The circular Temple of Romulus, in the Forum Romanum, was dedicated to Valerius Romulus, the son of the emperor Maxentius, who died in 309 and was duly deified.
By some miracle, the original bronze doors of the temple have survived. The doors are set between two porphyry columns, which support a slab of recycled marble entablature.
Early in the sixth century, the Temple of Divus Romulus was converted into a vestibule for the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, which also occupied the southwest corner of Vespasian's Temple of Peace.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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