A street of Rome where Cicero, Pompey, and others of the principal Romans lived. From the
, which Vergil applies to the Carinae, we may infer that
the houses which stood in this quarter of ancient Rome were distinguished by an air of
superior elegance and grandeur (
Aen. viii. 361
foll.). The name Carinae is probably derived from the
street's position in a hollow between the Coelian, Esquiline, and Palatine hills.