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Capitol
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In the narrow sense, Capitol (Lat. caput, “head”) refers to the part of the mons Capitolinus which faces the Tiber; in a broader sense it refers to the whole hill including the arx (“fortress”), which was at one time connected to the Quirinal, and the hollow, known as the Asylum, between the two hilltops. Additionally, the Capitol is the name of the principal temple in Rome and its colonies, the aedes Capitolina of Jupiter, Juno, Minerva, and for any symbolic place which demonstrates the Roman relationship between religion and power in a physically imp…

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Cancik, Hubert, “Capitol”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02747>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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