In Rome the sacred woods evoked the ancient great forests
where the towns had been built. As it often happened, it was part of a forest.
Here the Sacred Wood of the Furies
in the centre of the picture close to the Aurelian Wall, is not particularly thick,
but was nevertheless part of a protected zone. The Romans who were practically minded,
often used these woods for productive purposes. On the contrary flocks were generally
prohibited to avoid sheep to eat young shoots.
On the right side the Furina Spring
goddess of the republican time who is thought to be associated with water.
This wood on the Janiculum witnessed Caius Gracchus' death as he let himself be executed
by his slave in 121 b.C.