Ancus Marcius is in many ways merely a duplicate of Numa, as is shown by his second name, Numa Marcius - the confidant and pontifex of Numa, being none other than Numa Pompilius himself, represented as a priest. The identification with Ancus is shown by the legend which makes the latter a bridge-builder (pontifex), the constructor of the first wooden bridge over the Tiber. It is in the exercise of his priestly functions that the resemblance is most clearly shown. Like Numa, Ancus died a natural death. He was succeeded, not by his sons, but by Lucius Tarquinius Priscus.
This little-known 'Pompeii' delights in some big ways: Great views, few crowds at Ostia Antica.(Features)(Travel)
Jul 30, 2002; Byline: Rita Colorito Special to The Christian Science Monitor OSTIA ANTICA, ITALY -- After three days under the scorching sun,...