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Clivus Capitolinus

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Clivus Capitolinus
Clivus capitolinus starting near the temple of Saturn. | Photo: Ursus | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Clivus Capitolinus (“Capitoline Ascension”) road was the main road to the Roman Capitol. The road continued Via Sacra and stretched from the Forum Romanum to the Temple of Jupiter the Greatest. Clivus Capitolinus was the last and most important leg of the Roman triumphal route. It is worth mentioning that this road was one of the oldest in Rome.

It is said that Julius Caesar travelled the entire route on his knees to reverse the evil omen that had arisen during his triumph. On a daily basis, the road was very crowded and there were many collisions and injuries. The most common problems arose when mules pulling a cart with too much load uphill had to stop in the crowd of pedestrians. It was said to be the most dangerous then.

  • McKeown J. C., A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire, 2010

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