The 'Ara Pax Augusta'

Denis Mootz

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The Altar of Augustan peace, usually referred to as the Ara Pacis, originally stood on the Campus Martius near the Via Flaminia in the vicinity of the Horologium Solare, the great sundial built by Augustus in 10/9BCE. It was oriented in such a way that the equinoxial line of the sundial bisected the altar and the shadow of the gnomon touched the altar on 23 September, the birthday of Augustus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Augustus
  • Emperor of Rome
  • 63 B.C.-14 A.D.
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Monuments
  • Myth

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