the building had begun
by that time, although Petronius Maximus, prefect of the city, set up
statues within it in 421, and one inscribed pedestal was found in situ in
the eighth century by the compiler of the Einsiedeln Itinerary (CIL vi.
1650). Hulsen has shown (RPA i. 169-174; HCh 226 (S. Caeciliae
de Monte Faffo, cf. 337 Cf. also BC 1925, 64.
) that the name templum Marcelli still clung to
the ruins in 998, that the Fabii or Faffi were in possession of them as
early as the middle of the twelfth century, and held them until the end
of the thirteenth, when they were succeeded by the Savelli. It is very
doubtful, on the other hand, whether the Pierleoni had any connection
with the theatre. In 1368 it came into the possession of the Savelli family,
and in 1712 into that of the Orsini. The present Palazzo was built
by Baldassare Peruzzi for the Savelli in the early part of the sixteenth
century, and stands upon the scaena and a large part of the cavea of the
theatre (BC 1901, 52-70