Fragments of the Ara Pacis Augustae

                 Hypothetical reconstruction of fragments of two friezes                   from the sacrificial altar

Of the hundreds of small carved fragments uncovered when excavating the Ara Pacis, scholars have gradually sorted out and catalogued over 300 pieces judged to be part of the Ara Pacis itself. Some 18 of these are thought to be parts of friezes on the sacrificial altar. The size of the heads and portions of figures suggest that these came from 2 friezes of different height, thus referred to as the small and large friezes. Scholars have suggested a variety of possible identifications for these figures.

On display in the lower level of the Museo dell'Ara Pacis. A clear, detailed account of the excavation and scholalry study and reconstruction of fragments from the Ara Pacis is provided in the museum's impressive guidebook by Orietta Rossini, Ara Pacis, Comune di Roma (2006) pp. 93-99.