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Civic Rituals In Imperial Ostia

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In general, the Fasti Ostienses reinforce the picture of Ostia which has emerged so far. The town had close ties to Rome, and day-to- day events in the capital, mainly public spectacles which can be included under the heading 'rituals', seem to have been of importance for Ostians. The principles that guided the choice of which Ostian events to include escape us, and it is surprising that so few local entries appear in the Fasti. It cannot be a question of a representative selection of public events in Rome's port. The river harbour of Ostia has been identified, as well as the remains of a temple on top of what seems to have been the navalia. The rituals which we know took place in connection with the temple of the Castores were probably played out very much in the public eye, in a highly visible location.

Keywords: castores; civic rituals; imperial Ostia; navalia; Rome



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