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  • Felix Feriae Augusti

    Twenty centuries have passed but in Italy the feriae Augusti is still celebrated, or the Ferragosto whose literal meaning is "Augustus' rest". The feast was established in 18 AD to celebrate the end of the harvests and together with the other feasts that fell in the same period, it was a moment of rest between the hard work of the harvests and those to be faced with the vintage and sowing ...

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  • Cameos jewels of Ancient Rome

    When the Senate granted Pompey the Great the Triumph for defeating Mithridates, behind the chariot of the winner the Roman citizens could admire the enormous treasure of the Pontus King that also included "precious stones to fill nine tables", as Pliny Senior tells. The Roman aristocracy was conquered by those precious stones and many were those who began to collect them, first of all Scaurus, son of the wife of Sulla, but also Caesar and later Augustus ...

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  • Battle of Pydna – 168 BC

    The battle of Pidna, fought in 168 BC, was the decisive battle of the third Macedonian war and the epilogue of the confrontation between Rome and the Kingdom of Macedonia of which it marked the end. Some facts make this battle emblematic and unique; its short duration of just two hours, the comparison between two military strategies and two different fighting techniques, the environmental and natural factors and above all the consequences for the geo-political structure in the Mediterranean basin ...

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  • Domus Gallonii

    The Domus Gallonii is a rustic villa discovered along Via Tiburtina, in the 90s of the last century, during the construction of the new agri-food market in Rome and in which a statue of "Hercules child" with a suggestive votive dedication in marble to the demigod was found ...

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  • Meetings at the theater of Pompey

    The life of the noble patricians was based on certain customs that facilitated social life and were indispensable for anyone with political aspirations. The important men of Rome, whether they were senators or magistrates or influential personalities, did not go to the thermae or portici only for otium, to have meetings with friends, but above all to increase their clientes, one of the functions for which large spaces public were specifically created; under the arcades it was normal to see talks of senators with mercatores or rather a magistrate with a poet ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cannonball Fountain

    On the Pincio hill, right in front of Villa Medici, there is a fountain that despite its structure is essential and not showy embodies art, history and legends perhaps like few others in Rome and would be almost unknown if it weren't linked to an anecdote about Christina, the Queen of Sweden who in the seventeenth century was one of the most eccentric and in sight personalities in Rome ...

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  • The golden roses of the Popes

    In the chronicles of the papal court, there is also the list of the expenses of 1736 and among them is recorded: To Michele Carlier Silversmith to account of the price of the Golden Rose 865.00 scudi ...

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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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  • Meetings at the theater of Pompey

    The life of the noble patricians was based on certain customs that facilitated social life and were indispensable for anyone with political aspirations. The important men of Rome, whether they were senators or magistrates or influential personalities, did not go to the thermae or portici only for otium, to have meetings with friends, but above all to increase their clientes, one of the functions for which large spaces public were specifically created; under the arcades it was normal to see talks of senators with mercatores or rather a magistrate with a poet ...

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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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  • 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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