The Life of Pope Sylvester  

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At this time Constantine Augustus built the basilica of holy John the Baptist in the city of Alba1 and offered there the following:
a silver paten, weighing 30 lbs.;
a goblet of silver gilt, weighing 112 lbs.;
10 silver chalices for service, weighing each 3 lbs.;
2 silver pitchers, weighing each 20 lbs.;
the property of the Lake of Turnus2 with the adjacent fields, yielding the estate of Molae3, yielding 60 sol.; [50 sol.;]
the property at Alba with the Lake of Alba4, yielding 250 sol.;
the estate of Mucus, yielding 160 sol.; [170 sol.;]
all the empty barracks or houses belonging to the municipality5 in the town of Alba, everything in the neighborhood of the church of Constantine, was offered by Augustus; [or: were offered as gifts to the holy of the church of Constantine;]
the property of Hortus, yielding 20 sol.;
the property of Tiberius Caesar, yielding 280 sol.;
the property of Marinae6, yielding 50 sol.;
the estate of Nemus7, yielding 280 20l.;
the property of Amartianae in the region of Cora, yielding 150 sol.;
the Statilian property, yielding 70 sol.;
the Median property, yielding 30 sol.

1. Albano in Latium. Some traces of Constantine's basilica are said to be still visible. De Rossi has proved that the Christian church of Albano originated probably in the camp of the Second Parthian Legion, which was stationed there during the third century. Duchesne, op. cit., p. 199, n. 103.
2. The Laghetto di Turno, with its recollections of the Aeneid, lies about two miles from Albano. Funeral inscriptions have been found there testifying to the existence of a rural Christian community in the sixth century. Duchesne, op. cit., p. 200, n. 104.
3. A place called Il Molo is now about a mile from Albano.
4. The famous Lago di Albano.
5. These are undoubtedly the buildings left empty by the departure of the Second Parthian Legion and the population of camp-followers and dependents. See supra, p. 67, n. 6. The word translated barracks is "schenica" or "scenica," which here has its original Greek sense of tents or camps, rather than its ordinary Latin association with theatres and actors.
6. At Marino, near Albano.
7. The place may have some connection with the Lake of Nemi.




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