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Building [B12]: Hall of the Augustales (ca. 100 CE) Ostia - Latium

Ostia (Latium, Italy — Pleiades map), ca. 100 CE
Meiggs 1973, 219-220 = Hermansen 1981, 79-81 (fig 27) = Laird 2000, 72-80 (plan; photos) = AGRW ID# 23721


Description: Measuring about 137 m2, this complex (insula) on the north side of the main street (the Decumanus) in region I ix 4 was constructed similar to a temple, being raised above street level by six steps with a six column façade (hexastyle). The rectangular portico leads to a central sanctuary (cella; 11.7 m2) with a narrow hall on each side and a platform on the rear wall. The original excavator suggested that this might be the meeting place of the Augustales but later rejected the idea in favor of it being identified as the meeting hall of the city council (the curia), an identification supported by Hermansen. Meiggs argues in favor of the connection with the Augustales, as does Laird in much more detail.

Translation by: Ascough

Photo of Augustales building by Ascough.

Item added: February 21, 2020
Item modified: March 16, 2020
ID number: 23721
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