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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

10/08/2019, 13:57

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



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 Behind the Pantheon other wonderful Roman artifacts could impress you. They belonged to an incredible place would by the same man of the Pantheon...



In this picture there are the remains of the ancient Basilica of Neptune, set just behind the Pantheon and would by Agrippa (Augustus’ friend, general and relative). Since the 33 BC, when Agrippa became edile, he inaugurated several site constructions, building new monuments or restoring impressive buildings. He followed this specific politics using the money and treasures coming from the wars won by Octavian Augustus, in order to help the personal and political propaganda of his friend, the man who will became the first emperor of Rome. Why a basilica dedicated to Neptune? Agrippa was fundamental for the military victories had by Augustus, thanks to his new strategies, his charisma and his new military tecniques. Agrippa helped a lot Augustus mainly in the battleships: for example at the 36 BC he defeated in Sicily the Sesto Pompeo’s fleet (he was the Pompeo the Great’s son), who for years and years created several problem to Rome, for example blocking the wheat trades from Egypt to Rome, as a real pirate. Moreover Agrippa lead the Augustus’ fleet during the famous Battle of Azio, at the 31 BC, when he was able to defeat the naval forces by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, making Augustus as the main and real leader of Rome. Probably now you can understand how strong was the relationship between Agrippa and Neptune, God of the Seas and Oceans! We should also remeber how what we can see today are simply the remains of the ancient basilica rebuilt by Hadrian, who completely restored the Pantheon too, around 150 years after Agrippa. But originally the Basilica of Neptune was erected at the end of the I century BC, and it is a pity to know how, as in other examples, it was completely destroyed by earthquakes or fires. Today we can see just a deep apse and some fine marlbe reliefs, with a column and an elaborate capital. But try to see the details: on a marble slab you can see marine creatures, something like monsters in some degree, but also a trident. It is the main attribute of Neptune. But that’s the reason why Rome could be so special: a details, a fragment, a small piece of an original artifact from the ancient city are able to tell us several things... #unaguidaturisticaroma #atourguiderome #archeologia #archeology #Rome #romeisus #basilica #archeologia #Roma #Agrippa #Pantheon



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