Discuss the purpose, function, meaning of the Ara Pacis. Who commissioned it? What is depicted on it? What is it meant to represent? How were people to respond? Take into consideration the comments/analysis of this monument by both Paul Zanker and Brian Rose. How compelling do you find Rose’s arguments? How does his reading affect the interpretation of the monument as presented by Zanker and its meaning with respect to Augustan ideology?
Images of the Ara Pacis: Ara Pacis