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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

24/04/2019, 12:35

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #rome, #roma, #romeisus, #pantheon, #archeologia, #archeology



THE-BASILICA-OF-NEPTUNE
THE-BASILICA-OF-NEPTUNE


 Behind the Pantheon other impressive remains are telling us the history of another impressive monument which was located here during the ancient Rome...



Thanks to this picture we can see some marble reliefs coming from the ancient Basilica of Neptune, would at the end of the I century BC by Agrippa (the same man who would the Pantheon). He was the best friend and the main general of Augusts, who climbed the social pyramid also thanks to Agrippa. For example since the 33 BC Agrippa was an aedile and in this way he could build or restore several monuments. He used the treasures which came from the war campaigns won by Augustus, but in this way he could help and improve the propaganda of the first Roman Emperor. For the Romans Augustus was the good leader who could rebuilt and restore Rome, making the city a real metropole. And this ancient basilica, that for the Romans was a sort of justice court, was one of those buildings. But why someting dedicated to Neptune and not to another God? Because for Agrippa the sea and this God where very known by him...For example at the 36 BC he lead the fleet of Augustus against Sesto Pompeo, a pirate and the son of Pompeo Magno who was created several troubles to Rome, blocking the wheat which came from Egypt. Or, better, Agrippa was the man who defeated the fleet of Cleopatra and Mark Antony at the 31 BC during the battle of Azio. Thanks to this battle Augustus became the only leader of Rome! So the battleships for Agrippa were always good conditions to underline his strenght and ability, and also a good way to help his friend Augustus. It is nice to know how the marble reliefs and the remains that today we can see are the results of the restorations made by Hadrian at the II century AD. As for the Pantheon the Basilica of Neptune was partly destroyed by fires or earthquakes, and just thanks to Hadrian today we can see something about it. In the end try to admire the marble reliefs, with tridens and marine monsters: a clear way to understand how we are talking about Neptune, the see, the ocean and the victory of Rome... #unaguidaturisticaroma #atourguiderome #archeologia #archeology #Rome #romeisus #basilica #archeologia #Roma #Agrippa




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