|Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum in Italy. Photo is property of EuroTravelogue™ and unauthorized use is prohibited.|
31 May 2010
The Roman Forum - Temple of Castor and Pollux
On your guided tour through the Roman Forum, be sure to stop and admire the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Originally erected in 495 B.C., these three Corinthian columns are remnants from the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. during two reconstruction periods. If you don't recall from ancient history and mythology, Castor and Pollux were the Dioscuri or twins of Gemini - the twin sons of Zeus or Jupiter in Roman mythology and according to legend, Castor and Pollux appeared on this site disguised as two horsemen watering their horses declaring victory for the young Imperial Rome after a battle with its previous King and his allies, the Latins. Read more about the Roman Forum guided tour and check out the virtual tour!