Roberto Meneghini

The Forum Pacis (or Templum Pacis) and the Torre dei Conti

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The Torre dei Conti has been built above the north-east exedra of the Forum Pacis (or Templum Pacis), from which wide portions came to light during the recent excavations of Jubilee Years. The author (one of these excavations' protagonists) describes the arisen structures and this forum's characteristics in comparison with the other Imperial Forums. The emperor Vespasian, who ordered the building of Forum Pacis and inaugurated it in 75 a.C., wanted to realize in the big colonnaded square - almost entirely in clay court and with a series of tanks bordered by rose hedges - an enormous garden, often taken as a model from this moment on. The complex was dedicated to the Pax represented in the colossal statue placed in the cult room in the middle of the southern colonnade, but it must have had also a "museum" vocation, as some sources demonstrate, together with new findings of statues' marble bases.

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