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Temple of the Divine Claudius

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The Temple of Claudius, also variously known as the Temple of the Divus Claudius, the Temple of the Divine Claudius and the Temple of the Deified Claudius, was an ancient structure that covered a large area to the south of the Colosseum. Little remains visible today. Construction of the Temple of Claudius on the Caelian Hill was begun by Agrippina, the fourth wife of the Emperor Claudius, on his death in 54 AD. It was subsequently damaged by the Great Fire of Rome and further destroyed by Agrippina's son, Nero but later rebuilt by Vespasian, who became emperor in 69 AD. The destruction by Nero was probably due to his extension of the Aqua Claudia, an aqueduct to the Caelian Hill, but part may also have been removed to make way for the construction of his Domus Aurea. The last mention of the temple is from the fourth century and nothing is known of what happened to it after Vespasian’s reconstruction. If still in use by the 4th-century, the temple would have been closed during the persecution of pagans during the later years of the Empire.

This is my speculative 1:1 scale reconstruction of what Vespasian's reconstruction most likely would have looked like, using available sources such as the Italian model of Rome in 320 AD completed in the 1920s. Keep in mind that this is purely speculative, and details are subject to discussion and criticism. The color palette and symbols used are in reflection of Claudius's greatest achievement, the subjugation of Britain (Vespasian, who had participated in the invasion, would no doubt have done his best to pay tribute to the Emperor whom he served during that time), especially the usage of shell and horse motifs. The usage of plants such as palm trees was not uncommon in gardens in Rome and other classical Italian cities, thus their inclusion in the gardens here.
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05/25/2019 1:31 pm
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shj1991
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Wow great work!

There aren't a lot of people who know about this temple complex.

Keep it up!
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05/26/2019 12:33 pm
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J8054
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Yeah its a surprisingly unknown temple which is odd considering its size and proximity to the Colosseum. You'd think it'd be up there with the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the list of great Roman temples due to its size alone...

Once my team finishes our current project, I'll be back to building stuff consistently, and hopefully you'll see more stuff you like :)
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05/27/2019 11:17 am
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shj1991
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Good to hear!

What are you currently working on if i may ask?
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05/27/2019 3:01 pm
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shj1991
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Aaaah yes i've seen that one.


Great work!
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05/28/2019 10:19 pm
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J8054
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Oh yeah thanks man :)
We have a classical building discord if you're interested in talking with us history nerds discord.gg/WR3HcBE
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04/04/2019 8:33 pm
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RZ games
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sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
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04/04/2019 6:31 am
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Sakura_Ice
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I really like your map. I hope to get the authorization issued on the China Forum. Of course, I will mark you as the original author and the original post page (because in China, you need VPN support when you visit here, many people do not, so apply to upload Chinese network disk download)
I wish you a happy life~
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04/04/2019 4:00 pm
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J8054
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Thanks man, you're welcome to use it whenever and wherever you want :). I'm glad you enjoyed it, and there'll be a lot more cool builds coming up so stay tuned!
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