Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale
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Detail: Latin inscription below mosaic
Piazza Augusto Imperatore
Material / Technique:
Morpurgo, Vittorio Ballio
Insciption reads: HUNC LOCUM UBI AUGUSTI MANES VOLITANT PER AURAS POSTQUAM IMPERATORIS MAUSOLEUM EX SAECULORUM TENEBRIS EST EXTRACTUM ARAEQUE PACIS DISIECTA MEMBRA REFECTA/MUSSOLINI DUX VETERIBUS ANGUSTIIS DELETIS SPLENDIDIORIBUSVIIS AEDIFICIIS AEDIBUS AD HUMANITATIS MORES APTISORNANDUM CENSUIT ANNO MDCCCCXL A F. R. XVIII In translation (Walter Englert, Reed College): This is the place where the soul of Augustus flies through the breezes, afterthe mausoleum of the emperor was extracted from the darkness of theages and the scattered pieces of the altar of peace were restored, Mussolinithe leader ordered the old narrow places to be destroyed and the location tobe adorned with streets, buildings, and shrines fitting for the ways of humanityin the year 1940, in the eighteenth year of the Fascist Era.
Photography by Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History, Columbia University