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 p86  Busta Gallica

Article on p86 of

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

Busta Gallica: a place 'media in urbe' (Liv. XXII.14), where, according to Varro (LL V.157), the bones of the Gauls were burned after the city had been retaken by Camillus. According to another version of the story (Liv. V.48) the Gauls themselves burned here the bodies of their own number who died during the siege. There is no indication of its location (cf. BC 1914, 108‑109), and the name of the mediaeval district of Portogallo should not be brought into connection with it (HCh 317).a One might conjecture that the name and the tradition had arisen from the discovery of some prehistoric cemetery (cf. Doliola, Equus Domitiani). It is mentioned in an inscription of the Sullan period as being at the foot of a flight of steps, the Scalae [?Ca]niniae: In scalis . . . ninieis ab cleivo infimo busteis Gallicis versus ad summum cleivom (BC 1899, 53; NS 1900, 310; Klio 1902, 259, No. 38; CIL I2.809).

Thayer's Note:

a Hülsen (q.v.) does reject the connection, which goes back to at least the 16c, but without saying why. For a contrary opinion, see Armellini, s.v. S. Andrea de Portugallo.

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