See also:ancient Rome . It is said that in 362 B.C. a deep gulf opened in the forum, which the seers declared would never close until Rome's most valuable possession was thrown into it . Then Curtius, a youth of
See also:family, recognizing that nothing was more precious than a brave
See also:citizen, leaped, fully armed and on horseback, into the chasm, which immediately closed again . The spot was afterwards covered by a
See also:marsh called the Lacus Curtius . Two other explanations of the name Lacus Curtius are given: (I) a
See also:Sabine general, Mettius (or Mettus) Curtius, hard pressed by the Romans under
See also:Romulus, leaped into a swamp which covered the valley afterwards occupied by the forum, and barely escaped with his
See also:life; (2) in 445 B.C. the spot was struck by
See also:lightning, and en-closed as sacred by the
See also:Gaius Curtius . It was marked by an
See also:altar which was removed to make
See also:room for the
See also:games in celebration of Caesar's funeral (Pliny, Nat . Hist. xv . 77), butrestored by
See also:Augustus (cf . Ovid,
See also:Fasti, vi . 403), in whose
See also:time there was apparently nothing but a dry well . The altar seems to have been restored early in the 4th century A.D . In
See also:April 1904, on the N. side of the Via Sacra and 20 ft .
N.W. of the Equus Domitiani, remains of the buildings were discovered . See
See also:Livy i . 12, vii . 6; DionHalic. ii . 42; Varro, De lingua
See also:Latina, v . 148; Ch . Hulsen, The
See also:Roman Forum (Eng. trans. of 2nd ed., J . B .
See also:Carter, 1906); O .
See also:Gilbert, Geschichte and Topographie der Siadt Rom
See also:im Altertum, i . (1883), 334—338 .
ERNST CURTIUS (1814-1896)
CURULE (Lat. currus, " chariot ")
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