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Curiam et continens ei Chalcidicum templumque Apollinis in Palatio cum porticibus, aedem divi Iuli, Lupercal, porticum ad circum Flaminium, quam sum appellari passus ex nomine eius qui priorem eodem in solo fecerat, Octaviam, pulvinar ad circum maximum, 2aedes in Capitolio Iovis Feretri et Iovis Tonantis, aedem Quirini, aedes Minervae et Iunonis Reginae et Iovis Libertatis in Aventino, aedem Larum in summa sacra via, aedem deum pg 28Penatium in Velia, aedem Iuventatis, aedem Matris Magnae in Palatio feci.

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13I built the Senate House, and the Chalcidicum adjacent to it, the temple of Apollo on the Palatine with its porticoes, the temple of the divine Julius, the Lupercal, the portico at the Flaminian circus, which I permitted to bear the name of the portico of Octavius after the man who erected the previous portico on the same site, a pulvinar at the Circus Maximus, (2) the temples on the Capitol of Jupiter Feretrius and Jupiter the Thunderer, the temple of Quirinus, the temples of Minerva and Queen Juno and Jupiter Libertas on the Aventine, the temple of the Lares at the top of the pg 29Sacred Way, the temple of the Di Penates in the Velia, the temple of Youth, and the temple of the Great Mother on the Palatine.

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Editor’s Note
19–21. 'The city was not adorned in proportion to the greatness of the empire and was subject to floods and fires: Augustus so beautified it that he justly boasted that he had found it made of brick and left it made of marble' (Suet., Aug. 28). See E. Strong, CAH X, 570ff. for details. The list Augustus gives of his chief buildings is intended not only to illustrate his liberality but to commemorate for posterity that he was the builder of so many fine monuments; as many were temples, it also confirms his claim to the virtue of 'piety' (34,2).
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19. Of the buildings named here the senate house with its annexe, the Chalcidicum, and the temples of Apollo and Julius, were dedicated in 29–8, though begun earlier; the portico of Octavius (built in 167) was reconstructed in 33; the temple of Jupiter the Thunderer was dedicated in 22, those of Quirinus and Minerva in 16, and that of Juno before 17. Other dates are not known. On the temple of Apollo, see 21,2 n. He vowed the temple to Jupiter the Thunderer when he 'miraculously' escaped death by lightning in Spain in 26/5 (Suet., Aug. 29).
The Lupercal was a grotto in the Palatine, where sacrifices were offered in memory of the suckling of Romulus and Remus by the shewolf. The pulvinar was a kind of box from which Augustus watched races in the circus; the word occurs in another sense in 9.2.
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