De Lingua Latina
M. Terentius Varro
Cornelius et Lutatius scribunt eum locum esse fulguritum et ex S. C. septum esse: id quod factum esset a Curtio consule, cui M. Genucius fuit collega, Curtium appellatum.
Cornelius and Lutatius write that this place was struck by lightning, and by decree of the senate was fenced in: because this was done by the consul Curtius, who had M. Genucius as his colleague, it was called the Lacus Curtius.
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from M. Terentius Varro: On the Latin Language (Volume I. Books 5-7), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 333, translated by Roland G. Kent, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1934, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.