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"the Forum, temple of Castor and Pollux" Roman Forum - Temple of Castor and Pollux Tip by tompt

  temple of Castor and Pollux
by tompt

The three colums on this picture are from the temple of Castor and Pollux. The are on the spot of the last site of the temple. It was rebuild here after a fire in the 6th century by the emperor Tiberius.

Castor and Pollux were twin heroes in classical mythology. Castor was the son of Leda and Tyndareus, Pollux the son of Leda and Zeus. They were great warriors. The legend tells that after Castor was killed Pollux begged Zeus to allow his brother to share his immortality with him. (the classical tradition has it that one of every set of twins is the son of a god and thus immortal) Zeus arranged for the twins to divide their time evenly between Hades and Heaven, and in their honor he created the constellation Gemini.

The roman dictator Postimus promissed to built them a temple when they helped the Roamns win in the battle of Lake Regillus(499BC). They both appeared at the battlefield and after Rome won they appeared at the Forum to announce the victory. In 484 BC the temple was first build.


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  • Written Jan 25, 2004
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