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'The mythical origins of Rome' at the Lavinium archaeological museum


In less than one hour from the historic center of Rome, the innovative Lavinium archaeological museum recalls the religious aura lingering in the ancient site of Lavinium (the present Pratica di Mare) and the mythical connection with its founder Aeneas, heroic progenitor of the Romans.

The mythical origins of Rome at the Lavinium archaeological museum
Terracotta statues representing the devotees to Minerva, from the votive store related to the Minerva sanctuary, dating 
between 5th-3rd century BC, first room of Tritonia Virgo, Museo Civico Archeologico "Lavinium", Pomezia 
[Credit: Milestone Rome]
As transmitted by the traditional account, the glorious origins of Rome are routed in a mythical period even earlier than the traditional founding in the 8th century BC: that one the heroes of the ancient epic poem called “Iliad” were supposed to live in.

The mythical origins of Rome at the Lavinium archaeological museum
Terracotta statue of Minerva Tritonia, from the Minerva sanctuary, dating to the 5th century BC, 
first room of Tritonia Virgo, Museo Civico Archeologico "Lavinium", Pomezia 
[Credit: Milestone Rome]
The mythical origins of Rome at the Lavinium archaeological museum
Votive terracotta bust coming from the store of Minerva sanctuary at Lavinium, second room 
of Mundus muliebris, Museo Civico Archeologico "Lavinium", Pomezia 
[Credit: Milestone Rome]
Over three thousands years ago, it is said that Aeneas, son of the goddess Aphrodite and the prince Anchises, cousin of King Priam of Troy, escaped from his falling hometown and, after a difficult peregrination, landed on the coast belonging to “Latium Vetus” in the Italian peninsula, giving origin to the glorious ancestry of Romulus and Remus.

The mythical origins of Rome at the Lavinium archaeological museum
Recreation of the monument identified as the shrine dedicated to the hero Aeneas (Heroon of Aeneas), located near the 
sanctuary of the Thirteen Altars, fifth room of Aeneas indiges, Museo Civico Archeologico "Lavinium", Pomezia 
[Credit: Milestone Rome]
The mythical origins of Rome at the Lavinium archaeological museum
Group of bronze statuettes fused with matrixes and completed with details once they got cold, from Minerva sanctuary, 
fourth room of Civitas religiosa, Museo Civico Archeologico "Lavinium", Pomezia
[Credit: Milestone Rome]
Opened in 2005, the museum displays the finds dug out in the archaeological sites of the nearby territory, dating between the 9th century BC and the Roman period, as the evidences coming from the so-called Tomb of Aeneas (also referred to as “Heroon of Aeneas”) and the sanctuary of Minerva, where the original terracotta statue of “Minerva Tritonia” dating back to the 5th century BC has been unearthed. An entire section of the museum is dedicated to the Trojan hero and his connection with the sacred area of the Thirteen Altars.


The educational devices are generous and well conceived: the plastic recreations in addition to innovative multimedia technologies contribute to present every object as the protagonist of a tangible and captivating story directly coming from a past, which wavers between myth and history.

Source: Milestone Rome [December 14, 2016]
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