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Pliny The Younger, Letters, 9.39


nanTo Mustius: I have been warned by the haruspices to put into better repair and enlarge the temple of Ceres, which stands on my estate, as it is very old and cramped for room, and on one day in the year attracts great crowds of people. For on the Ides of September all the population of the country-side flocks thither; much business is transacted, many vows are registered and paid, but there is no place near where people can take refuge either from storm or heat. I think, therefore, that I shall be showing my generosity, and at the same time display my piety, if I rebuild the temple as handsomely as possible and add to it a portico, the former for the use of the goddess, the latter for the people who attend there. So I should like you to buy me four columns of any kind of marble you think fit, as well as sufficient marble for the pavement and walls. I shall also have to get made or buy a statue of the goddess, for the old one, which was made of wood, has lost some of its limbs through age. As for the portico, I don't think there is anything that I need ask you for at present, unless it be that you should sketch me a plan to suit the situation of the place. The portico cannot be carried all round the temple, inasmuch as on one side of the floor of the building there is a river with very steep banks, and on the other there runs a road. Beyond the road, there is a spacious meadow which would be a very suitable place to build the portico, as it is right opposite the temple, unless you can think of a better plan - you who make a practice of overcoming natural difficulties by your professional skill. Farewell.


nanTo Mustius. I have been warned by the haruspices to put into better repair and enlarge the temple of Ceres, which stands on my estate, as it is very old and cramped for room, and on one day in the year attracts great crowds of people. For on the Ides of September all the population of the country-side flocks thither; much business is transacted, many vows are registered and paid, but there is no place near where people can take refuge either from storm or heat. I think, therefore, that I shall be showing my generosity, and at the same time display my piety, if I rebuild the temple as handsomely as possible and add to it a portico, the former for the use of the goddess, the latter for the people who attend there. So I should like you to buy me four columns of any kind of marble you think fit, as well as sufficient marble for the pavement and walls. I shall also have to get made or buy a statue of the goddess, for the old one, which was made of wood, has lost some of its limbs through age. As for the portico, I don't think there is anything that I need ask you for at present, unless it be that you should sketch me a plan to suit the situation of the place. The portico cannot be carried all round the temple, inasmuch as on one side of the floor of the building there is a river with very steep banks, and on the other there runs a road. Beyond the road, there is a spacious meadow which would be a very suitable place to build the portico, as it is right opposite the temple, unless you can think of a better plan - you who make a practice of overcoming natural difficulties by your professional skill. Farewell.


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1. Cicero, De Domo Sua, 130 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

130. ego haec a Chrysogono mea sponte remoto Sex. Roscio quaero, primum qua re civis optimi bona venierint, deinde qua re hominis eius qui neque proscriptus neque proscriptus Hotoman: om. codd. neque apud adversarios occisus est bona venierint venierunt ς α ω , cum cum quin πχ1ψ in eos solos lex scripta sit, deinde qua re aliquanto post eam diem venierint quae dies in lege praefinita est, deinde deinde denique Halm cur tantulo venierint. quae omnia si, quem ad modum solent liberti nequam et improbi facere, in patronum suum voluerit conferre, nihil egerit; nemo est enim qui nesciat propter magnitudinem rerum multa multos partim improbante partim imprudente partim improbante scripsi: om. codd. : partim invito Madvig : partim conivente Ascens. (1) L. Sulla commisisse.
2. Cicero, Republic, 5.1-5.2 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5.1. August. C.D. 2.21,Non. 417M Ennius Moribus antiquis res stat Romana virisque, quem quidem ille versum vel brevitate vel veritate tamquam ex oraculo mihi quodam esse effatus videtur. Nam neque viri, nisi ita morata civitas fuisset, neque mores, nisi hi viri praefuissent, aut fundare aut tam diu tenere potuissent tantam et tam fuse lateque imperantem rem publicam. Itaque ante nostram memoriam et mos ipse patrius praestantes viros adhibebat, et veterem morem ac maiorum instituta retinebant excellentes viri. Nostra vero aetas cum rem publicam sicut picturam accepisset egregiam, sed iam evanescentem vetustate, non modo eam coloribus eisdem, quibus fuerat, renovare neglexit, sed August. C.D. 2.21, Non. 417M ne id quidem curavit, ut formam saltem eius et extrema tamquam liniamenta servaret. Quid enim manet ex antiquis moribus, quibus ille dixit rem stare Romanam? quos ita oblivione obsoletos videmus, ut non modo non colantur, sed iam ignorentur. Nam de viris quid dicam? Mores enim ipsi interierunt virorum penuria, cuius tanti mali non modo reddenda ratio nobis, sed etiam tamquam reis capitis quodam modo dicenda causa est. Nostris enim vitiis, non casu aliquo, rem publicam verbo retinemus, re ipsa vero iam pridem amisimus.
3. Cicero, Letters To Quintus, 3.1.14 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

