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Mostly forgotten or ignored by the millions of passerby on their way to Piazza Venezia or the Colosseum this rare Republican tomb is visible to all, with its original inscription, at the base of the Capitoline Hill. The tomb is of C. Publicius Bibulus, who was a plebeian aedile circa 100 BC. The Senate allowed him the rare honor of being buried inside the pomerium (CIL VI.139). The structure is composed of travertine and tuff stone, almost 5 meters by 6.5 meters. The central niche was for a statue, and the frieze decoration preserved contains garlands and bucrania. The inscription appears on two sides.

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