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VII.4.1 Pompeii. Temple of Fortuna Augusta.

Excavated 1823, 1826 and 1859. Restored 1908.

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VII.4.1 Pompeii. May 2010. Looking east onto podium.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. May 2010. Looking east onto podium.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. September 2005. Podium, looking east to cella, or sacred area.
According to Warscher in 1930, an inscription on the architrave could be read by any visitor knowing latin, as it was lying with other marble pieces on the floor of the cella.
See Warscher, T., 1930. Pompeii: in three hours. Rome: Industria Tipografica Imperia, (p.55) 

M(arcus) Tullius  M(arci)  f(ilius)  d(uum)v(ir)  i(ure)  d(icundo) ter(tium)  quinq(uennalis)  augur  tr(ibunus)  mil(itum)
a  pop(ulo)  aedem  Fortunae  August(ae) solo  et  peq(unia!)  sua       [CIL X 820]  

This was the Temple’s dedicatory inscription and according to Cooley translated as -
Marcus Tullius, son of Marcus. Duumvir with judicial power three times, quinquennial, augur, military tribune by popular demand, (built) the Temple of Augustan Fortune on his own land and at his own expense.
See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge. (p.93)

In February 1824 it was reported that various fragments of statues and four inscriptions upon different pieces of marble were also found: they were -  CIL X 820, see above. Now in Naples Archaeological Museum, inventory number MN 3853.

[Augu]sto  Caesari
[...]  parenti  patriae     [CIL X 823]   MN 3810

Agathemerus  Vetti
Suavis  Caesiae  Prim(a)e
Pothus  Numitori
Anteros  Lacutulani
minist(ri)  prim(ae)  Fortun(ae) Aug(ustae)  iuss(u) 
M(arci)  Stai  Rufi  Cn(aei)  Melissaei  d(uum)v(irorum)  i(ure)  d(icundo)
P(ublio)  Silio  L(ucio)  Volusio  Saturn(ino)  co(n)s(ulibus)     [CIL X 824]  MN 3768.   

Tauro  Statilio
Ti(berio)  Platilio(!)  Aelian(o)  co(n)s(ulibus)
L(ucius)  Statius  Faustus  pro
signo  quod  e  lege  Fortunae
Augustae  minist(r)orum  ponere
debebat  referente  Q(uinto)  Pompeio  Amethysto
quaestore  basis(!)  duas  marmorias  decrever[u]nt
pro  signo  poniret (!)       [CIL X 825]   MN3769

See PAH II, 96 and
See Pagano, M. and Prisciandaro, R., 2006. Studio sulle provenienze degli oggetti rinvenuti negli scavi borbonici del regno di Napoli.  Naples : Nicola Longobardi. (p.128)

VII.4.1 Pompeii. September 2005. Podium, looking east to cella, or sacred area.

According to Warscher in 1930, an inscription on the architrave could be read by any visitor knowing Latin, as it was lying with other marble pieces on the floor of the cella.

See Warscher, T., 1930. Pompeii: in three hours. Rome: Industria Tipografica Imperia, (p.55)

 

M(arcus) Tullius  M(arci)  f(ilius)  d(uum)v(ir)  i(ure)  d(icundo) ter(tium)  quinq(uennalis)  augur  tr(ibunus)  mil(itum)

a  pop(ulo)  aedem  Fortunae  August(ae) solo  et  peq(unia!)  sua       [CIL X 820] 

 

This was the Temple’s dedicatory inscription and according to Cooley translated as -

 

Marcus Tullius, son of Marcus. Duumvir with judicial power three times, quinquennial, augur, military tribune by popular demand, (built) the Temple of Augustan Fortune on his own land and at his own expense.

See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii: A Sourcebook. London: Routledge. (p.93)

 

In February 1824, it was reported that various fragments of statues and four inscriptions upon different pieces of marble were also found: they were -

CIL X 820, see above. Now in Naples Archaeological Museum, inventory number MN 3853.

 

[Augu]sto  Caesari

[...]  parenti  patriae     [CIL X 823]   MN 3810

 

Agathemerus  Vetti

Suavis  Caesiae  Prim(a)e

Pothus  Numitori

Anteros  Lacutulani

minist(ri)  prim(ae)  Fortun(ae) Aug(ustae)  iuss(u)

M(arci)  Stai  Rufi  Cn(aei)  Melissaei  d(uum)v(irorum)  i(ure)  d(icundo)

P(ublio)  Silio  L(ucio)  Volusio  Saturn(ino)  co(n)s(ulibus)     [CIL X 824]  MN 3768.  

