Location on Forum Plan

Via Sacra
Lapis Niger
Curia (Senate House)
Basilica Aemilia
Templum Antonini et Faustinae
Basilica Constantini
Templum Veneris et Romae
Arcus Titi
Atrium Vestae
Templum Vestae
Templum Juli
Templum Castoris
Basilica Julia
Templum Saturni
Templum Divi Vespasiani
Templum Concordiae
Lacus Curtius
Miliarium Aureum
Arcus Septimii Serveri
Carcer (Prison)

Lacus Curtius

There are three stories about the Lacus Curtius. One is that the site that had been struck by lightning. The consul Curtius inclosed the area with a stone fence in 445 B.C. The second story is that at the beginning of the royal era, a chasm appeared suddenly in the center of the Forum valley. Soothsayers declared it could be closed only by a sacrifice of what the Romans hold dear; a youth named Curtius leapt on horseback into the gap which promptly closed behind him therefore allowing Rome to endure. The third, is that a Sabine, Mettius Curtius, rode his horse into the swamp in the center of the Forum to escape Romulus.

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please contact any of the project developers with suggestions or comments:
Leslie Flood,Germantown High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Cindy Pope, StarNet Television Network,San Antonio, Texas
Joan Jahnige, Kentucky Educational Television , Lexington, Kentucky
Randy Thompson, Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, Texas