Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Concordia, ancient Rome

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
Peace festival, birthday of the Goddesses Pax and Irene (Our Lady of Peace)

In Roman mythology, Pax ('peace') was recognized as a goddess during the rule of Augustus Caesar.

On the Campus Martius (Field of Mars, God of War), she had a minor sanctuary called the Ara Pacis, dedicated to her on January 30, 9 BCE. Her temple was on the Forum Pacis (Templum Placis) built by Emperor Vespasian on the site of a meat market, and was dedicated in 75. She was depicted in art with olive branches, a cornucopia and a sceptre. Pax became celebrated (in both senses of the word) as Pax Romana and Pax Augusta from the 2nd Century BCE ...

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