Panel with Aeneas sacrificing to the Penates
Marble.
13—9 BCE.
Rome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)

Panel with Aeneas sacrificing to the Penates.

Marble.
13—9 BCE.

Rome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
(Museo dell’Ara Pacis)

Description:
In 12 BC, when Lepidus died, Augustus took on the office as Pontifex Maximus. According to Roman religion this was the only priest allowed to have access to the temple of Vesta where, according to a belief held up by Caesar, the Penates were kept together with the Palladium rescued from Troy. Thus, the symbols and the protectors of Rome’s destiny, the Penates publici populi romani were kept in the penetralia of the temple of Vesta. They were also the mythical ancestors of Augustus, in his capacity as a prince and a priest.
Credits:
© Photo, text: O. Rossini. Ara Pacis. Rome, Electa, 2007, p. 33.

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History of Ancient Rome