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Mons Janiculus


Mons Janiculus

The derivation and meaning of the word Ianiculum are doubtful, but there is much to be said in favor of the explanation that according to which the word denotes the "Janus-city," and was applied by the Romans to the ridge in the west, because Janus, the Sun-god, was seen each night to sink behind it, entering his own abode at the close of the day, just as the shepherds themselves entered entered their own city, the Palatium. (Platner)

Vincenzo Fasolo, "The Campo Marzio of G. B. Piranesi".




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