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* a stone kerb, like that of a well, built around a spot in the forum, that had been struck by lightning, by a certain Scribonius Libo, to whom the senate had entrusted the business of looking up such spots and enclosing them in this way (Fest. 333). It was a resort of moneylenders (Pers. 4. 49, and Schol.; Cic. pro Sest. 18; Ov. Rem. 561), and near the tribunal of the praetor (Hor. Ep. i. 19. 8, and Porphyr.; Sat. ii. 6. 35), the arch of Fabius (Pers. Schol. loc. cit.) and the porticus Iulia (supra, 73). It is shown on coins (Babelon, Monnaies, Aemilia 1 ; Scribonia 8),1 and perhaps the round base from Veii in the Lateran Museum is an imitation of it (Benndorf und Schoene, Die antike Bildwerke d. Lateran. Museums, No. 440; HF 1210; CIL xi. 3799). Six blocks of travertine lying near the arch of Augustus, which seem to belong to a circular kerb, have been identified with this puteal, but without any good reason (Jord. i. 2. 210, 403-404; Gilb. iii. 159; HC 160; Thed. 147-148; DR 72; RE Suppl. iv. 511; BC 1914, 104). It has also been suggested with very considerable probability that it is the early well found in the basilica Aemilia, or porticus Gai et Luci (AJA 1913, 24, 27; 1928, 165-177; HFP 34).

1 Babelon dates them about 54 B.C.. while Grueber (BM. Rep. i. 419, 3377-3385) puts them about 71 B.C., following De Salis. For a restoration of the latter by Trajan, see Babelon, ii. p. 584, No. 47,

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