Sure, the chances of the real emperor Commodus resembling Joachim Phoenix are slim, but then so are the chances of him resembling his ancient marble portrait-bust from the Esquiline Hill
in Rome, which shows him in the guise of Hercules, or indeed his portrayal in primary sources such as Dio Cassius, Herodian and the Augustan History.
Its castellum, or terminal reservoir, was on the Esquiline Hill
, near the 4th-century temple of Minerva Medica.
The term appears to be linked to an early Christian church on the Esquiline Hill
in Rome, known since the 7th century as Sancta Maria ad praesepe; tradition holds that the remains of the holy manger were brought and sheltered there.
The Es Hotel in Rome is up on the Esquiline Hill
across the street from the southern flank of the magnificent Termini station--a quarter from which tourists normally wish to flee as soon as possible, even when they arrive by train.
(7) Recently Jeffrey Masten, broadening the anatomical significance of Spenser's "Port Esquiline," has noted that Spenser's "passage thus associates the body part [the rectum] with the gate near Rome's Esquiline Hill
, used as a pauper's cemetery in antiquity.
'Twas in the fourth century, according to the story, that the Virgin Mary appeared to Pope Liberius in a dream, commanding him to build a church on the Esquiline Hill
on the spot where the snow would fall on August 5.
The famous group of sculpture representing these three in their death agony, now in the Vatican, was discovered in 1506, on the Esquiline Hill
In the middle of Rome between the Palatine and Esquiline hills