13 Facts About Ancus Marcius


Ancus Marcius was the legendary fourth king of Rome, who traditionally reigned 24 years.

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Ancus Marcius is said to have ruled by waging war as Romulus did, while promoting peace and religion as Numa did.

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Ancus Marcius was believed by the Romans to have been the namesake of the Marcii, a plebeian family.

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Ancus Marcius was thus the grandson of Numa and therefore a Sabine.

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Ancus Marcius reinstated the religious edicts that were created by Numa that had been removed when Tullus was king.

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Ancus Marcius waged war successfully against the Latins, and a number of them were settled on the Aventine Hill.

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Ancus Marcius incorporated the Janiculum into the city, fortifying it with a wall and connecting it with the city by a wooden bridge across the Tiber, the Pons Sublicius.

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Ancus Marcius took over Fidenea to expand Rome's influence across the Tiber.

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Ancus Marcius then extended the Roman territory, founding the port of Ostia, establishing salt-works around the port, and taking the Silva Maesia, an area of coastal forest north of the Tiber, from the Veientes.

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Ancus Marcius expanded the temple of Jupiter Feretrius to reflect these territorial successes.

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Ancus Marcius is reported to have died of natural causes after a rule of 24 years.

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Ancus Marcius had two sons, one of which would likely take the throne.

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Ancus Marcius was succeeded by his friend Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, who was ultimately assassinated by the sons of Ancus Marcius.

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