset ea populo.
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 Natius, 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. We also find that a decree was passed to erect a statue to a Vestal Virgin named Taracia Gaia or Fufetia to be placed where she wished,' an addition that is as great a compliment as the fact that a statue was decreed in honour of a woman. For the Vestal's services I will quote the actual words of the Annals: ' because she had made a gratuitous present to the nation of the field by the Tiber.'
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.