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Rome's Holy Mountain: The Capitoline Hill in Late Antiquity

Jason Moralee


Rome’s Capitoline Hill was the smallest of the Seven Hills of Rome. Yet in the long history of the Roman state it was the empire’s holy mountain. The hill was the setting of many of Rome’s most beloved stories, involving Aeneas, Romulus, Tarpeia, and Manlius. It also held significant monuments, including the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, a location that marked the spot where Jupiter made the hill his earthly home in the age before humanity. This book follows the history of the Capitoline Hill into late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, asking what happened to a holy mountain as the emp ... More

Keywords: Capitol, Capitoline, Campidoglio, holy mountain, Rome, late antiquity, Christianization, topography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190492274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Moralee, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst