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The highest of the seven hills of ancient Rome. It was the historic and religious center of the city.

Cap′i·to·line′ adj.


(ˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪn; kəˈpɪtəʊ-)
(Placename) the Capitoline the most important of the Seven Hills of Rome. The temple of Jupiter was on the southern summit and the ancient citadel on the northern summit
1. (Placename) of or relating to the Capitoline or the temple of Jupiter
2. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the Capitoline or the temple of Jupiter


(ˈkæp ɪ tlˌaɪn)
1. one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built.
2. of or pertaining to the Capitoline or to the ancient temple of Jupiter that stood on this hill.
[1610–20; < Latin Capitōlīnus; see Capitol, -ine1]
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He was sitting at vespers on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, the center of ancient Roman greatness, and the barefooted Catholic friars were singing the service of the hour in the shabby church which has long since supplanted the Roman Capitol.
Since Imperial Roman times, the Capitoline Hill was central to political, social, and sacred life.
Some of them are famous, and discovered by every eager tourist, such as the view of the Roman Forum from the Capitoline Hill, while others are harder to find.
They employed the neoclassical style of architecture, the Palladian style, for their state buildings; and they named the building that housed Congress Capitol Hill (spelled with an o), after Rome's Capitoline Hill.
At the Laurentian library, Ackerman wrote, "the visitor was impelled to move, but still along a fixed axis and through independent spaces; the next stage, represented by the Capitoline Hill and the projects for San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, imposed a variety of radial axes on a unified space, allowing the visitor a multiple choice of movements.
A couple of blocks from the Capitoline hill, the site of the most important temple of ancient Rome overlooking the Roman Forum, transformed in the Renaissance by Michelangelo and from which all capital cities take their cue, it is equally close to the ruins of Republican and Imperial Rome, such as the Theatre of Marcellus and the Roman forum.
The other day they were shooting on the Capitoline Hill (a stand-in for the Vatican) with tourists gawking, some reportedly wondering if Ganz was Rome's "third pope.
Ridden with supreme confidence by Barry Cash, the filly quickened smartly between the final two flights and beat Capitoline Hill by an easy two and a half lengths.
After consulting the Bible guidebook we decided to avoid tourist touts for the time being and spent the day in Ancient Rome which lies just south of the Capitoline Hill and where the hordes of people were not to be found.
For the painting, Turner has taken as his viewpoint the top of Capitoline Hill and from here he depicts a scene that unfolds as the spectator's eye first engages with the Forum, flanked by the Arch of Septimus Severus, the Temple of Saturn and the Coliseum.
Anne--to whom he was especially devoted--at a memorable banquet in his garden on the side of the Capitoline Hill, near Trajan's Forum (Bober; Coffin: 233; D'Amico: 108-9; Gnoli 1930; Ijsewijn 1990).
His equestrian statue gracing the Capitoline Hill in Rome represents him well.