Temple of Caesar Rome

The Temple of Caesar (in Italian Tempio del Divo Giulio, or the “Temple of the Deified Julius”) is a temple in the Roman Forum in Rome.

Temple of Caesar Rome

Practical information

Temple of Caesar Rome
Temple of Caesar

The address, hours and price of admission are those of the Colosseum. Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month.

History Temple of Caesar Rome

After the assassination of Julius Caesar, his body was taken to the Roman Forum to be cremated.

At first, only a marble column was erected, with the inscription “For the Father of the Fatherland” (Parenti Patriae). This monument was later removed to be replaced by the “Temple of the Deified Julius.”

This was the first time someone in Rome was given divine status after his death.

The temple was commissioned by Augustus. The dedication was on Aug. 18 of the year 29 BC.

After the looting that took place in the 15th century, really only a few blocks of cement remained standing. The gaps between these blocks were the column and walls of the building.

The front of the stage consists of a semicircle, within which part of a round altar can still be seen. This probably stands on the spot where Caesar was cremated. Later, this semicircle was closed by a straight wall.

To the side were two steps leading to the stage.

The temple probably consisted of a central cell preceded by six columns, with two more on the sides.

In the center of this cell was a statue of the emperor himself, with a star above his head. From images on ancient coins of the time, we know that the pediment was also decorated with a star.

Surrounding the building was a portico called Porticus Iulia.

In front of it was one of the tribunes of honor of the Forum. The front of this tribune was decorated with ship’s boats from Anthony and Cleopatra‘s fleet, which had been defeated in 31 BC.

Temple of Caesar Rome

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