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p61 Auguraculum

Articles on p61 of

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

Auguraculum: the open space (templum) on the arx, where the public auspices were taken after the Capitoline hill had become a part of the city. In the centre of this open space was the thatched hut of the observer, which was preserved in its primitive form at least as late as the time of Augustus (Vitr. II.1.5; Varro, LL VII.8; Cic. de off. III.66; Fest. 18; cf. Plin. NH XXII.5; Liv. I.24; cf.  Casa Romuli. The auguraculum was on the north-east corner of the arx, above the clivus Argentarius, probably near the apse of the present church of S. Maria in Aracoeli (Jord. I.2.102‑106; BC 1910, 132‑140; NS 1910, 132; Hülsen, Geogr. Jahrb. 1911, 199; DAP 2.xii.149‑153; PT 148).

Auguraculum (in Quirinale): a templum on the collis Latiaris, the southernmost part of the Quirinal, mentioned only once, in Varro's account of the Argei (LL V.5.2). It seems to have been the augural centre of the early Quirinal settlement, as that on the arx was of the later city (Jord. II.264; HJ 400; DAP 2.xii.150).

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