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p542 Tumulus Iuliae

Article on p542 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.

Tumulus Iuliae: the tomb of Julia, daughter of Caesar and wife of Pompeius, in the campus Martius (Liv. Epit. 106; Plut. Pomp. 53, Caesar 23; Cass. Dio XXXIX.64). The funeral pyre of Caesar was erected near this tumulus (Suet. Caes. 84), and it was in this tomb that he himself was probably buried (Cass. Dio XLIV.51; HJ 572‑573; Hirschfeld, in Berl. Sitz. Ber. 1886, 1150 = Kleine Schriften, 451). It is possible also that it is the same tomb referred to in Livy (Epit. 142)º as the burial place of Drusus in C. Iulii tumulo, who, however, according to better authorities, was buried in the Mausoleum Augusti (q.v.). In other words it was the tomb of the gens Iulia. On the other hand, the tumulus Iuliorum, in which Poppaea's body was placed (Tac. Ann. XVI.6) is generally thought to be the Mausoleum Augusti. It is possible that this tomb is indicated by the letters VLI on fragment 72 of the Marble Plan. If so, its location just east of the thermae Agrippae, between it and the Villa Publica, and close to the Sepulcrum Agrippae (q.v.), west of the Via del Gesù, would be very probable (HJ 496, 572; Mitt. 1903, 48‑54).

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