Sacred Landscape in Early Rome
Preliminary Notes on the Relationship between Space, Religious Beliefs and Urbanisation
The relationship between strategies of territorial occupation and religious beliefs has been of
great importance for ancient urbanisation, particularly during the early stages of the process.
Strategies adopted during this more or less long period responded not only to economic con-
siderations and functionality, but also to complex systems of religious beliefs, developed in
correlation with the surrounding landscape. The position of public buildings, above all those
of a sacred and/or sacred-political character, was never casual and has played an important
role in creating a sacred-ritual landscape, a fil rouge which through processions and other
forms of interaction connected different parts of a city. With a specific regard to the city of
Rome, this preliminary study highlights the formation of a sacred landscape at the beginning
of the urbanisation process, between the end of the Iron Age and the Orientalising period.