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Niger Lapis


jacob stentz

on 19 February 2010

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Transcript of Niger Lapis

aka "The Rock" What is it? Significance of Location One of four possibilities:

1.) The burial site of Romulus
2.) The place at which Romulus was killed
3.) The burial site of Hostus Hostilius (grandfather of Tullus)
4.) The place where Faustulus (Romulus's foster father) fell in battle Niger Lapis means "black rock" ...it's pretty much a big black rock, except its actually marble

Contains the oldest known latin inscription, which is a dedication to a "rex"

Much significance to the location of the site where it is found History of "The Rock" Referred to as a "suggestum" where a Roman king would address large crowds or the senate

An alter was believed to have been added (only the base remains of it now), which could have been used for sacrifices

Probably had to be rebuilt at one point, possibly by Julius Caesar Inscription on "The Rock" Dedicated to a "rex," which probably referred to a Roman King, but could also refer to the Rex Sacrorum, a high religious official in the republic

Warned of curses against anyone who disturbed the site, and emphasized sanctity of the site

Written back and forth from left to right, then right to left, which was an early way to write in Latin

Oldest known writing in Latin The Comitium It was the center of political activity during the republic, and housed
"The Rock"

Senate met in the Curia

Speakers' platform was called the Rostra

This is where the King could have made sacrifices or speeches

Two bases were added in addition to the alter, called the vulcanal, with statues of resting lions on them (only the bases survive) THE END
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