4. Cicero, Philippicae, 9.14 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5. Livy, History, 9.46.7, 26.27.14, 30.26.5, 35.40.8 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

6. Ovid, Tristia, 3.1.70-3.1.72 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

7. Suetonius, Domitianus, 5 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

8. Suetonius, Titus, 8 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

9. Suetonius, Vespasianus, 8 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

10. Cassius Dio, Roman History, 43.45.3 (2nd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

43.45.3.  Another likeness they set up in the temple of Quirinus with the inscription, "To the Invincible God," and another on the Capitol beside the former kings of Rome.
11. Pliny The Younger, Letters, 8.24, 10.8, 10.49-10.50 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

10.8. To Trajan. When, Sir, your late father, * both by a very fine speech and by setting them a most honourable example himself, urged every citizen to deeds of liberality, I sought permission from him to transfer to a neighbouring township all the statues of the emperors which had come into my possession by various bequests and were kept just as I had received them ill my distant estates, and to add thereto a statue of himself. He granted the request and made most flattering references to myself, and I immediately wrote to the decurions asking them to assign me a plot of ground upon which I might erect a temple ** at my own cost, and they offered to let me choose the site myself as a mark of appreciation of the task I had undertaken. But first my own ill-health, then your father's illness, and subsequently the anxieties of the office you bestowed upon me, have prevented my proceeding with the work. However, I think the present is a convenient opportunity for getting on with it, for my month of duty ends on the Kalends of September and the following month contains a number of holidays. I ask, therefore, as a special favour, that you will allow me to adorn with your statue the work which I am about to begin ; and secondly, that in order to complete it as soon as possible, you will grant me leave of absence. It would be alien to my frank disposition if I were to conceal from your goodness the fact that you will, if you grant me leave, be incidentally aiding very materially my private fices. The rent of my estates in that district exceeds 400,000 sesterces, and if the new tets are to be settled in time for the next pruning, the letting of the farms must not be any further delayed. Besides, the succession of bad vintages we have had forces me to consider the question of making certain abatements, and I cannot enter into that question unless I am on the spot. So, Sir, if for these reasons you grant me leave for thirty days, I shall owe to your kindness the speedy fulfilment of a work of loyalty and the settlement of my private fices. I cannot reduce the length of leave I ask for to narrower limits, inasmuch as the township and the estates I have spoken of are more than a hundred and fifty miles from Rome. 0 10.49. To Trajan. Before my arrival, Sir, the people of Nicomedia had commenced to make certain additions to their old forum, in one corner of which stands a very ancient shrine of the Great Mother, * which should either be restored or removed to another site, principally for this reason, that it is much less lofty than the new buildings, which are being run up to a good height. When I inquired whether the temple was protected by any legal enactments, I discovered that the form of dedication is different here from what it is with us in Rome. Consider therefore. Sir, whether you think that a temple can be removed without desecration when there has been no legal consecration of the site, for, if there are no religious objections, the removal would be a great convenience. 10.50. Trajan to Pliny. You may, my dear Pliny, without any religious scruples, if the site seems to require the change, remove the temple of the Mother of the Gods to a more suitable spot, nor need the fact that there is no record of legal consecration trouble you, for the soil of a foreign city may not be suitable for the consecration which our laws enjoin.
12. Pliny The Younger, Letters, 8.24, 9.39, 10.8, 10.49-10.50 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

