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View looking east at the entrance to the Temple of Augustus that is located just north of the Forum.  It was financed by March Tullius and was dedicated in A.D. 3.  It was run by a group of priests called Augustales.

The street in the foreground leads to the Forum (right).  To the left, the street leads to Regio VI of Pompeii, its northwestern area, and close by the Arch of Caligula.

On the platform behind the dog are the remnants of an outdoor altar.  Note the steps on each side of this platform that lead up to a level area where there was a fence—the one in the picture is modern.  Behind that stairs, some preserved on the left, led to the temple where there were four Corinthian Columns.  A statue of the Emperor Augustus (r. 27 B.C. — A.D. 14) stood inside the Temple.

Although the wall of the temple today is of rubble and baked brick, originally it was covered with a marble facing.