Tempio di Ercole
The temple of Hercules, built between the late 2nd and early 1st century BC, stood on a high podium and had a porch with six columns along the front, accessed by a staircase.
Inside the porch stands a copy of a votive statue of Cartilius Poplicola, a leading figure in Ostia’s history during the 1st century BC, depicted as a resting athlete.
The cult was oracular in nature, as we know from the marble relief found near the temple and dedicated by a haruspex (priest), depicting the miraculous discovery in the sea of a statue of the armed Hercules, and a subsequent scene of divination: the god’s iconography and the reference to an event of war suggest that the cult had military as well as commercial connotations.
The cult’s importance is evidenced by its remarkable persistence, documented by the restorations of the temple until the 4th century AD.
- The Central Area and the Official Complexes
- Molino del Silvano
- Casa di Diana
- Thermopolium di Via di Diana
- Museo - Casone del Sale
- Mensola della Sinagoga
- Caseggiato dei Dolii
- Insula di Giove e Ganimede
- Castrum repubblicano
- Caseggiato dei Triclini e Foro della Statua Eroica
- Cd. Sacellum dei Lares Augusti
- Tempio di Roma e Augusto
- Latrina presso le Terme del Foro
- Terme del Foro
- Palestra delle Terme del Foro
- Cd. Curia
- Tempio Rotondo
- Caseggiato del Larario
- Horrea Epagathiana et Epaphrodithiana
- Area Sacra Repubblicana
- Tempio di Ercole
- Terme di Buticoso
- Cd. Piccolo Mercato