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1624 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE Temple of Venus Genetrix, Rome Italy - Classical architecture

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The Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar. The Forum of Caesar is also referred to as the Forum Julium. Caesar envisioned the temple of Venus Genetrix on the eve of the battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC. He had already begun funding the building of a forum in 54 BC. Venus Genetrix was the mythical ancestor to the Julian line and is considered the goddess of motherhood. Both temple and forum were dedicated in 46 BC, but the forum was completed at a later date by Augustus. All that remain standing of the temple today are 3 tall pillars.

Lauro, Giacomo ( Jacobus Laurus )

Antiquae Urbis Splendor, Hoc Est Praecipua Eiusdem Templa Amphitheatra Theatra Circi Naumachiae Arcus Triumphales Mausolea .

Romae, Apresso Vitale Mascardi, Roma, 1612-1622.

FINE ENGRAVING from one of the most influential and beautiful works on the monuments and antiquities of ancient Rome. The Antiquae urbis splendor, ('The Splendor of the Ancient City') served as an important reference book and source of inspiration for many writers and artists. Giacomo Lauro was a roman printmaker active from 1583 to about 1650. 

Leaf: 27.5 x 21 cm

In very good condition. Minor worm hole to outer margins.