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a round temple, adorned with frescoes, at the top of the Sacra via, where the clivus Palatinus branched off to the south (Mart. i. 70.9-10: flecte vias hac qua madidi sunt tecta Lyaei 1 / et Cybeles picto stat Corybante tholus). Its approximate site is also probably indicated by the Haterii relief on which, to the immediate left of the arch of Titus, is a statue of the Magna Mater seated under an arch at the top of a flight of thirteen steps (Mon. d. Inst. v. 7 ; Mitt. 1895, 25-27; Altm. 71-72; Rosch. ii. 2917). Spano believes the arch to be a Janus erected at the four cross-roads near the meta sudans-perhaps on or near the site of the arch of Constantine. He does not even quote the passage of Martial (Atti Accad. Napoli xxiv. (1906, ii.) 227-262). A passage in Cass. Dio (xlvi. 33. 3: cr7rep T- T-e iT) ὥσπερ τὸ τε τῆς Μητρὸς τῶν θεῶν ἄγαλμα τὸ ἐν τῷ Παλατίῳ ὀν πρὸς γάρ τοι τὰς τοῦ ἡλίου ἀνατολὰς πρότερον βλέπων πρὸς δυσμὰς ἀπὸ ταὐτομάτου μετεστπάφη) is generally supposed to refer to this temple.

1 v. supra, p. 321.

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