El Solar Numantino. Por Don Santiago G. Santacruz. 7½ × 5, 209 pp. Madrid: Imprenta de la Revista de Arqueologia, Bibliotecas y Museos. 1914. 2s 9d
E. S. Bouchier
Journal of Roman Studies
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... ue position in history, and of supplying a convenient guide both to the excavations and to the collection of antiquities which has been installed in the Renaissance castle. The publishers also deserve a word of commendation for their share in producing a volume serviceable, attractive and inexpensive. A few lines by way of comment and amplification may prove helpful to those using the book. The important problem of the ancient position of the Tiber and the quays along its bank is receiving welcome light from investigations which Signor Finelli, the able superintendent of the excavations, is at present conducting; I trust I am not guilty of an indiscretion in quoting him as of the opinion that the ancient bed of the river at Ostia lay much further to the north than the present one. Our conception of the growth of Ostia in republican times (no remains anterior to the third century B.c. have been found in situ) seems destined to undergo modification in view of the recent discovery (see Calza, in Notizie degli Scavi, 1914, pp. 426-429) of a portion of a city wall anterior to that published by Vaglieri (p. 48), and apparently belonging to an earlier and smaller town-plan, which occupied only the seaward part of the site. The watering-trough described on page 51 is of special interest, as Dr. Ashby has pointed out to me on the occasion of a recent visit to Ostia ; it probably reproduces the type of the original' lacus Iuturnae' in the Roman forum, which (to judge from Commendatore Boni's discovery at that site of traces of an earlier' lacus ' paved with slabs of tufa, reported by Dr. Ashby in the Classical Review, xv, I90I), seems to have been a rectangular watering-trough, accessible for horses by means of a paved ramp at one end. A slight inaccuracy may be corrected in the account of the tombs of the Claudii (p. 116): what is described as a pavement is in reality the stucco surface of a low triclinium of the usual form. To the literature on Ostia may now be added L. R. Taylor, The Cults of Ostia, Bryn Mawr dissertation, I912. The Italian authorities are to be congratulated both on the inception of these extensive and important excavations and on their prosecution, despite the loss sustained in Professor Vaglieri's death and the uncertainties incident to the present European situation. A. W. VAN BUREN. EL SOLAR NUMANTINO. Por DON SANTIAGO G. SANTACRUZ. 7Xh5, 209 pp. Madrid: Imprenta de la Revista de Arqueologia, Bibliotecas y Museos. 1914. 2s 9d.