Saturday, December 13, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 13

Bronze doors of a 4th century AD temple in the Roman Forum. Medieval sources and the current sign says it is dedicated to Romulus, the son of Maxentius. Recent evidence seems to indicate that it was originally a Temple of Jupiter and rededicated by Maxentius to his son who had died young. The building was eventually converted back by Constantine into a temple for the cult of Jupiter and the Penates, the Roman household gods.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! behold, thy King cometh unto thee! He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen. 
From Handel's Messiah: Part I
Soprano Air

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