Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CCR Walks with Olivia: Mithraeum of Circus Maximus and Case Romane del Celio - December 14, 2013

Special permission secured for access to the Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus. 

To ancient peoples, winter solstice meant feasting and celebrating the end of the old cycle, and the beginning of the new one. That is probably why a subterranean temple to the god Mithras, who was supposed to guarantee the seasonal cycle, was built close to Rome's largest circus, the Circus Maximus. The Mithraeum, one of the largest of its kind found so far in Rome, was discovered lying 14 metres beneath a pasta factory which had been converted into a warehouse for Rome's Opera house. It still holds some of the original sculptures which helped define the beliefs and ceremonies which took place there in the 3rd century AD.

Following out visit of the Mithreum, we will walk over to the Celian Hill to inspect the Case Romane del Celio located under the Medieval church of San Pietro e Paolo. It is a wonderfully preserved corner of ancient Rome.

When: Saturday, December 14, 2013 
Time: 10 a.m. The walk lasts about two and a half hours, starting promptly at 10. Those who would like to have a coffee beforehand may start gathering at 9:30 at a coffee bar that will be specified in the confirmation email. 
Meeting Point: Circo Massimo area. The exact meeting point will be sent out to registered participants. 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 for non-members. Please note: 4 euro entrance to the Mitreum, and a 6 euro entrance to the Case Romane. 
RSVP required by Wednesday, December 12, 2013 ATTN Linda at canadarome@gmail.com or Olivia at oliviaercoli1@gmail.com. You are financially responsible for your reservation. 
NOTE: Please bring correct change, familiarize yourself with the meeting place ahead of time and make sure you are ready to depart promptly.