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The Rostra


The Rostra or orator's tribune, a name derived from the iron prows of the warships of Antium with which the tribune was adorned after the capture of that town in B.C. 338. At the end of it was the Umbilicus urbis Romę, or ideal center of the city and empire, the remains of which are recognizable.

At the other end, below the street, are a few traces of the Miliareum Aureum, or central mile-stone of the roads radiating from Rome, erected by Augustus in B.C. 28. It is however doubtful whether these names are correctly applied to these remains.