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Regio II - Insula VII - Tempio II,VII,5

In the period of Domitian (81-96 AD) a brick temple was erected in the centre of the Piazzale delle Corporazioni, facing the theatre. Various deities have been related to the temple by the archaeologists: Annona, Ceres, Serapis, Vulcanus. According to Van der Meer it may have been built by Domitian himself and was dedicated to the cult of deified Emperors.

The vestibule was reached along a staircase with perhaps eleven marble steps. In front of the vestibule were two marble columns. The walls of the cella have disappeared almost entirely. The pavement was made of marble slabs. Inside a fragment of a marble cornice was found.

On either side of the temple are foundations of a later date (Antonine). This may have been an archive or aerarium (treasury), and an Antonine insscription may refer to it: inter alia, ordo corporator(um) qui pecuniam ad ampliand(um) templum contuler(unt) (CIL XIV, 246).

Plan of the temple

Plan of the temple. After SO I.


The temple seen from the south-east. Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.

[jthb - 5-Oct-2013]