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Forum Boarium, Rome

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  • Beautiful place with a beautiful conservation of these remains, but it is not open to the visit, shame.
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  • The importance of the site was due to the fact that in this area and in the nearby sacred area of s. Omobono you have the oldest evidence (along with those of the Palatine, us see my review on said Hill) of city life, as the river port made it a convenience store particularly popular, especially from the Greek people. Furnishings that date back to the 8th century b.c. here found are now on display at the Capitoline museums in Rome's archaic section and testify to the importance that a cluster takes when it is placed on the sea or a river (old theory by Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, who argued that Rome was not founded on the Palatine Hill, but on the Tiber) concerning the monuments in the Forum boarium (cattle market) were present There is to remember the Ara massima di Ercole, which according to the most reliable theories had to be located near the modern Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where the remains were found inside. The altar was dedicated to the mythological hero Hercules because in these places put an end to the raids of Bandit Caco, who stole the oxen of Geryon. Always the hero was dedicated the circular Temple from the second century BC, perhaps designed by the architect Hermodoros of Salamis that today we can admire still perfectly preserved (except for the roof that is modern) and that is mistakenly defined by Vesta because of its shape (usually temples dedicated to the goddess were circular in shape) near it stands another building whose preservation we owe to the same reason as the previous namely in medieval times were used both to Christian churches. This other temple, said conventionally and erroneously the Temple of Fortuna Virilis was actually dedicated to the God Portunus, protector of the river port and its present appearance dates from the construction of the second half of the 2nd century BC (the time of the Gracchi) and remakes of the next century. In the Middle Ages was used (remains of frescoes inside) to the cult of Saint Mary of Egypt, protector of prostitutes in ancient Rome had their party on 23 April.
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  • Located opposite the 'mouth of truth'. There are two ancient temples from which circle (Hercules) is more interesting.  more »

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