Scalae Gemoniae: The Stairs of Death

Not too far from Tarpeian Rock, a cliff on Capitoline Hill in the center of Rome, where convicted criminals were once flung to their deaths, there stood another gruesome execution site. It was a flight of stairs leading from the Arx of Capitoline Hill down to the Roman Forum below. Near the stairs stood Mamertine Prison, where many of the criminals who met horrific deaths at the stairs were imprisoned.

Gemonian stairs

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A section of the Gemonian stairs in Rome. Photo: RussieseO/


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