AD URSUM PILEATUM
the name of a cemetery on the Via Portuensis
where the bodies of SS. Abdon and Sennen were buried (Chron. Min. i. 71
LP lxxxii. 5
). Pope Leo II (682-684) transferred the bodies of SS.
Faustinus, Simplicius, and Beatrix from the cemetery of Generosa (also
on the Via Portuensis) to a church of S. Paul close to S. Bibiana, not
far from the Porta Tiburtina, which he founded (LPD i. 361
, n. g; HCh
415). Here, in the sixteenth century, Bosio (Roma Sotterranea, lib. iii.
c. 66, p. 585) read an inscription, which began as follows, ' anno domini
... mense Octobris dedicatione(m) huius eccl(esia)e s(an)c(t)or(um)
martir(um) Simplicii Faustini et Beatricis ad cimeterium Ursi Pileati
iuxta forma(m) Claudii an(te) po(r)ta(m) Taurinam quam primus [sic]
Leo papa maxima devotione ... fecit.
' This shows that the name had
wrongly been transferred to this district in the Middle Ages and by the
topographers of the sixteenth century (cf. CIL vi. 3403
*). For a statue
of a bear wearing a helmet, which is said to have been found by Bernini
when rebuilding the church of S. Bibiana, see Baldinucci, Vita del Bernini;
Adinolfi, Roma nell' eta di mezzo, i. 282; Arm. 804-806; T. vi. 10