Leaving the chapel of the Lares, still on the left side of the Alta Semita,
we notice in a short distance an important temple, the temple of Quirinus
This temple was considered as one of oldest monuments of Rome, was repaired in
293 by Papirius Cursor, burnt down in 43 and restaured by Augustus.
The temple stood on an esplanade surrounded by a portico, the Portico of Quirinus
Two myrtles kept the entrance, the Myrtle of Plebeia and the Myrtle of Patricia
on the right side of the temple of Quirinus had been
lived in by a famous writer, M. Valerius Martialis
. Slightly slantwise,
opposite to the temple of Quirinus, stood a small altar, built by order
of the Emperor Domitian to commemorate the fire of 64 under Nero,
the Altar of Nero’s fire
. You can hardly notice it between the
two buildings in the foreground.