Civic Freedom


A statue of Marsyas was placed in the Roman Forum near the "Comitium".
Mauro Servio Onorato, at the end of the fourth century, wrote:

"The cause of what we have said of Libero, is that he is the symbol of free cities. In fact, among our ancestors the cities were either subject to tribute, or allied, or free. But in the free cities there was a statue of Marsyas , which is subject to the Father Libero ".

"Who (Father Libero), as we have already said, is rightly the tutelary god of civic freedom: for this reason also Marsyas, his acolyte, (whose statue) is placed in the forum of the cities, is a sort of symbol of freedom, and with his hand raised he affirms that the city lacks nothing ".