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  • Fasti ancient calendars

    For the Romans there was a sacred time and a profane time and, when spring began the Pontifical College of met to establish, following the lunar cycle, how the days would fall and therefore the days in which one could devote oneself to work and duties of the state and the other days that had to be dedicated to the gods. After establishing the days, the official calendar was made public by affixing bronze plates but more frequently by marble tables ...

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  • Temple of Moon Goddess

    Luna was an archaic goddess of the Latins and her cult was brought to Rome by Titus Tatius but Servius Tullius was who built a temple to the goddess in a position overlooking the Porta Trigemina on the Aventine, the hill that had enclosed within its walls but left out of the Pomerius ...

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  • Euripus, canal of Agrippa

    From the Pond of Agrippa an artificial channel crossed the Campus Martis channeling the excess waters towards the Tiber. The Euripus, built in the Augustan age and fed by the Aqua Virgo, played an important role in Agrippa's building program in the western Campus Martis, in the use of water as an element of urban characterization, according to a model of typically Hellenistic inspiration ...

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  • Via Veneto

    When Villa Ludovisi was sold and subdivided, the streets of the new Ludovisi district coincided largely with the avenues that the great architect of gardens, Le Notre had designed in 1621; the avenue that went down from Porta Pinciana until the Palace where Queen Margherita lived, was going to become one of the most famous metropolitan streets in the world: Via Veneto ...

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  • Silverware embossed in ancient Rome

    In the early republican age, precious metals were not valued in Rome; the Roman civilization was still tied to ancient customs and therefore people were reluctant to use gold, silver and bronze for objects that, besides their practical function, were also aesthetically beautiful. But the other peoples of the Mediterranean had already given the precious metals an economic value and Rome had to adapt. A first change came after the first Punic war where it was necessary to have a stronger coin to go to trade in the Mediterranean and then the first silver coins were minted ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The prophecy of Colosseum

    In the eighth century, in a Benedictine monastery in Sunderland, the monk Beda the Venerable then Doctor of the Catholic Church, in addition to writing ecclesiastical books and scientific treatises, rearranging texts of classical Latin authors, collected and reported the stories and prophecies of his time in the book "Collectanea" which reports the following obscure prophecy ...

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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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  • UFO in Ancient Rome

    In the sky of Ancient Rome they were sighted UFOs since archaic times. Two thousand years ago the historian Livy in his Ab Urbe condita, says ...

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  • Lucius Junius Brutus

    He was the founder of the Roman Republic and who led the revolt of the people and the Senate of Rome against the Tarquini and, after their expulsion ...

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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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  • Children games

    Even in ancient Rome, as in all ages, play activities have been preparations for life. There were group games both in imitation of the activities of the great as hunting or fighting with real representations, that is, what are today called role-playing games, and with toys ...

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