Temple of Castor and Pollux

The three columns left from the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Forum, Rome, Italy. It was finished in 484 B.C. as thanks to Castor and Pollux, (the Dioscuri or "twins" of Gemini) for their mythical aid in the battle of Lake Regillus.

 

 

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    Vowed in hope of victory at the legendary Battle of Lake Regillus, when the Dioscuri appeared on this spot after the battle Dedicated in 484 BC restored in 117 BC, rebuilt by Tiberius (who rededicated it in AD 6) with the spoils of the German campaign (Suetonius, XX), and incorporated by Caligula as the vestibule of his palacethe Temple of Castor and Pollux (aedes Castoris) frequently served as a meeting place for the Senate and was where the standards of weights and measures were kept. There was a high podium, with stairs leading down to a rostra and, in the intercolumniations at the base, a series of chambers (loculi). Originally, the front of the podium was designed to provide a tribunal or platform for speaking; but, by the early third century, the lateral stairs had been replaced by a single flight in front. Clodius completely demolished the steps, effectively transforming it into a fortress.
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Taken on October 11, 2006
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