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Graecostăsis

Γραικόστασις). Professor Middleton defines the Graecostasis as a platform in the Forum, on which foreign ambassadors stood to hear the speeches from the Rostra or Comitium, like the Diplomatic Gallery in the American Senate and House. The Graecostasis got its name from the fact that the first envoys thus honoured were Greeks from Massilia (Marseilles), as stated by Iustinus (xliii. 5.10). Cicero speaks of it as being a place from which disorderly persons often interrupted the debates. It appears to have occupied a different place before and after the reconstruction of the Forum by Iulius Caesar. It is mentioned by Varro (L. L. v. 155) as of stone, and standing to the right of the Curia—this statement referring to the older structure. Archaeologists formerly regarded the term as denoting the foreign embassy at Rome. See Burn, Rome and the Campagna, pp. 84, 107, 123; Mommsen, History of Rome, i. p. 577 (American ed. 1888); Middleton, Remains of Ancient Rome, i. pp. 237, 256 (London, 1892), and cf. the article Forum.

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