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ARA PACIS AUGUSTAE * an altar erected by the senate in honour of the victorious return of Augustus from Spain and Gaul in 13 B.C., on which the magistrates, priests and Vestals should offer annual sacrifices (Mon. Anc. ii. 39-41 (Lat.): [Cu]m ex H[ispa]nia Gal[liaque rebus in his p]rovincis prosp[e]re [gest]i[s] R[omam redi] T
tratus et sac[erdotes et virgines]
V[est]a[les anniversarium sacrific]ium facer[e iussit]; ib. vi. 20-vii. 4
(Grk.)). The decree of the senate was dated 4th July, 13 B.C. (Fast. Amit.
ad iv non. Iul., CIL i 2. p. 244, 320: feriae ex s.c. quo[d eo] die ara Pacis
Augustae constituta est (begun) Nerone et Varo cos.; Antiat. ib. 248),
and decorative scheme of the enclosure as a reproduction in
marble of the temporary wooden enclosure of the site and the ceremony
of consecration on 4th July, B.C. 13 (Pasqui, SR 1913, 283-304). The
reliefs of this altar represent the highest achievement of Roman decorative
art that is known to us. (For the discussion and interpr