Temple of Jupiter, Pompeii

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    Temple of Jupiter

    by Evenith666 Written Jan 17, 2010

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    The Temple of Jupiter is the most important, and thus prominent, building in the forum. Everyone in the town would visit here frequently to give offerings to the King of the Gods. Much of the grandeur of the temple, as with many buildings, was destroyed in an Earthquake several years prior to the eruption. Being the King of the Gods, Jupiter’s temple would be on a par with the Temple of Venus.
    For more information on Jupiter and the other gods and goddesses in Pompeii, see my Local Customs tips.

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    Temple of jupiter

    by orlandom Updated Feb 21, 2006

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    The Temple of Jupiter, the name of the temple derives from its original function in the samnite period. Following the towns colonization the temple became a capitalism, a temple dedicated to the capitalize triad of Jupiter, juno and Minerva, according to the religious tradition of Rome, that required that every town center must have a temple dedicated to the most important gods of Mont Olympus. So this is why this temple is in the center of the Forum. There is also a colossal torso statue of Jupiter in the center of the temple, and 2 arches on both side of the temple.

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    Temple of Jupiter

    by dvideira Updated May 5, 2004

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    The Temple of Jupiter rises in the middle of the north side of the Forum, with Mount Vesuvius as its background.

    It is from the second century BC and shows a high podium with a staircase on the front over which the cells rises. Later on ( 80 BC ) it was transformed in a Capitolium consecrated to the Capitoline Triad, composed of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva

    There we can see two other triumphal arches. The one on the left side of the Temple was dedicated to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. The other one, on the right side of the Temple was built for Emperor Nero.

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    Jupiter's Temple

    by barryg23 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Jupiter's Temple

    At the northern end of the forum stands the Tempio di Giove (Temple of Jupiter), dedicated to the head of the Roman pantheon, Jupiter. The temple had been damaged by an earthquake prior to the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79.

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    Temple of Jupiter

    by sandysmith Written Jul 7, 2003

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    The temple of Jupiter, at the end of the Forum nearest Vesuvius, was probably the most prominent site of worship in Pompei at one time. The goddesses Juno and Minerva were also worshiped at this temple.

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    The Jupiter Temple

    by Venturingnow Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A wonderful view

    The Temple of Jupiter was built in the second century B.C., and closes the forum square on the north. Dedicated to Juno, Minerva, and Jupiter, it had a vestible or pronaos of twelve Corinthian columns, three on each side and six at the front. Inside, the cella had mosaic marble floors but they aren't that visible today at all.

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    Temple of Jupiter

    by TRimer Written Oct 12, 2002
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    The forum was a large rectangular area in the south-west of Pompeii and was the heart of the town. It was surrounded by colonnades and was a pedestrian area only. Statues of important citizens were situated around the forum. It was the religious, commercial, and civic centre for the whole town. The forum contained the main temples in the town such as the Temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of the Lares and the Temple of Vespasian.

    The Temple of Jupiter occupies the most dominant position in the forum. It was dedicated to Jupiter, the king of the gods, together with Juno and Minerva. The temple stands on a high raised platform which can be seen in the picture. A large head of Jupiter can be seen on this raised platform. The pronaos or porch in front of the cella had six Corinthian columns along the front, which can be seen in the picture, and three down each side. In front of the temple is the altar.

    The temple was badly damaged in 62 A.D. and was still being restored when Pompeii was destroyed in 79 A.D.. A relief sculpture from the house of Lucius Caecilius Iucundus shows the Temple of Jupiter and its statues leaning heavily to the left in the earthquake of 62 A.D.

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    Temple of Jupiter

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 2, 2005

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    This dates from the 2nd century BC. The building was converted into a Capitolium and dedicated to the worship of the ‘Capitoline Triad’ (Jupiter, Juno, Minerva).

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    The temple of Jupiter

    by mardaska Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    The temple of Jupiter

    This temple is situated on the south side of the forum and it wa dedicated to the triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. On the front side one can see the remains of 6 Corinthian style columns.

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