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strozzi | 16:42 Fri 18th Jul 2003 | People & Places
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The US Congress building is the Capitol but the seat of government of a country is normally the capital. What's the origin of the 2 different words ?

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The words are related, in that both come from the basic Latin word 'caput' = head. 'Capital' comes from 'capitalis' meaning 'chief/main' and 'Capitol' comes from 'Capitolium', the name of the temple of Jupiter in ancient Rome, Jupiter being the chief/main god of the Romans.
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