). 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
, 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