Temple of Vesta

possibly designed by Hermodoros of Salamis
late 2nd century B.C.E.

Distant views (ground level beyond the street is lower)

This circular temple (Greek tholos plan) is located near the Tiber River. The circular portico has twenty slender fluted columns with Corinthian capitals. According to Esther Janowitz, "not only the building material, which was Pentelic marble from Attica, but also the builders came from Greece. Hermodoros of Salamis, a Greek, may have been the builder" (29). She also notes that this temple was one of the first examples of marble architecture in Rome.


Work Cited: Stefan Grundmann, ed. The Architecture of Rome. Stuttgart/London: Edition Axel Menges, 1998.

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