After his arrest and death, Cicero's head and hands were mounted on the Rostrum of the Forum Romanum.

Usually, only the heads of executed traitors were displayed. However, Cicero's hands had written such stinging things about the Second Triumvirate that they, too, were nailed up.

It is recorded that Octavianus' wife at the time walked up to Cicero's severed head and stuck her tunic pin through the tongue. It was an effective political statement: revenge for the sharp things he'd said about her husband.