Thursday, August 11, 2011

Capitoline Wolf

Located next to the twin lakes in Eden Park, the Capitoline Wolf is a bronze statue on a white marble and granite base given to the city by the Premier of Italy, Benito Mussolini in 1931. It was given in recognition to the city for being named after Roman hero Cincinnatus. It was originally presented to the city of Cincinnati in 1929 by the Sons of Italy, but after the ceremony it was discovered that a mistake had been made and Cincinnati received a much smaller statue than was intended. The correction was made and the rededication took place in 1931.

The statue is an exact replica of a statue that was created around the 5th Century BC. It depicts a she-wolf known as, Lupa Romana (Wolf of Rome) who in ancient mythology is credited for saving and raising Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome and depicted on the statue being nursed by the wolf. The original statue still stands in the Musei Capitolini in Rome.

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