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Latin inscription from the Lesser Propylaia

The Lesser Propylaia was a benefaction of Appius Claudius Pulcher, consul in 54 BC.

It reads:

'Appius Claudius Pulcher, son of Appius, promised the propylon for Ceres and Proserpina as consul, and began (the work) as imperator. Pulcher Claudius and Rex Marcius completed (it) in accordance with his will.' (Translation by A.J.S. Spawforth and C.B. Mee)

The architrave is decorated with symbols of the cult.

This page was created by David Gill on 31 December 2003.
Photographs © David Gill, 2003.