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Model of the so-called Tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii, Albano Laziale, Rome, attributed to Richard Dubourg
Museum number: MR4
The unusual form of this monument, located outside Albano (ancient Alba Longa), near Rome, made it a well-known sight. Its name derives from two legendary families – the Horatii of Rome and their adversaries the Curiatti from Alba Longa who were thought to be buried in the Tomb. The battle between brothers from these two rival families was set in the earliest years of Rome’s existence; in reality, the Tomb, with its distinctive ‘towers’ dates to the late Republic. The conical forms of these towers imitate earlier, Etruscan funerary monuments.
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