Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 2: Photo 17
The inscription reads: Caeciliae Q. Cretici f(iliae) Metellae Crassi. Cecilia was the daughter of Quintus Metellus Creticus and the wife of the younger Crassus, whose father was the Crassus of the triumvirate. So much for fact. Byron was here and added romance. In the fourth canto of Childe Harold he wrote: "There is a stern round tower of other days,/ Firm as a fortress, with its fence of stone,/ Such as an army's baffled strength delays,/ Standing with half its battlements alone,/ And with two thousand years of ivy grown,/ The garland of eternity, where wave/ The green leaves over all by time o'erthrown;--/What was this tower of strength? within its cave/ What treasure lay so lock'd, so hid?--A woman's grave."
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