Lake Nemi

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Lake Nemi
Lago di Nemi
Panorama view from Sacret Way of Nemi Lake 104.jpg
Panoramic view
Location Lazio
Coordinates 41°42′44″N 12°42′09″E / 41.71222°N 12.70250°E / 41.71222; 12.70250
Basin countries Italy
Surface area 1.67 km2 (0.64 sq mi)
Max. depth 33 m (108 ft)
Surface elevation 325 m (1,066 ft)

Lake Nemi (Italian: Lago di Nemi, Latin: Nemorensis Lacus, also called Diana's Mirror, Latin: Speculum Dianae) is a small circular volcanic lake in the Lazio region of Italy 30 km (19 mi) south of Rome, taking its name from Nemi, the largest town in the area, that overlooks it from a height.

Archaeology and history[edit]

The lake is most famous for its sunken Roman ships. These ships were very large and technologically advanced for their time.

The lake is sacred to the goddess Diana and the site of the festival Nemoralia. Emperors Caligula and Tiberius sailed Lake Nemi not merely to cool off in summer, but to assert themselves as Nemorensis, rulers aligning with the Stars, wedded to Earth's perpetual life-force.

At the Hotel Diana on the Western edge of the crater at Via Nemorense, there is a fine exhibit of the archeological excavation of the late 1920s which exposed the enormous structure which Caligula built.

The lake in art and literature[edit]

Painting by John Robert Cozens (c. 1777)

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Coordinates: 41°42′44″N 12°42′09″E / 41.71222°N 12.70250°E / 41.71222; 12.70250