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p491 Aedes Solisa

Article on p491 of

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


Sol (et Luna), aedes: an ancient shrine of Sol in the circus Maximus (Tac. Ann. XV.74: vetus aedes apud circum (see DAP 2.vi.266, for an explanation); Tert. de spect. 8: circus Soli principaliter consecratur: cuius aedes medio spatio et effigies de fastigio aedis emicat). The statue referred to by Tertullian probably represented the god as driving his chariot. The shrine was inside the circus, and may be represented on the Maffei relief (Cod. Vat. 3439, f.58),1 and on coins of Philippus Arabus (Cohen, V.138, Nos. 12‑13), where the marking has usually thought to indicate that of Murcia. The templum Solis et Lunae of the Notitia (Reg. XI) is undoubtedly this temple, and it is so called in the calendars, where the day of dedication is given as 28th August (Fast. Praen. Philoc. ad V Kal. Sept., CIL I2 p239, 270, 315; HJ 115; WR 315; Rosch. IV.1139; RE III. A. 903‑905). For a theory that the temple mentioned by Tacitus as apud (near) the circus is to be identified with the so‑called temple of Portunus, see ZA 248‑250.

The original church of S. Maria del Sole lay, however, near Tor de' Specchi (Panciroli, Tesori Nascosti (ed. 2), 78, copied by Bruti ap. Arm. 611) and it was only a little before 1650 that the miraculous Madonna was transferred to S. Stefano delle Carrozze.


The Authors' Note:

1 Cf. Mitt. 1890, 152.


Thayer's Note:

a For the more famous Temple of the Sun built by Aurelian, see the article Templum Solis.


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