The Ara Pacis Augustae--page 3 (of 4 pages)


The north procession

Sorry about these pictures: one notable problem of the site and architecture of the new museum is that the space is very narrow between the enclosure wall of the Ara Pacis and the wall of the museum. Therefore, it is impossible to get an appropriate distance from the enclosure wall. Furthermore, dramatic shadows often fall on the sides, especially noticeable on the north side.
Like the south side, the procession here walks west to the main entrance and is led by state priests. See below the assistants who carry the ritual objects--the casket and jug, for example.
Just as the procession depicted on the south side has state priests, the flamines, other state priests are depicted here, identified especially because of their assistants who carry ritual objects. One here holds a jug in his right hand and a casket in his left.

Lucius Caesar?

The youngest of the boys is probably Lucius Caesar, adopted by Augustus along with his brother Gaius, and thus heirs to the empire.

Detail of the vegetal relief showing how replacement casts are added

Continue to page 4.

Works Consulted:
Orietta Rossini. Ara Pacis. Rome: Electa, 2006.
Marilyn Stokstad. Art History. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Edu., 2005.

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