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THE TWELVE CAESARS
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Lives of the Poets
 A.U.C. 702.
Julia, the wife of Pompey, who died in childbirth.
Conquest had so multiplied business at Rome, that the Roman Forum
became too little for transacting it, and could not be enlarged without
clearing away the buildings with which it was surrounded. Hence the
enormous sum which its site is said to have cost, amounting, it is
calculated, to 809,291 pounds of our money. It stood near the old forum,
behind the temple of Romulus and Remus, but not a vestige of it remains.
Comum was a town of the Orobii, of ancient standing, and formerly
powerful. Julius Caesar added to it five thousand new colonists; whence
it was generally called Novocomum. But in time it recovered its ancient
name, Comum; Pliny the younger, who was a native of this place, calling
it by no other name.