Temple of Aesculapius (Villa Borghese)

The Temple of Aesculapius located in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, in Rome, was built in the ionic style between 1785 and 1792[1] by Antonio Asprucci and his son Mario Asprucci, with help from Cristoforo Unterperger.[2] The temple was perhaps built in memory of the destroyed ancient temple to the god of Medicine on the Tiber Island.[3]

Temple of Aesculapius
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Temple of Aesculapius
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Coordinates41°54′54″N 12°28′58″E / 41.9149104°N 12.48279053°E / 41.9149104; 12.48279053Coordinates: 41°54′54″N 12°28′58″E / 41.9149104°N 12.48279053°E / 41.9149104; 12.48279053

The temple houses a statue of Aesculapius, believed to be originally from the Mausoleum of Augustus.[4] Neglected over the centuries, it was restored by Vincenzo Pacetti and sold to Marcantonio Borghese IV in 1785.[5]

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  1. ^ "Arredi Architettonici". Sovrintendaenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Temple of Aesculapius". Villa Borghese. Archived from the original on 23 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Temple of Asclepius". Himetop. Archived from the original on 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Moorby, Nicola (February 2009). "The Temple of Aesculapius in the Grounds of Villa Borghese, Rome, with the Greek Inscription from its Façade". Tate. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  5. ^ Riccomini, Anna Maria (1995). "A Garden of Statues and Marbles: The Soderini Collection in the Mausoleum of Augustus" (PDF). Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. 58: 265–284. doi:10.2307/751517. ISSN 0075-4390.

Further readingEdit

  • Adanti, G. (1966). Le divinità della salute nell'antica Roma. Milano: Gazzetta Farmaceutica. pp. 113 ss.

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