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The Portico of Octavia is a temple complex in the Circus Flaminius area constructed by Octavia, Augustus’ sister.  It was comprised of a square piazza 100 X 100 m surrounded by porticoes, with a central gate facing the circus piazza.  Inside there were 2 temples: Jupiter and Juno. The impressive remains of the propylon gate that are visible in the Jewish Ghetto today belong to a Severan-area rebuilding, after a fire, as documented in the propylon inscription (CIL 6.1034).  The entire premie for Octavia’s construction was to replace the first structure on the site, the Portico of Metellus, which included the first marble temples in Rome, dedicated to Jupiter and Juno after his victory in Macedonia.  Another noteworthy monument was the bronze equestrian statue group of Alexander the Great and his Companions, brought by Metellus as a war trophy (Velleius, History, 1.II.3-5).   They were noted as having survived and being on display in Octavia’s and Septimus Severus’ monuments.

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Cite this page as: Darius Arya, The American Institute for Roman Culture, “Porticus Octaviae (Portico of Octavia)” Ancient Rome Live. Last modified 12/29/2019.


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