Castor and PolluxProctectors of cavallery, horse races and the equestrian order Roman Religion and Mythology / Lexicon
Castor and Pollux were very popular in early Rome. Their temple on the the Forum Romanum is from 484 BCE.
The cult of the Dioscuri, as they are also called, came to Rome from Greece via Magna Graecia.
There were twins brothers, sons of Zeus and Leda, and originally called Castor and Polydeuces.
Castor and Pollux were very able horsemen and therefore protectors of the cavallery, the horse races and of the Roman equestrian order.
Prints of the photographs are available — read more here.
The pictures above are taken in the following locations:
- Juturna - Water nymph and goddess of wells and springs (Roman Religion and Mythology, Lexicon)
- Spring of Juturna - The fountain where Castor and Pollux watered their horses (Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy)
- Temple of Castor and Pollux - Temple vowed after the battle of Lake Regillus in 496 BCE (Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy)
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