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p421 Porticus Deorum Consentium

Article on pp421‑422 of

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


Porticus Deorum Consentium: * originally built perhaps in the second or third century B.C., as a fragment of tufa walling may show (TF 55, 56), but in its present form due to one of the Flavian emperors, as is shown by the construction (AJA 1912, 411, 414), and restored in 367 A.D. by Vettius Praetextatus, prefect of the city and a vigorous supporter of paganism. This restoration is recorded by an inscription on the architrave (CIL VI.102). The existing remains are built at an angle against the rock beneath the Tabularium and the supporting wall of the clivus Capitolinus, and consist of two parts, a substructure containing seven small rooms, unlighted and of uncertain use, and above them a platform paved with marble, on which is a row of small rooms, 4 metres high and 3.70 deep, made of brick-faced concrete. Seven of these rooms have been excavated, and there are probably five more still buried. In front of them is a p422porticus of Corinthian columns supporting an entablature. The colonnade has been restored, but most of the entablature and four of the columns are ancient. The statues of the dei consentes probably stood in the intercolumniations of this colonnade. According to Varro (RR I.1.4) gilded statues of these twelve gods stood in the forum itself in his time (Jord. I.2.366; HC 90; Théd. 162, 360; DR 233‑236; RE Suppl. IV.496‑497; HFP 20).


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