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Lacus Curtius, Rome

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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 name of the place is likely connected with the Curtia gens, a very old Roman Family with Sabine origins.
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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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