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Title: Legend and Archaeology at Ostia
Subtitle: P. Lucilius Gamala and the Quattro Tempietti
Author(s): CUYLER, Mary Jane
Volume: 94 Date: 2019
The argument for an archaeological connection between Ostia’s four republican temples (the so-called Quattro Tempietti) and the inscriptions CIL XIV 375 and 376 has persisted for more than a century. Yet the evidence for this proposed connection does not stand up to scrutiny. This study traces out the curious development of this correlation and the tension that has arisen between the recently-proposed Augustan dates for 375 and the late Republican date for the construction of the Quattro Tempietti. It then turns to a critical examination of the archaeological evidence upon which the correlation has relied, and presents a preliminary analysis of the earliest stratigraphy of the temples.