Largo Argentina Temples

Topics: Ancient Rome, Roman Republic, Carthage Pages: 2 (825 words) Published: April 4, 2013
Largo Argentina’s Temples
On-site project

The site I chose to visit for my on-site project was the Largo Argentina’s temples. Being so close to my apartment, I walk past the Largo Argentina temples almost every day. Each time I walk by the temples, I always wonder the significance of the ruins. Every once in a while I stop and look and them for a few seconds. However, I have never taken the time to examine each thing inside the Largo Argentina temples. The reason I chose this site was to finally understand the history and importance of these incredible ruins right by my apartment. My visit to this site was of no difficulty. I am very familiar with the area as it is right near my apartment. It helped quite a bit knowing the history of the temples prior to visiting the site. I had absolutely no clue that the ruins included four ancient holy temples and part of Pompey’s Theater! I began at the south tip of the site on the corner of Via di Torre Argentina and Via Florida. I walked around the square site and admired each of the four temples. Something that I learned in my research before going to the site was that Largo Argentina’s temples were uncovered not long ago, in the early 1900’s. The four temples and part of the Pompey’s Theater date back the Republican era and are among the earliest Roman buildings existing in the city. Each of the four temples are labeled A,B,C, and D. It was striking to learn that the oldest temple, C, was built in the early half of the third century BC, and that I was standing right in front of it. To witness the history and age of the temples was certaintly a remarkable feeling. I enjoyed learning how the temples were build for different Gods, Lares, and celebrations of war victories. They include Feronia, goddess of the rural Etruscans, Lares Permarini, and Juturna. My favorite out of the four temples was temple A. I found this temple to be the most intriguing because it seemed to be the most preserved temple. I was able to get...

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