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BASONOVA Luncheon and Lecture

posted Feb 29, 2016, 8:38 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 8:40 AM ]

BASONOVA Luncheon and Lecture

Sunday, March 6 (luncheon 2 pm; lecture 3 pm) at Alfio’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Pier Luigi Tucci of Johns Hopkins University

Reconstruction of the Library at the Temple of Peace in Rome

The Temple of Peace was built by the Flavian emperor Vespasian in 75 CE near the Roman Forum. It commemorated both the end of the Jewish war and the civil strife that had followed the death of Nero in 68 CE. It served as a center of culture in ancient Rome.

Josephus described the Temple of Peace as “adorned with paintings and statues by the greatest of the old masters…There too Vespasian laid up the golden vessels from the Temple of the Jews…" Historian Herodian described the Temple of Peace as "the largest and most beautiful of all the buildings in the city since it was adorned with offerings of gold and silver..."

Fresh archaeological evidence and literary sources shed new light on this monument and, in particular, on the “Library of Peace. These buildings are the most ambitious and sophisticated examples of large-scale architectural patronage in Classical antiquity.