The History Of TEMPLVM?
The history of the TEMPLUM Project started initially as Collegium ProDiis of Nova Roma organization. There was one topic among many interesting discussions on the Nova Roma forum that drew our attention to it – ager publicus (a public land). It is of utmost importance for any community claiming to be a follower of the Religio to have a parcel of consecrated land at least to be able to conduct there its sacred rites and erect its altars. And we decided – we are a civitas, we need a sacred space for the Gods and Goddesses to be able to come and bless us with Their presence.
So we just found a parcel and bought it.
Then we defined, inaugurated, and consecrated the small ground of about 10 by 10 feet and erected the first modern altar to Iuppiter there. Because – Ab Iove principium!
We started performing regular rites to Iuppiter and soon decided that the altar was a good beginning, but there must be a temple. So we invited Pontifex Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus from Nova Roma for our regular Feriae Sarmatarum - the Sarmatian Festival. Pontifex Lentulus had made Marcus Lucretius Agricola an Augur and together we defined, inaugurated, and consecrated the new, wider templum, broke the ground, and placed the first stone in the foundation of the future Temple of Iuppiter. The templum was 20 by 40 feet now. The three of us – Titus Iunius Brutus, Appius Furius Lupus, and Marcus Octavius Corvus had brought a Votum Sarmatarum – a sacred promise to the Gods and Goddesses to raise altars, build temples, and create civitates - communities - for the glory of Immortals.
And we just couldn’t miss such an opportunity – like having a Pontifex and an Augur in one place and we conducted 3 Roman confarreatio weddings at a time!
The next year the construction began. We heartily thank people who believed in us after seeing just a photo of a tractor digging the ground and donated the first money to help us build the temple. Their names are mentioned during the yearly festival of the Temple dedication on September 9. Although we never knew most of these people in person, this tradition will be kept as long as the Temple exists. We do hope this was the most effective investment in their lives! The list of those noble Romans can be found on our website - www.templvm.org
According to the Votum Sarmatarum, we had 9 years to complete the construction of the first Temple to Iuppiter, but we thought to ourselves – what the heck! – the longer we build the longer we keep ourselves from starting the direct and full-scale communication with the Gods! And we decided to speed up!
The History Of TEMPLVM?