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2 The Tullian dungeon] “Tullianum.” Tullianum is an adjective, with which robur must be understoood, as it was originally constructed, wholly or partially, with oak. See Festus, sub voce Robum or Robur: his words are arcis robustis incluaebatur, of which the sense is not very clear. The prison at Rome was built by Ancus Marcius, and enlarged by Servius Tullius, from whom this part of it had its name; Varro de L. L., iv. 33. It is now transformed into a subterranean chapel, beneath a small church erected over it, called San Pietro in Carcere. De Brosses and Eustace both visited it; See Eustace's Classical Tour, vol. i. p. 260, in the Family Library. See also Wasse's note on this passage.
3 A vaulted roof connected with stone arches] “Camera lapideis fornicibus vincta.” “"That camera was a roof curved in the form of a testudo, is generally admitted; see Vitruv. vii. 3; Varr., R. R. iii. 7, init."” Dietsch. The roof is now arched in the usual way.
4 Certain men, to whom orders had been given] “Quibus præceptum erat.” The editions of Havercamp, Gerlach, Kritzius, and Dietsch, have vindices rerum capitalium, quibus, etc. Cortius ejected the first three words from his text as an intruded gloss. If the words be genuine, we must consider these vindices to have been the deputies, or lictors, of the triumvirs mentioned above.
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