De Lingua Latina
M. Terentius Varro
Ante hanc Rostra; cuius id vocabulum, ex hostibus capta fixa sunt rostra.
In front of this is the Rostra ' Speaker's Stand' : of which this is the name-- the rostra ' beaks' taken from the enemy's ships have been fastened to it.
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.