Ara Pacis Augustae, frieze, detail: Imperial Family, left half
The Altar of Augustan Peace commemorates the Roman pacification of Spain and Gaul in 13 BC. The relief is a scene of the actual solemnities surrounding the dedication of the altar. The style of the figures overall is Hellenized, but the historical particularity of the frieze is typical of Roman interest in the factual. This contrasts with Greek depictions of historical events disguised in mythological terms. The execution of the figures may have been influenced by the scene of the Panathenaic friezes on the Parthenon in Athens.
Artform: SCULPTURE, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Unknown. Early Empire
Artist Dates: 27 BCE-284 CE
Country/Culture: Ancient Rome
Date: 13-9 BCE
Size: height: 160.02 cm
Subject: Figure Groups
Style: Early Empire
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