Saturday, October 13, 2012

Number Six's Latin Quarterly Project

Below is the text. She worked hard on it, methodically and accurately. We are very, very proud of our excellent student!

The Temple of Juno Moneta is located on the “Arx” (one of the peaks) of the Capitoline Hill. It was vowed by Marcus Furius Camillus, the Roman dictator at the time.  The Temple was built by duoviri (two important men) who were appointed by the Senate.  It was dedicated on June 1, 344 BC.
          Scholars are unsure whether the word “moneta” is referring to the Latin word monēre, to warn, or to the English word money, because there are stories involving both words.          It is said that once the Gauls were planning to invade Rome on a night attack. There was a Roman soldier sleeping near the temple, and the sacred geese, which were housed in all Juno’s temples, woke up the soldier with their squawking.
          Interestingly, the Roman mint was located in the basement of the Temple of Juno Moneta, which is why “moneta” might be referring to money.          Today, the temple is a Catholic church called Santa Maria in Aracoeli (Saint Mary of the Altar in the air). It may have been built in the sixth century AD, with some improvements in the 13th century.  It is ironic that this place used to be a Roman worship space, and now it is a Christian place of worship.  

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