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A Rich Life in the First Century

A Rich Life in the First Century Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Archeological Wonders Social Studies Visual Arts

This image provides an artist’s illustration of how the temple of Jupiter may have appeared in Pompeii before Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

CyArk, where this illustration appears, tells us more about it:

The temple dates back to the second century BC. When Pompeii became a Roman colony in 80 BC, the temple was transformed into a Capitolium dedicated to the Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva.

Placed upon a high podium, approximately ten feet tall, its axis formed the formal axis of and focal point of the Forum; it had two series of double columns dividing it longitudinally, typifying a Greek influenced Roman temple, and its back wall was veneered in marble.

Such was the splendor of Pompeii before Vesuvius unleashed its pyroclastic flows and pumice stones which completely buried the town for centuries.


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Illustration by CyArk, online via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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