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The ceilings which, at the present day, in private houses even, we see covered with gold, were first gilded in the Capi- tol, after the destruction of Carthage, and during the censorship of Lucius Mummius.1 From the ceilings this luxuriousness has been since transferred to the arched roofs of buildings, and the party-walls even, which at the present day are gilded like so many articles of plate: very different from the times when Catulus2 was far from being unanimously approved of for having gilded the brazen tiles of the Capitol!

1 A.U.C. 612.

2 See B. xix. c. 6.

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