The Peace of the Ara Pacis

  title={The Peace of the Ara Pacis},
  author={Arnaldo Momigliano},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={228 - 231}
  • A. Momigliano
  • Published 1 January 1942
  • History
  • Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
ax Romana is a simple formula for propaganda, but a difficult subject for research. It summarizes centuries of development during which indigenous Italian ideas were gradually interwoven with Greek and Oriental conceptions. The Ara Pacis Augustae is a mere episode in this history. Yet, because it was an attempt to produce a synthesis of contemporary aspirations, it calls for special attention. A synthesis, as is obvious, seldom includes all the elements present in the contemporary culture. The… 

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