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The Roman city of Brescia is one of the best preserved Roman sites in northern Italy. Ancient Brixia was a Roman city in the 3C BC and flourished from Augustus through the second century AD.  The well preserved Capitolium has a recomposed facade of the Flavian-era temple, re-erected in the Fascist era. The temple was rediscovered in 1826, including a cache of bronze works, including six portrait heads and a winged Victoria figure.  Underneath the imperial Capitolium, there are three Augustan era temples that replaced four Republican temples. One has been excavated; its frescoed faux-marble frescoes and pavement are exquisite! Next door there is a theater. Down the street are columns excavated from the forum and the basilica.  Along the decumanus a few hundred meters away there is the complex of Santa Giulia, whose collection includes two churches and a couple of Roman Domus found in the monastery orchard in the 1960s. It’s an amazing UNESCO world heritage site!

Where in Italy is Brescia?

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Cite this page as: Darius Arya, The American Institute for Roman Culture, “Brescia, Italy (Brixia)” Ancient Rome Live. Last modified 11/16/2019.


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