Capitoline Museums

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The Capitoline Museums (Italian: Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archaeological museums in the Piazza del Campidoglio on top of the famous Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy.

The statue of a mounted rider in the center of the piazza is of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (it is a copy, the original being housed on-site in the Capitoline museums). Many Roman statues were destroyed on the orders of Christian Church authorities in the middle ages; this statue was preserved in the erroneous belief that it depicted the Emperor Constantine, who made Christianity the official state religion of the Roman empire.

Of interest to Epicurean scholars, the stanza dei filosofi (English: "room of the philosophers") is the perennial home of the Epicurus/Metrodorus double-herm, as well as a second smaller bust of Epicurus.

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