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Indeed, the altar was real and was used as a site for sacrificing animals, large and small alike. There were drainholes for the sacrificial blood to flow out from the structure.
When one leaves the glass enclosure, there is a copy of the copper plaque on which the Res Gestae was written, a tribute to Augustus and the peace and prosperity he brought to the ancient world. Read a copy found on a wall in Ankara and its translation.
Photos by Joan Jahnige
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