Side with Augustus
original south side

Processional Frieze - Far right

One of the defining features of Augustus' social policy was his legislation regarding the responsibilites of marriage and families. The prominence of women and children, especially in this portion of this frieze, rare in state monuments before this, calls attention to the importance of reproduction and dynasty.

The severe lack of continuity between the join of these 2 panels (especially obvious when seen from the side, as in the detail photos in the second line of photos below) indicates that they were incorrectly joined in the hurried 1938 reconstruction. Conlin (1992) and others have shown that details at the bottom of the figures indicate that at least 2 figures, perhaps more, would have occupied the space between these 2 panels.