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THE" TOMB OF ROMULUS." I

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THE" TOMB OF ROMULUS." I If the attempt to be an up-to-date archaeologist did not sound like an attempt to achieve the impos- sible, the controversy which arises over each new discovery in the Forum (says the Rome correspon- dent of the Morning Post) would be an amusing study. When the famous Lapis Niger was dis- covered it was at once dubbed the "Tomb of Romulus," on the strength of some of the old commentators. This idea began to be accredited, when an Italian Archaeologist came forward with the theory that the black stone marked the spot when Curtius and his charger leapt fully armed into the yawning gulf. This theory has been seriously supported in a learned pamphlet; but hardly has the pamphlet been printed when the discovery of the conical stones, the ashes and the bones of the sacri- ficial animals, have given rise to another theory- that the black stone covers the spot known as the Regifugium, or the spot where the Priest-King sacrificed to the gods. Yet a fourth theory,' sup- ported by the results of further diggings, now dis- places the Regifugium idea. According to this latest speculation, the black stone covers the spot where great expiatory sacrifices were held as a recon- secration of the Forum either after the expulsion of the Kings or after the desecration of the Forum by the Gauls.

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