The Campus Martius is the massive flood plain defined by the massive curve of the Tiber River that stretches from above Piazza del Popolo to beyond the Tiber Island, roughly over a square mile. This flood plain was a place of exercise and military training in the regal period, according to tradition, the property of the Tarquin rulers. Once expelled, the land became ager publicus (public land) and dedicated to Mars (Livy 2.5.2). In the 5th Century BCE, the most important construction was the Villa Publica with the component of the Saepta for voting. Nearby, there was the Altar of Mars, although its original location has never been identified.
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