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p65 Aura

Article on p65 of

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

Aura: mentioned only in the Regionary Catalogue, in Region IV, but preserved in certain mediaeval documents where it designates a locality behind the basilica of Constantine. It was probably a statue of the nymph Aura who was beloved of Dionysus, and threw herself into the Sangarius (Mitt. 1907, 429‑433; BPW 1914, 382; HCh 177, 312, 316, 584, 596). For the Arcus Aurae, see Forum Nervae (LPD II.346; Liber Censuum, ii.162; HCh 177, 312). For representations of Aura, see Mitt. 1886, 126, 127; and (perhaps) Petersen, Ara Pacis Augustae, pl. III p52; but cf. SScR 21.

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