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Digitally mapping June Regina in ancient Rome


Juno, queen of the pantheon, served as a tutelary goddess of Rome. The Temple of Juno Regina on the Aventine ranked as one of the most important religious sanctuaries in the city. The temple's introduction to Rome's landscape and controversial location pose several questions as to Juno's role in the Roman pantheon, and Rome's role as caput mundi, that is, as the capital of an expanding empire. This project applies modern mapping techniques and Geographic Information System (GIS) software to questions of Republican Rome's social and religious topography. Using digital technology, we gain a deeper understanding of how an ancient viewer would have experienced the city. This personal experience directly connects to a larger, often intentional, ideological presentation of the city. Through construction of temples and monuments, the strategic placement of such, and religious iconography, Romans crafted an image that projected their own self-identity to themselves and to the rest of the Mediterranean.


Rosenwasser, Max, "Digitally mapping June Regina in ancient Rome" (2015). Summer Research Symposium. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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