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p55 Asylum

Article on pp55‑56 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.


Asylum: an enclosed area in the depression (inter duos lucos) between the two summits of the Capitoline (see Mons Capitolinus). The name was explained by the story that Romulus welcomed here the refugees from surrounding communities (Verg. Aen. II.761, and Serv. VIII.342; Liv. I.8; Dionys. II.15; Strabo V.230; Tac. Hist. III.71; Plut. Rom. 9; Cass. Dio XLVII.19; Vell. I.8; Flor. I.1; Schol. Iuv. VIII.273; p56de vir. ill. 2.1). Asylum and Inter Duos Lucos (q.v.) were sometimes synonymous terms (Jord. I.2.117).

Asylum Cereris: according to Varro (ap. Non. 44) the right of asylum existed in the temple of Ceres Liber et Libera (q.v.).


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