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Rome Guide: Ara Pacis

TheĀ Ara Pacis Augustae is an altar to peace, masterpiece of Augustan sculpture, built in 9 BC to celebrate the triumphal campaign of battle in Hispania and Gaul. After the battles peace was established, and prosperity spread throughout the Empire.

Built in marble, the Ara Pacis has a bas-relief frieze that depicts some figures approaching the gods to offer them sacrifices, as a thanksgiving act for the established peace. The figures are Augustus and members of his family, lictors, priests, attendants, women and children.

The Ara Pacis was originally located in Via Flaminia, but over the century it was buried by silt. Discovered in 1568, it has been preserved with different protective buildings since then.
You may visit the Ara Pacis museum in Lungotevere in Augusta (cross via Tomacelli) from Tuesday to Sunday, 9.00 a.m to 7.00 p.m.

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