Today we headed back to the Capitoline Museum (where their rather self-important guards insisted that I check my messenger bag) so that we could visit the Tabularium and Temple of Veiovis (sort of an anti-Jupiter, also sometimes depicted as a very young Jupiter). The lower passages of the Tabularium (which probably was not actually an archive) seem to have been used to transport coin between the Temple of Saturn and the Temple of Juno Moneta.
We then headed to Largo Argentina, where there is a series of four temples, none of which can be securely identified (although Temple B, the round one, seems to be to Fortuna Huiusque Diei—Fortune of this very day—and was vowed by Q. Lutatius Catulus after the Battle of Vercellae against the Germans in 101 B.C.). The monastery of Boethius’ family was also here, and the Largo Argentina backs up to the Porticus of the Theater of Pompey. The spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated (the Curia was being rebuilt at the time, so they met here) is covered by a modern road. The shape of the seating area of the Theater of Pompey can be seen in the modern streets and buildings, and we also went down below the Ristorante Pancrazio to see some remains of the foundations of the theater.
Finally, we took a quick walking tour of the Circus Flaminius, which now runs through what was the Jewish Ghetto. We looked at the Porticus of Octavia, behind which would have been the Temples of Juno Regina and Jupiter Stator (where Cicero gave the First Catilinarian).
For lunch I had a wonderful pizza sandwich (they fold the pizza over on itself to go), then I rested in the Centro garden and got some gelato on my way to the grocery store (tomorrow is a Roman holiday, so the stores will be closed and we need food for a picnic Saturday).
Tonight I will be watching the Italy-Germany Euro semifinal. No sheep picture today—sometimes it’s hard to remember he is along for the ride! Ciao!