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Lacus Curtius, Rome

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The Lacus 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 name of the place is likely connected with the Curtia gens, a very old Roman Family with Sabine origins.HistoryThe history of the area wasn't well known even to the Romans, and at least three different explanations were given for the area's name. Two were given by Livy, and another by Varro. By order of when they are said to have taken place:Livy's Sabine war originAccording to the oldest story, Lacus Curtius was named after the champion of the Sabines, a horseman named Mettius Curtius. In the war that followed the Rape of the Sabine Women, the champion was said to have got stuck in the marsh during battle. This is corroborated by the fact that the area was once marshland, the fact that the Curtia Gens was of Sabine origins, and that the name Mettius was an authentic Sabine name rendered from the word medìss "leader".Varro's lightning originA second version, and also the most prosaic, had it that Gaius Curtius Philon, a consul, consecrated the site after a lightning strike had hit it.
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  • Another legend for this place, inside the Ancient Roman site , Marcus Curtius after the murder of Osto Ostilio in a duel , to hide from the supporters of Ostilio who wanted to kill him , he immersed.....  more »
  • Many tales (legends) pertain to the creation of Lacus Curtis, including that a lighting strike took place here and was considered a miracle and in the year 445 BC, Consul Gaius Curtius Chilo had the.....  more »
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  • One of the oldest and richest points of history and legends present inside the holes. Currently the site is presented as a hollow of the trapezoidal shape, surrounded by the paving of the hole in travertine slabs dating back to the age of Caesar. @gargio76
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  • One of the oldest and richest points of history and legends present inside the holes. Currently the site is presented as a hollow of the trapezoidal shape, surrounded by the paving of the hole in travertine slabs dating back to the age of Caesar. @gargio76
    See original

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