Ara Pacis

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1. Why was the Ara Pacis built?

  • Show the Parthians returning the lost eagles
  • Augustus had defeated the Maritime Gauls and Pacified the Alps
  • Celebrate social development
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2. What was depicted at the bottom of the Ara Pacis?

  • Parthians returning the lost eagles
  • Blooming flowers and crops
  • Fallen Gallic Troops

3. What female can be seen on one the panels and what is she holding?

  • Roma- the female symbol of Rome- is holding a cornucopia and sitting on military equipment to show peace
  • Mother earth is holding a young child to show how Augustus nurtured the plebians of Rome
  • Eirene- God of peace- is holding Ploutos- God of wealth to show the relationship between peace and prosperity

4. Why were the stories of the founding of Rome including Romulus and Remus and Roman Kings included?

  • Augustus claimed he was a descendant from Romulus and Remus
  • Show Augustus had restored the republic
  • To show how Rome was being reborn

5. What is the translation of 'Ara Pacis'?

  • Temple of Augustus
  • Altar of Peace
  • Augustus's Altar


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