Skip to comments.Rome's ancient Largo di Torre Argentina to open to the public
Posted on 02/25/2019 5:31:43 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The ancient square, the site where Julius Caesar was murdered, is to get a make-over courtesy of fashion house Bulgari, which plans to spend some €800,000 restoring the ruins to an accessible state.
Currently visitors can only admire the square from above. It is closed to all except a colony of stray cats and the human volunteers who operate a sanctuary for them in the south-west corner...
Off-limits and overgrown, its archaeological remains stacked into piles, the area needs considerable work to make it accessible to the public, including securing the ruins, installing walkways and building public bathrooms...
There have been other plans in recent years to reopen the square to the public, though none have yet come to fruition.
Nor is it the first time the private sector has stepped in to save Italy's crumbling heritage. Bulgari also funded a €1.5 million restoration of the capital's Spanish Steps, while fellow fashion house Fendi paid for a 16-month clean-up of the Trevi Fountain, and Gucci donated €2 million to spruce up the Boboli Gardens in Florence.
Ham company Parmacotto was responsible for restoring an ancient underground fresco in Naples, the founder of food chain Eataly paid for hi-tech repairs to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, and insurance company Generali helped fund the work on Venice's Royal Gardens.
The Torre Argentina cat sanctuary assured that the restoration would not leave the square's feline residents homeless. The repairs will focus on the ruins of temples A, B and C, not temple D where the shelter is located, one of the volunteers wrote on its Facebook page.
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"The works will not disturb the historic feline colony, otherwise protected by the laws of the State and the Municipality," Silvia Zuccheri said, adding that the cats would keep an eye on how the work was going. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
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I thought Julius was stabbed in the well of the Senate (curia).
Recently went to the OK Corral shootout site ( actually a narrow ally behind the corral adjacent to Flys photo studio/boarding house). It is replete with broken animatronic Earps and Clantons. Not impressive except for the fact that this tiny alley was the place where 3 were killed and 3 wounded in arguably the greatest shootout in old west history. As a fan I enjoyed it.
Hope they do a better job at Caesars demise spot. Et Tu.
My wife and I visited this a few years ago, mostly to see the cats. The sanctuary is mostly run by American expats. I’m glad it’s getting a makeover and that the cats will be undisturbed.
The ancients often relied on the nine mewses. Now we know what they were talking about.
The Senate at the time was meeting in Pompey’s theater.....
“We always knew that Julius Caesar was killed in the Curia of Pompey on March 15th 44 B.C. because the classical texts pass on so, but so far no material evidence of this fact, so often depicted in historicist painting and cinema, had been recovered,” Antonio Monterroso, a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council, said in a statement.
Classical texts also say that years after the assassination, the Curia was closed and turned into a memorial chapel for Caesar. The researchers are studying this building along with another monument in the same complex, the Portico of the Hundred Columns, or Hecatostylon; they are looking for links between the archaeology of the assassination and what has been portrayed in art.
“The Curia of Pompey, sometimes referred to as the Curia Pompeia, was one of several named meeting halls from Republican Rome of historic significance. A curia was a designated structure for meetings of the senate. The Curia of Pompey was located at the entrance to the Theater of Pompey. While the main senate house was being moved from the Curia Cornelia to a new Curia Julia, the senate would meet in this smaller building. It is best known as where members of the Roman Senate murdered Gaius Julius Caesar. It was attached to the porticus directly behind the theatre section and was a Roman exedra, with a curved back wall and several levels of seating. In “A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome” by L. Richardson, Jr., Richardson states that after Caesar’s murder, Augustus Caesar removed the large statue of Pompey and had the hall walled up. Richardson cited Suetonius that it was later made into a latrine, as stated by Cassius Dio.”
Caesar was murdered in the Senate, actually in the theater of Pompey where it was temporarily holding sessions while construction on a new senate building was underway.
You know, FR is *littered* with cat jokes.
Sounds like something a Mafioso would do.
Rubio is such a dip.
Dogs have owners, cats have staff.
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