9.39. To Mustius. I have been warned by the haruspices to put into better repair and enlarge the temple of Ceres, which stands on my estate, as it is very old and cramped for room, and on one day in the year attracts great crowds of people. For on the Ides of September all the population of the country-side flocks thither; much business is transacted, many vows are registered and paid, but there is no place near where people can take refuge either from storm or heat. I think, therefore, that I shall be showing my generosity, and at the same time display my piety, if I rebuild the temple as handsomely as possible and add to it a portico, the former for the use of the goddess, the latter for the people who attend there. So I should like you to buy me four columns of any kind of marble you think fit, as well as sufficient marble for the pavement and walls. I shall also have to get made or buy a statue of the goddess, for the old one, which was made of wood, has lost some of its limbs through age. As for the portico, I don't think there is anything that I need ask you for at present, unless it be that you should sketch me a plan to suit the situation of the place. The portico cannot be carried all round the temple, inasmuch as on one side of the floor of the building there is a river with very steep banks, and on the other there runs a road. Beyond the road, there is a spacious meadow which would be a very suitable place to build the portico, as it is right opposite the temple, unless you can think of a better plan - you who make a practice of overcoming natural difficulties by your professional skill. Farewell. 10.8. To Trajan. When, Sir, your late father, * both by a very fine speech and by setting them a most honourable example himself, urged every citizen to deeds of liberality, I sought permission from him to transfer to a neighbouring township all the statues of the emperors which had come into my possession by various bequests and were kept just as I had received them ill my distant estates, and to add thereto a statue of himself. He granted the request and made most flattering references to myself, and I immediately wrote to the decurions asking them to assign me a plot of ground upon which I might erect a temple ** at my own cost, and they offered to let me choose the site myself as a mark of appreciation of the task I had undertaken. But first my own ill-health, then your father's illness, and subsequently the anxieties of the office you bestowed upon me, have prevented my proceeding with the work. However, I think the present is a convenient opportunity for getting on with it, for my month of duty ends on the Kalends of September and the following month contains a number of holidays. I ask, therefore, as a special favour, that you will allow me to adorn with your statue the work which I am about to begin ; and secondly, that in order to complete it as soon as possible, you will grant me leave of absence. It would be alien to my frank disposition if I were to conceal from your goodness the fact that you will, if you grant me leave, be incidentally aiding very materially my private fices. The rent of my estates in that district exceeds 400,000 sesterces, and if the new tets are to be settled in time for the next pruning, the letting of the farms must not be any further delayed. Besides, the succession of bad vintages we have had forces me to consider the question of making certain abatements, and I cannot enter into that question unless I am on the spot. So, Sir, if for these reasons you grant me leave for thirty days, I shall owe to your kindness the speedy fulfilment of a work of loyalty and the settlement of my private fices. I cannot reduce the length of leave I ask for to narrower limits, inasmuch as the township and the estates I have spoken of are more than a hundred and fifty miles from Rome. 0 10.49. To Trajan. Before my arrival, Sir, the people of Nicomedia had commenced to make certain additions to their old forum, in one corner of which stands a very ancient shrine of the Great Mother, * which should either be restored or removed to another site, principally for this reason, that it is much less lofty than the new buildings, which are being run up to a good height. When I inquired whether the temple was protected by any legal enactments, I discovered that the form of dedication is different here from what it is with us in Rome. Consider therefore. Sir, whether you think that a temple can be removed without desecration when there has been no legal consecration of the site, for, if there are no religious objections, the removal would be a great convenience. 10.50. Trajan to Pliny. You may, my dear Pliny, without any religious scruples, if the site seems to require the change, remove the temple of the Mother of the Gods to a more suitable spot, nor need the fact that there is no record of legal consecration trouble you, for the soil of a foreign city may not be suitable for the consecration which our laws enjoin.


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acilius glabrio, m., dedicates temple of pietas Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
aemilius lepidus, m. Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
augustus Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
brutus, marcus Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
buildings, poor construction of Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
cassius longinus, c. Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
ceres, temple of Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
concordia Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
construction, imperial oversight of Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
construction Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
ennius Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
fires Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
great mother (cybele), temples of Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
great mother (cybele) Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
greek, art Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
hellenism Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
holliday, p. j. Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
homer, the iliad Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
identity, roman Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
lucian Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
magna mater (cybele), temples of Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
magna mater (cybele) Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
marcius philippus, q. Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
monster, construction of Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
objects, and political competition Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
objects, and power Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
objects, their maintenance Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
objects, upkeep of Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
palimpsestic rome, attitude to authentic antiquity Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
palimpsestic rome, dynamic changeability of the city Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
palimpsestic rome Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
patronage Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12, 291
pausanias Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
pliny the younger, country estates Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
pliny the younger, in bithynia Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
populus romanus, its role in construction Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
rome, forum holitorium Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
rome, statues of seven kings on Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
rome, tabularium Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
rome, temple of quirinus, caesars statue in Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
rome, temple of tellus, ciceros interest in Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
sacred architecture Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
senate, and adulation Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
senate, role in construction Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
statues, of gods Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
temple of, ceres Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
temple of, great mother (cybele) Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
temple of magna mater (cybele) Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
thersites Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12
tombs' Jenkyns, God, Space, and City in the Roman Imagination (2013) 266
tullius cicero, q., his statue Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 291
women Rutledge, Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (2012) 12