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Basilica of Neptune
Remains of the Basilica of Neptune immediately to the south of the Pantheon, built by Agrippa in 25 AD and destroyed by fire in 80 AD, reconstructed by Hadrian, Rome (32479838535).jpg
Remains of its decoration, including marine elements.
Basilica of Neptune is located in Rome
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Basilica of Neptune
Basilica of Neptune
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Coordinates41°53′53.76″N 12°28′37.39″E / 41.8982667°N 12.4770528°E / 41.8982667; 12.4770528Coordinates: 41°53′53.76″N 12°28′37.39″E / 41.8982667°N 12.4770528°E / 41.8982667; 12.4770528

The Basilica of Neptune (Latin: basilica Neptuni) was a basilica built in Rome by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa in honour of Neptune and in celebration of his naval victories at Mylae, Naulochus and Actium.

History

Near the site of the Pantheon, its remains were restored under Hadrian for an unknown use. The Temple of Hadrian was once misidentified with the basilica.[1]

Remains of the basilica on via della Palombella.
Remains of the basilica on via della Palombella.

It was part of building works on the Campus Martius between 33 and 25 BC, possibly financed by the proceeds of Octavian's campaign in Illyria between 35 and 33 BC. The project also included the Pantheon, the Saepta Iulia and the Baths of Agrippa.

References

  1. ^ For example, in Eugénie Strong, Roman Sculpture from Augustus to Constantine, 1909, ripubblicato da Ayer Publishing, 1969, ISBN 0405022301, p. 243.

Bibliography

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Preceded by
Basilica of Maxentius
Landmarks of Rome
Basilica of Neptune
Succeeded by
Basilica Ulpia