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The Ara Pacis or Altar of Peace

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Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace)

This marble altar is dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of Peace and was commissioned in 13 BC to honor Emperor Augustus after his return to Rome. The altar is currently located in Museum of Ara Pacis (on Lungotevere in Augustua) but once was located on the Campus Martius. Images on the altar include depictions of Augustus, Agrippa, Julia,…

Temple of Augustan Peace

After the return of Augustus and Agrippa the Senate decided to erect a monument in their honor to celebrate the period of peace. A notable aspect of this monument is the depiction of two young boys once believed to be Gaius and Lucius, but who may in fact be young barbarians. The child shown with Agrippa clearly has a diadem, long curly hair,…

Ara Pacis

The Ara Pacis, Ara Pacis Augustae, or the "Altar of Augustan Peace" is an altar and monument commissioned by the Senate and People of Rome in 13BCE to honor the emperor Augustus' conquests in Hispania and Gaul. The altar's construction marked an era of implied peace and prosperity, as indicated by its dedication to the Pax, the Roman goddess of…

South Wall Frieze of the Ara Pacis

South wall frieze of the 'Altar of Augustan Peace,' as the entire monument is known. It was originally located on the northern outskirts of Rome, in the northeastern corner of the Campus Martius; following its reassembly in the early twentieth century, it was located inside its own designated museum.

Ara Pacis

The Ara Pacis was an altar dedicated to the Emperor Augustus by the Roman Senate upon his return from Hispania and Gaul. It signified that Augustus had brought peace to the Roman Empire. It is housed in the Museo dell'Ara Pacis at Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma
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The Ara Pacis or Altar of Peace

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The Ara Pacis, or Altar of Peace, was a piece commissioned by the Senate and people of Rome, commemorating the success of Augustus during his battles in Spain and Gaul. The depictions on the altar represent Augustus' vision of ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity.

Ara Pacis (1 side)

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The Ara Pacis Augustae is an altar that was voted to Augustus when he returned to Rome after a military campaign. It was to thank him for the peace and prosperity that he helped to bring to the Roman Empire. It also celebrates his long time ally and son-in-law, Agrippa, who also had just returned from a long military campaign. It is believed that…