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The Cult Statues of the Pantheon

Thomas, Edmund

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This article reconsiders the possible statuary of the Pantheon in Rome, both in its original Augustan form and in its later phases. It argues that the so-called ‘Algiers Relief’ has wrongly been connected with the Temple of Mars Ultor and is in fact evidence of the association of the Divus Julius with Mars and Venus in the Pantheon of Agrippa, a juxtaposition which reflects the direction of Augustan ideology in the 20s b.c. and the building's celestial purpose. This triple statue group became the focus of the later Pantheon, and its importance is highlighted by the hierarchized system of architectural ornament of the present building.


Thomas, E. (2017). The Cult Statues of the Pantheon. The Journal of Roman Studies, 107, 146-212.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2017
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2017
Journal Journal of Roman Studies
Print ISSN 0075-4358
Electronic ISSN 1753-528X
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 107
Pages 146-212


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