Lacus Curtius - Roma, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 41° 53.540 E 012° 29.102
33T E 291358 N 4640880
Quick Description: The Lacus Curtius is located near the column of Phocas in the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 7/13/2019 9:46:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM10YP0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
The Lacus Curtius is on the Roman forum a place surrounded by a trellis fence, where are located a rounded well "puteal" and several altars. A marble relief probably dating from the time of Caesar was discovered nearby in 1553, it represents the hero Marcus Curtius throwing himself in the abyss.

The Lacus Curtius ("Lake of Curtius") was a mysterious pit or pool in the ground in the Forum Romanum. The area where the Forum would later be built was originally likely a lake, as the area it was in is known to have been surrounded by brooks and marshes. One part of the area was never drained, but gradually became smaller until only a basin, known as the Lacus Curtius, was left. Its nature and significance in Rome's early history is uncertain, and several conflicting stories exist about its history.

The most popular story (~362 BCE) was of a myth glorifying the nation: Rome was endangered when a great chasm opened on the Forum. An oracle told the people that they were to throw into the chasm "that what constituted the greatest strength of the Roman people," and that if they did the Roman nation would last forever. After dropping many things into the ravine without result, a young horseman named Marcus Curtius saved the city by realizing that it was youth that the Romans held most dear. He jumped in, in full armour on his horse, whereupon the earth closed over him and Rome was saved. The story, though clearly epic in nature, was likely a copy of another very similar Greek story concerning king Midas.

Marcus Curtius' self sacrifice has been a popular theme since the Renaissance, depicted by Paolo Veronese, Lucas Cranach the Elder and many others.

Source: Wikipedia (visit link)
Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Empire > 27 B.C.

Admission Fee: €12

Opening days/times:
Every day: 8:30am until one hour before sunset; 25 December and 1 January: closed

Web Site: [Web Link]

Condition: Some remaining traces (ruins) or pieces

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