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Title: L'altare del vicus Sandaliarius agli Uffizi
Subtitle: Culto compitale e politiche dinastiche nel 2 a.C.
Author(s): MARCATTILI, Francesco
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 90    Date: 2015   
Pages: 125-137
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.90.0.3089917

Abstract :
In this paper the reliefs that decorate the four sides of the altar from the vicus Sandaliarius, housed in the Uffizi and that may be dated to 2 BC, are described in detail. Although the more or less conventional images of the secondary reliefs recall the honours bestowed by the Senate on Octavianus in 27 BC (clipeus virtutis, corona civica, laurei postes) and the diffusion of the Lares Augusti cult in the urban compita (12 BC), the main side, which shows the Princeps as an augur in the centre, is of particular interest from the historical-religious point of view and finds precise confirmation in a passage by Cassius Dio (55, 18). Thanks to this text by the historian of Nicaea, it is possible to interpret exhaustively the figures of the altar’s front relief, that represents the auspicia for two important events celebrated in 2 BC: the conferment of the title of proconsul on C. Caesar and his wedding to Livilla.

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