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Remoria

p447 Article on pp447‑448 of

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


Remoria: a locality connected with the Remus legend. According to what is probably the earliest form of the tradition (Dionys. I.85; orig. gent. Rom. 23), it was a hill near the Tiber, five miles down stream from the Palatine, where Remus wished to build the future city, and where he was buried (Dionys. I.87). The same tradition is preserved in Festus (276): Remurinus ager dictus quia possessus est a Remo, et habitatio Remi Remona, where Remona is only a variant for Remoria.

Uncertainty as to the place where Remus took the auspices is seen in the words of Festus, following those just quoted: sed et locus in summo Aventino Remoria dicitur, ubi Remus de urbe condenda fuerat auspicatus, and in Dionysius (i.86), where we read that some believed the Aventine was the place appointed, others the Remoria.

p448 Finally, in Plutarch's version (Rom. 9, 11), the highest part of the Aventine is the auguraculum and burial place of Remus, but under the names Ῥεμώνιον, Ῥεμώνια, or, 'as it is now called,' Ῥιγνάριον (HJ 174). Whatever the connection between these variants may be, in historical times Remoria was a part of the eastern Aventine near S. Balbina, and was apparently identified with Saxum, 'the Rock,' the spot where Remus took the auspices (Cic. de domo 136; Ov. Fast. V.148‑150; cf. Bona Dea Subsaxana).

See HJ 181‑182; Gilb. II.201‑204; Glotta i.293‑294; Hermes, 1881, 15‑17; Merlin 108‑109, and literature cited there; BC 1914, 344‑345; CIL I2.971 = vi.566 = 30794.


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