Side with Augustus
original south side

Processional Frieze - Area between Augustus and Agrippa

We have no way of knowing the degree to which details of the reliefs were specified by the altar’s patrons, the Senate and Augustus. The effectiveness with which they express the complex programme of the state argues for close interaction of patrons and artists throughout the creative process. However, the extend to which this extended to the turn of the heads, placement of hands and feet, much less to details of carving, must remain an open question.