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Vesta, Aedes
Temple housing archaic cult of the goddess Vesta on the eastern side of the Forum
Reconstructed state: Building as first dedicated on site

Reconstruction issues

Alternate Representations of the Facade

A detailed coin (see Claridge p. 102, fig. 37) provided some guidance

 (Level of certainty: medium)

Reconstructing from Sculptural Evidence

Detailed evidence comes from a relief housed in the Uffizi in Florence (catalog no. 325).

 (Level of certainty: medium)

Sources for Reconstruction

Much of the reconstruction on site (cf. Carettoni) is based on small fragments which can be seen embedded in the travertine panels.

 (Level of certainty: medium)

Original construction methods

Overall construction (Level of certainty: high)

1. Foundation (Level of certainty: high)

Concrete rubble core, tufa and brick faced

2 Fašade-main (Level of certainty: high)

2.1 Fabric of building (Level of certainty: high)

Brick with rubble infill

2.2 Surface covering (Level of certainty: high)

Ashlar pattern marble panels with crisp carved framing bands highlighting the revetment panels; white color.

2.3 Decorative elements (Level of certainty: high)

The architrave is reconstructed based on pieces found by Carettoni at the site. Most other decorative elements were destroyed and have been reconstructed on the basis of Roman architectural norms. Small chips found on site have been used per Carettini's design.

3. Façade-side 2 (Level of certainty: high)

See fašade - main

4. Façade-side 3 (Level of certainty: high)

See fašade - main

5. Façade-side 4 (Level of certainty: high)

See fašade - main

6 Floor (Level of certainty: high)

6.1 Bedding (Level of certainty: high)

Mortar on concrete

6.2 Pavement (Level of certainty: high)

With none of the floor finish remaining in situ the floor has been reconstructed of marbles of neutral color.

7. Doorway(s) (Level of certainty: high)

Marble surround frame, bronze grilles per Roman architectural norms

8 Main level (Level of certainty: high)

8.1 Wall (Level of certainty: high)

White marble panels over brick stricture fixed with mortar

8.2 Base moulding (Level of certainty: high)

Generic white marble at lower level

8.3 Surface cover (Level of certainty: high)

Wall finishes are unknown and represented by a neutral color palette.

8.4 Decorative elements (Level of certainty: high)

The architrave is used on the interior as well all other decorative elements are based on Roman architectural norms.

8.5 Window(s) (Level of certainty: high)

Bronze grid frames of common Roman design

8.6 Ceiling (Level of certainty: high)

8.6.1 Coffering (Level of certainty: high)

Marble coffers with egg and dart surround and rosette

8.7 Dome (Level of certainty: high)

Marble block dome

9. Roof (Level of certainty: high)

Marble tile and bronze plates on dome