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Statua Marforio, Rome

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Marphurius or Marforio is one of the talking statues of Rome. Marforio maintained a friendly rivalry with his most prominent rival, Pasquin. As at the other five "talking statues", pasquinades — irreverent satires poking fun at public figures — were posted beside Marforio in the 16th and 17th centuries.The statue and its locationMarforio is a large 1st century Roman marble sculpture of a reclining bearded river god or Oceanus, which in the past has been variously identified as a depiction of Jupiter, Neptune, or the Tiber. It was the humanist and antiquarian Andrea Fulvio who first identified it as a river god, in 1527. The Marfoi was a landmark in Rome from the late 12th century. Poggio Bracciolini wrote of it as one of the sculptures surviving from Antiquity, and in the early 16th century it was still near the Arch of Septimius Severus, where the various authors reported it.The origin of its name is a matter of some debate. It was discovered with a granite basin bearing the inscription "mare in foro", but may take its name from the Latin name for the area in which it was discovered (Martis Forum), or from the Marioli (or Marfuoli) family who owned property near the Mamertine Prison, also near the forum, where the statue was sited until 1588.
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  • This huge statue takes the name from Mars Forum where it was to be many years before. The statue is six meters long and probably it represents the Ocean , the god who reigned over all the world’s...  more »
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  • A situation when you understand that your predecessors were more talented than you
  • A big reclining statue fountain in the museum courtyard. Was pretty neat to see and not crowded

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