 

Tauro  Statilio

Ti(berio)  Platilio(!)  Aelian(o)  co(n)s(ulibus)

L(ucius)  Statius  Faustus  pro

signo  quod  e  lege  Fortunae

Augustae  minist(r)orum  ponere

debebat  referente  Q(uinto)  Pompeio  Amethysto

quaestore  basis(!)  duas  marmorias  decrever[u]nt

pro  signo  poniret (!)       [CIL X 825]   MN3769

 

See PAH II, 96 and

See Pagano, M. and Prisciandaro, R., 2006. Studio sulle provenienze degli oggetti rinvenuti negli scavi borbonici del regno di Napoli.  Naples: Nicola Longobardi. (p.128)

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. September 2005. Sacred area or cella. At the rear against the east wall was a recess which contained a statue of Fortuna. This is now in Naples Archaeological Museum, inventory number 6362.  The recess was bordered by two pilasters.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. September 2005. Sacred area or cella.

At the rear against the east wall was a recess which contained a statue of Fortuna.

This is now in Naples Archaeological Museum, inventory number 6362.

The recess was bordered by two pilasters.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. Sacred area or cella. Statue of Fortuna.
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 6362.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. Sacred area or cella. Statue of Fortuna.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 6362.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii.  December 2005.  Looking north from VII.4.2.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. December 2005. Looking north into the cella, from VII.4.2.

Originally the walls of the cella were lined with marble, and contained four recesses for statues on the sides.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. 2017. Western section of the north wall of the cella, internal face, with recesses. 
The opus incertum is made mainly from Sarno limestone in the lower and middle parts, and mostly in volcanic slag (cruma) in the upper part. The last rows of yellow tufa correspond to a restoration of the nineteenth century.
Photo © Mission archéologique du Temple de Fortune.
See Arnaud Coutelas, Thomas Creissen et William Van Andringa, Un Chantier Pour Les Dieux : La Construction Du Temple De Fortune Auguste A Pompéi. C.E.F.R. 534. École française de Rome.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. 2017. Western section of the north wall of the cella, internal face, with recesses.

The opus incertum is made mainly from Sarno limestone in the lower and middle parts, and mostly in volcanic slag (cruma) in the upper part. The last rows of yellow tufa correspond to a restoration of the nineteenth century.

Photo © Mission archéologique du Temple de Fortune.

See Arnaud Coutelas, Thomas Creissen et William Van Andringa, Un Chantier Pour Les Dieux : La Construction Du Temple De Fortune Auguste A Pompéi. C.E.F.R. 534. École française de Rome.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. December 2007.   Podium and sacred area from roof of VII.5.19 modern restaurant.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. December 2007.   

Podium and sacred area from roof of VII.5.19 modern restaurant.

 

231942 Bestand-D-DAI-ROM-W.368.jpg
VII.4.1 Pompeii. W.368. Temple of Fortuna Augusta, from roof  of VII.5. 
See Gell, W, 1832.  Pompeiana: Vol 1.  London: Jennings and Chaplin. (p.82, pl.XXII) 
Photo by Tatiana Warscher. With kind permission of DAI Rome, whose copyright it remains. 
See http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/231942

VII.4.1 Pompeii. W.368. Temple of Fortuna Augusta, from roof  of VII.5.

See Gell, W, 1832.  Pompeiana: Vol 1.  London: Jennings and Chaplin. (p. 82, pl. XXII)

Photo by Tatiana Warscher. With kind permission of DAI Rome, whose copyright it remains.

See http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/231942

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. December 2005. Blocked door in side wall on Via della Fortuna.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. December 2005.   

Blocked door in side wall on Via della Fortuna.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. March 2009.  North wall on Via della Fortuna.Looking east.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. March 2009.  North wall on Via della Fortuna. Looking east.

 

VII.4.1 Pompeii. March 2009. Marble cornice on north wall on Via della Fortuna. Looking west.

VII.4.1 Pompeii. March 2009. Marble cornice on north wall on Via della Fortuna. Looking west.

 

 

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