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11 / The Urban Experience

Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace)
Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace)
Artist / Origin Unknown artist(s), Rome
Region: Europe
Date 13–9 BCE
Period: 500 BCE - 1 CE
Material Marble
Dimensions W: approx. 35 ft. (10.7 m.)
Location Museum of the Ara Pacis, Rome, Italy
Credit Courtesy of Scala/Art Resource, NY

expert perspective

Lisa SaltzmanProfessor of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
Lothar HaselbergerProfessor of Roman Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace)

» Unknown artist(s), Rome

expert perspective

Lisa Saltzman Lisa Saltzman Professor of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

The Ara Pacis, which is in Rome, which was an altar to Augustan peace, was re-used, rededicated, renovated by Mussolini as a way of consolidating his empire, by looking back to that earlier moment of the Roman Empire.” 

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