d the Carthaginians
in 263 B.C. (Plin. NH xxxv. 22; see TABULA VALERIA (2)). It was
restored by Sulla in 80 B.C. and somewhat enlarged, the statues of
Pythagoras and Alcibiades, which had stood at the corners of the Comitium,
being removed (Plin. xxxiv. 26; cf. Dio xl. 49). In 52 B.C. it was
burnt down by the partisans of Clodius and rebuilt by Sulla's son Faustus
(Cic. pro Mil. 90, and Ascon. in loc. ; Pp. 29, 40, ed. Kiessling and Schoell.
Dio, loc. cit.; Cic. de fin. v. 2
(written in 45 B.C.): Curiam nostram, Hostiliam dico, non hanc novam,
quae minor mihi videtur postquam est maior, must also refer to this
curia, and not to that of the elder Sulla, as Richter, 94, thinks).
In 44 B.C. it was decided to build a new curia (Dio xliv. 5: e)peidh\ to\
*osti/lion kai/per a)noikodomhqe\n kaqh|re/qh). Part of its site was occupied
by the temple of FELICITAS (q.v.). The curia was, like the comitium,
inaugurated as a templum (Varro ap. Gell. xiv. 7. 7).
According to what we know of the
re above the floor of the Comitium.' It has a fine pavement of
Monte Verde tufa, along the front of which runs a raised kerb. According
to one view these monuments are attributable to the period of Sulla
(JRS 1922, 21-25 ; Mitt. 1905, 32-39; TF 61-66). Whether the 'Tomb
of Romulus ' was hidden from view at this period or later, is uncertain.
The curved front of the rostra, as represented by the canalis with
the beaks of ships with which it was adorned, is held to be represented in
a coin of 45 B.C. of Lollius Palikanus (HC p. 69, fig. 26; BM. Rep. i. 517,
4011-3). The arcade at the back of the rostra Augusti, which Boni
(NS 1900, 627-634) has called the rostra Caesaris, belongs to the time of
Sulla, and is simply a low viaduct to support the CLIVUS CAPITOLINUS
(q.v.) and a street branching off from it (P1. 227-228; CR 1901, 87-89;
HC cit., Mitt. 1902, 13-16; 1905, 14-15, 25; JRS 1922, 15-16).
On the rostra, see Jord. i. 2. 353-355; Petersen, Comitium, Rostra,
Grab des Romulus (Rome 19