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Eterna #2770 – a big birthday party for Rome

Rome is great. And we celebrate its birthday with a big party.

This is the idea behind Eterna #2770, the great celebration of Rome’s birthday. Number 2770.

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  • Where: laghetto dell’Eur, passeggiata del Giappone
  • When: april 21-23, 2017
  • Why: in Rome live people who want to make it eternal. This is the best meet some of them.

Three days to celebrate this great event with music, shows, movies, fitness, art, street food. Three days to find out more about Rome and the  actual Romans.

The city is made of people. Rome is made of heroes.

At Eterna #2770 the protagonists are all those who live Rome, daily.

The bands will play all long three days, showing the way this great city never stops to stimulate the creativity.

The movies that made Rome indelible in memory to remind us once more how this city is unforgettable.

The street artists with their works make corners of the city unforgettable, and highlight the beauty of Rome.

The food truckers selected by Tastreet every day take their traditional gastronomic specialties all around the city. They are always connected with food culture, and never forget a touch of innovation that makes them special.

Because the greatness of Rome has been made possible by the curiosity and the opening of those who live the city.

The heroes of Eterna #2770 are all those who still believe in Rome, those who, with their daily work, make it shine.

Eterna #2770.

Eterna #2770 will be a real celebration, and will not miss any of the essential elements to ensure the success of every birthday party:

Music: with the concerts by RadioSonica.

Food: the best roman street food, selected by Tastreet.

Gifts: 15 artists involved will make a work for one of the 15 municipalities of Rome.

Entertainment for adults and children: cinema and fitness for all. Activities exclusively dedicated to children are also planned. The films and shorts are selected by Kino and Sapienza Short Film Fest.

Performance: the free stage will host anyone who wants to perform.

Candles: on Friday April 21 at 23.30 the “Night of Desires” with 2770 balloons illuminated with led containing the wishes of the Romans who will fly to the sky of Rome, offering an exceptional spectacle.

(here the program)

Date of birth: April 21, 753 BC.

The tradition and the myth state that the city of Rome was founded by Romulus on April 21, 753 BC. This date was set by the historic Varro on the calculations made by the astrologer Lucio Taruzio.

In fact, the date of 21 April was chosen as the day to celebrate the foundation of the city only at the time of Augustus.

On April 21st, the day of Palilia (or Parilia) were celebrated on the Palatine Hill. This went on throughout the history of Rome. On this day were settled on a procession, the Septimontium, which departed from Germalus (or Cermalus: one of its heights on the Palatine Hill). The Septimontium touched all the places that had been home to the first settlements. At the procession were added all the inhabitants of the hills that were touched by.

The year 753 BC is the date when the populations of the original eight hills decided to join in and form a single city. It’s the moment when different villages assumed a single town identity.

What we intend as Rome is born instead much earlier. The first archaeological remains of the presence of settlements, date back to the Bronze Age, and are on the Capitol. But it is only in the Iron Age (753 BC) that the will (or necessity) is manifested as recognizing itself as a single identity.

Romulus founder of Rome?

Why does the tradition talk about of the foundation of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC if we know it was already inhabited earlier?

In ancient ideology, the birth of a city occurs when it begins to be inhabited by a population that remains until recently. Saying that Romulus founded Rome means to say that Romulus founded the city that was inhabited by the Romans (and in fact before Romulus, the Rome-to-be was called Pallanteo = Germalus in the Bronze Age 1300-1000 BC, Saturnia = Capitolium in Neolithic / Copper Age 2800-1800 BC, Gianicolo = Arx in the Palaeolithic VI millennium BC). Romolo’s “foundation” means the union of villages that existed at that time; Romulus was the guarantor in front of the gods of the collaboration between the neighboring villages.

The legend of the Rome foundation linked to the events of Romulus and Remus was just one of those circulating in Rome. Until Augustus nobody was very interested in establishing the exact birth date of the city. Rome was an extremely cosmopolitan city, and each community believed to be the oldest and founder of the city. That is the reason why the birth of Rome is related to many mythical characters.

The most common tradition about the birth of Rome was, instead, the one connected with Troyan hero Aeneas.

With Augusto, on the other hand, the version of Romulus and Remo comes to mind. In fact, they were linked to the Alban Hills (they were the grandchildren of the King of Albalonga). Since Augustus himself was originally from Velletri, encouraging the diffusion of this version tied his work directly with the founder of the city.

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