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  • Santa Maria in Tempulo

    On the slopes of the Celio where in the imperial age the Area Apollinis was located, in the 6th century some Greek monks built an oratory dedicated to S. Agatha; it was a diaconia for the reception of pilgrims coming from the South and the East and it was until the end of the 12th century ...

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  • Temple of Divus Romulus

    The temple is located where the Via Sacra rises towards the Velia hill, between the Roman Forum square and Arch of Titus; was commissioned by the emperor Maxentius and dedicated to his son who died at a young age at the beginning of the 4th century. When in 309 AD the young Valerius Romolus died, his father Maxentius proclaimed him Divus (Divine) and wanted to dedicate a temple to his cult and had it built round according to the heroon style of the Greek heroes ...

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  • Nimphs of floating island

    At north of Rome in the region called Alta Sabina, the largest water catchment area in Europe, the ancients had already placed the kingdom of the river water divinities and Pliny had nominated Nemora Vacunae, the Wood of Vacuna, the great expanse of sylvan mountains that were around the Lacus Cutiliae. Vacuna was the Sabine goddess of water, nature, forests and fertility, but she was also the goddess of rest ...

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  • Vicus Jugarius

    Vicus Jugarius is the oldest street in Rome, in fact even before the age of kings was the route along passed through the people who were going to the market area at the ford on the river Tiber ...

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  • The Rotunda by the sea of Ostia

    At the end of the eighteenth century in Brighton, the favorite holiday resort of the English nobility, a therapeutic center was built which, to exploit the benefits of the marine environment, had the particularity of being built in the water with a long walkway that connected it to the mainland. This type of establishment soon spread throughout Europe. The first example of Rotunda in Italy can be considered the one designed in 1782 by Vanvitelli, a stilt house in Monte di Procida on Lake of Fusaro ...

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  • The Prisons of Ancient Rome

    In ancient Rome, the prison was not a penalty in itself, but served to guard the guilty of a crime awaiting lawsuit and sentenced to capital punishment or other corporal punishment according to the "ius talioni", the law of retaliation. In the Republican age the sentences were carried out immediately, then during the empire the sentences began to be less rigid and the more complicated procedures for which it happened that a lot of time passed between the sentence and the execution ...

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  • The Hercules and Cacus myth

    The Hercules and Cacus myth expresses the progressive insertion of the Hellenistic culture on the primordial Italic cultures: Hercules is the ...

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  • Aurelia Cotta - The mother of Julius Caesar

    She was born in Rome on May 21, 120 BC, daughter of Lucius Aurelius Cotta who was consul in the year after hers birth; the mother was called Rutilia and even her family was of consular rank. The gens Aurelia had cognomina Cotta, Scaurus, and Orestes and, in the first century, a branch was called Fulvus, to this belonged Titus Aurelius Fulvus who became emperor under the name of Antoninus Pius ...

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  • Discovery Historia of Seneca in a papyrus of Herculaneum

    A new technology and the expertise and patience of Valeria Piano have given back to the world an important text by Anneo Seneca the Elder: "Historiae ab initio bellorum civileum", a historical work related to events from the period of civil wars to Emperor Tiberius, probably the last work written by the historian who died in 37 AD; until today expected the work lost instead it was hidden among the charred papyri in the library of the Pisons Villa in Herculaneum ...

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  • Ustrinum Hadriani

    In the winter of 1867 Lanciani thought he had found the two temples of Dis and Proserpina instead he had found the Ustrinum of Hadrian, the sacred area where the emperor's body had been cremated.
    In Tabula X of the Laws of the Twelve Tables of 490 BC it was written:Do not bury or cremate any dead inside the city. The law required that the tombs be placed outside the sacred enclosure of theUrbs, the Pomoeriium, but the methods of body preservation were free; in the aarchaic age both the inhumation and the cremation were used but, already starting from the first century. B.C. ,the use of cremation in the second century it became a general practice so much that burial was almost the exception. Then ustrina were established, these were sacred areas where the pyres were raised for the bodies cremation ...

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  • Theatre of Marcellus

    Theatre of Marcellus is perhaps the most ancient theater of which even today's architecture is visible; its construction was begun by Caesar, but ...

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  • Caesar and Cleopatra drank sparkling wine

    The ancient Romans loved the bollulae, it was not the nectar of the gods but it was pleasant, and maybe even better. When Caesar and Cleopatra ...

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  • The small fountain of lovers

    Near the most famous fountain in the world, Trevi Fountain, there is a small fountain that the architect Nicola Salvi created next to the monumental ...

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  • Julius Caesar’s funeral

    Caesar assassination’s was on 44 B.C. at Ides of March (March 15) in the Curia of Pompey in the Campus Martius, was killed with 23 stab wounds; on the eve ...

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  • Statilia Messalina

    She was the third wife of Nero: Statilia was born in Rome in 35 BC, she was descended from Tito Statilius Taurus who had built Statilius Theatre in ...

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