These two statues, representing Castor and Pollux (5.5 m high), were found in the area of the Jewish Ghetto, atop the remains of the Circus Flaminius. These two colossal statues adorned the staircase up to the temple, whose image appears on a detailed fragment of the Forma Urbis of the Flavian age. This temple was also cited by Vitruvius (4.8.4). Excavations have confirmed the details on the marble map. Recent assessment of the statues has dated the statues to the 2C AD, although it has been suggested that the statues may have been made to represent Gaius and Lucius, Augustus’ grandsons and adopted heirs, who died in the early 1C AD.
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