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Title: Forms of Cult?
Subtitle: Temples with Transverse Cellae in Republican and Early Imperial Italy
Author(s): ROUS, Benjamin D.
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 82    Issue: 2   Date: 2007   
Pages: 333-346
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.82.2.2020781

Abstract :
This article presents an analysis of a particular temple type that first appeared during the Late Republic, the temple with transverse cella. In the past this particular cella-form has been interpreted as a solution to spatial constraints. In more recent times it has been argued that the cult associated with the temple was the decisive factor in the adoption of the transverse cella. Neither theory, when considered in isolation, can fully and convincingly explain the particular forms of both Republican and Imperial temples. Rather, it can be argued that a combination of pragmatic and above all aesthetic considerations has played a major role in the particular architecture of these temples.

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