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According to Roman mythology, an earthquake in 362 BC caused a deep pit to open up in the Roman Forum. The citizens of Rome tried in vain to fill it and were advised by the oracle that the gods demanded Rome’s most precious possession. A young soldier named Marcus Curtius knew that this was youth and the courage of the Romans. He rode his horse into the chasm, which closed over them both, so saving Rome.
probably about 1520-30
Oil on wood
H 25.4 x W 19.4 cm