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Augustan temple digitally reconstructed

Friday, March 14th, 2008

This is what the Temple of Apollo, built by Augustus Caesar in 28 B.C., looks like now:

There’s so little of it left that reconstructing its former structure has been a challenge for archaeologists. University of Pennsylvania graduate student Stephan Zink spent two years on the Palatine examining the plinth foundations (those huge chunks of brown concrete in the middle) and the cross-sections of columns that remain.

Combining his own work with other measurements taken in the 50’s and 60’s, he’s been able to digitally reconstruct what the temple might have looked like back when it was brand new and 10 stories high.

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