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Informations concerning the site, for teachers.

    The aims of the site
       The activities
    Rights of use
    Bibliography and links



The aims of the site

    This site was designed for young Latinists (France's current third form program - third form is equivalent to Britain's fourth form and America's eighth grade).
It is not easy for these pupils to tackle the subject of Roman political life, especially if we wish to heighten their awareness regarding the ideological aspect of a political program. The subject can appear to be extremely dull… The pages presented aim to acquaint pupils with the ideology implemented by Augustus, and to establish a relationship between the layout of the town and the political agenda, and to render this subject as accessible as possible : it is interesting to show them that political ideas can be physically engraved into the city's walls, and that monuments, and in a broader way decorative arts, are representative of the image which the empire wishes to convey of itself.

   The site includes documents relevant to the context of the construction of the Ara Pacis :
    - historical context, described through the character of Augustus,
    - geographical context : how does the monument fit into the city ?

    These pages provide simple information, which pupils can consult in an autonomous way.  

The activities

    An animated logo in the form of a green laurel wreath (with altering shades of green) signposts activities throughout the site.

    The site associates the analysis of images and Latin texts which complement the analysis of various parts of the monument, and even complementary images.

Summary of the activities :

First section :
- inscription : Clipeus Virtutis
- inscription : on a statue of Vulcan
- Res Gestae : Augustus' implementations
- The statue of the theatre of Arles
- Augustus of Prima Porta
- Statue of Augustus from the Via Labicana
- Plan of the portico of Livia
Second section :
presentation of the monument
- inscription : the Horologium
- Res Gestae : context of the construction
Third section :
the bas-reliefs
- Horace : "Order reigns".
- Horace, Carmen Saeculare
Ovid, Fasti, Peace prayer
- Ovid, Fasti : " Augustus, a new Romulus ?"
- Suetonius and Pliny : "a laurel branch"
- Vergil, Aeneid :" Apollo's oracle : Helenus"
- Vergil, Aeneid : "What does Jupiter have to say about it ?"
- Res Gestae : "Princes of the youth"
- Augustus' family (South frieze)
- the scene depicting Tellus
- Rome in arms

    The website offers also some interactive tests on :
    - Augustus
    - the lexicon of ornamental motifs
    - the analysis of the scene depicting Aeneas making a sacrifice on the Lavinium site
    - the vocabulary necessary to read an extract of Ovid's Fasti : "Augustus, a new Romulus"
    - a collection of portraits.

Rights of use

    The images in this site, unless specified to the contrary, were photographed and scanned by the site authors… or contributed by their friends ; they are freely available to anyone who wishes to use them in a non-commercial educational environment ; however, if you wish to use them for internet publication - in a non-commercial educational framework -, please notify us and specify their source with a link to the source page.

Bibliography and links

Some titles

Useful tools

    Yves Ouvrard' program : Collatinus, is used to draw up the vocabulary of texts. This program is free of charge.

    Interactive tests are made with Hot Potatoes, a program free on charge for education.


  • The members of the university of Caen's MRSH (Department of Human Science Research), who kindly authorized us to reproduce the virtual images which they created.
  • René Lefèvre, Plastic arts teacher, for his illustrations.
  • The Latinist pupils of collège Beaulieu, in Joué-les-Tours, who typed up several texts and contributed to the composition of questionnaires in collaboration with their teacher, Jean-Paul Le Simple.