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Digging into the myths of Rome

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Giovanni Magna
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« on: December 02, 2007, 03:52:01 pm »

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The Romans were themselves archaeological tourists, travelling to sites that were several thousands of years old, much as we visit the remnants of their cities today.

Whether the myth of the founding of Rome has its basis in fact or fiction, the underground cavern became a place of veneration and worship, from where priests took place in complex rituals and celebrated the Lupercalia festival.

The choice of the first Roman emperor's palace was also influenced by the city's founding myth.

"We know Augustus was crazy about Romulus. He wanted to be the new Romulus so... if this is the Lupercal, and if the Lupercal is above Augustus's house, then this has a colossal significance," Mr Carandini said.

"It means that Augustus chose to live above the cave where Romulus was rescued; the place where the hero who founded the city was rescued is also home to Augustus, who re-founds Rome and begins the creation of the Roman empire."
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