Altar.

Marble. Augustan Age.
Height 110 cm, width 57 cm, depth 42 cm.

Arezzo, Civic Archaeological Museum

Origin:
Found in 1933 in Piazzetta di Porta Crucifera.
Description:
Representation of the myth of the Capitoline she-wolf breast feeding the tweens Romulus and Remus under an oak tree in front of astonished Mars and Faustulus. However the legend speaks of a fig tree (ficus ruminalis). The two sides are embellished by two winged female figures taken from the neo-Attic repertoire.
Literature:
Del Vita, in Illustraz. It. 1934, tav. a p. 765;
A. Del Vita, Ara Marmorea trovata presso Porta Crucifera, in Notizie degli Scavi di antichità comunicale alla R. Accademia dei Lincei, Roma, 1934, pp. 429—433, tav. XV—XVI;
Strong, in Scritti in onore di B. Nogara, 1937, p. 475, tav. LXVIII, 5;
Mostra Augustea della romanità: appendice bibliografica al catalogo (ed. Catia Caprino), L’Erma di Bretschneider, Roma, 1968, p. 25, cat. no. 29;
Jane DeRose Evans, The Art of Persuasion: Political Propaganda from Aeneas to Brutus, Michigan, 1992, p. 72.
Credits:
© 2010. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
Details: museum accompanying materials.
Add. inf.: listed literature.
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Keywords: marble altar Capitoline she-wolf Romulus Remus Romolo Remo oak tree Mars Faustulus
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