CHAPTER II. PAGAN SHRINES AND TEMPLES.

Ancient temples as galleries of art. -- The adornment of statues with jewelry, etc. -- Offerings and sacrifices by individuals. -- Stores of exvotos found in the favissæ or vaults of temples. -- Instances of these brought to light within recent years. -- Remarkable wealth of one at Veii. -- The altars of ancient Rome. -- The ara maxima Herculis. -- The Roma Quadrata. -- The altar of Aius Locutius. -- That of Dis and Proserpina. -- Its connection with the Specular Games. -- The discovery of the inscription describing these, in 1890. -- The ara pacis Augustæ. -- The ara incendii Neroniani. -- Temples excavated in my time. -- That of Jupiter Capitolinus. -- History of its ruins. -- The Capitol as a place for posting official announcements. -- The Temple of Isis and Serapis. -- The number of sculptures discovered on its site.-The Temple of Neptune. -- Its remains in the Piazza di Pietra. -- The Temple of Augustus. -- The Sacellum Sanci.

ANCIENT guide-books of Rome, published in the middle of the fourth century,1 mention four hundred and twentyfour temples, three hundred and four shrines, eighty statues of gods, of precious metal, sixty-four of ivory, and three

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On the almanacs (Notitia, Curiosum), containing catalogues and statistics of Roman buildings in the fourth century, see Mommsen: Chronograph von 354, etc., in the Abhandlungen der Sächsischen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften, vols. ii. 549; iii. 269; viii. 694. -- Preller: Die Regionen der Stadt Rom. Jena: Hochhausen, 1846. -- Jordan: Topographie der Stadt Rom. Berlin: Weidmann, ii., pp. 1 & 178. -- Richter: Topographie der Stadt Rom, 1889, p. 5; id.: Hermes, xx., p. 91. -- De Rossi: Piante iconografiche e prospettiche di Roma anteriori al sec. XVI. Roma: Salviucci, 1879. -- Guido: Il testo siriaco della descrizione di Roma, etc., in the Bullettino Comunale, 1884, p. 218; and 1891, p. 61. -- Lanciani: Ricerche sulle XIV regioni urbane; in the Bullettino comunale, 1890, p. 115.

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