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p205 Aedes Fauni

Article on p205 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.


Faunus, aedes: so far as is known the only temple of Faunus in Rome, situated at the north end of the island in the Tiber (Ovid. Fast. II.193‑194: Idibus agrestis fumant altaria Fauni / Hic ubi discretas insula rumpit aquas). It was vowed in 196 B.C. by the aediles Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus and C. Scribonius Curio, who built it out of fine collected from three pecuarii who had been convicted of cheating (Liv. XXXIII.42.10). Two years later it was dedicated by Domitius (Liv. XXXIV.53.4) on the Ides of February (Ovid. loc. cit. Hemerol. Esq. ad Id. Feb., CIL I2 p210 = VI.2302; Fast. Ant. ap. NS 1921, 87). Vitruvius cites it as an example of a prostyle temple (III.2.3). It was built on the island probably because of the non-urban character of the god. There are no references p206to it later than those of the calendar, and no traces have been found (HJ 637; Jordan in comment. in honor. Mommsen 359; and esp. Besnier, 290‑303 and literature cited).


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