Yellow, Blue, Colors like Pompeii in the Temple of Cupra – Lifestyle

(ANSA) – Rome, August 17 – (by Silvia Lambertucci) A wall with a large square space, the yellow of the base contrasting with the intense red and black of the central band, with flowers and branches sprinkled with color The intricate decoration of the candelabra, the niche statues and even the very high ceilings illuminated in deep blue like an August sky.

Built at the dawn of the 1st century AD when Augustus ruled Rome, the great Roman temple of Cupra near Ascoli Piceno is filled with the colors and images of the Third Pompeian style, with the same hues and shapes. was in the first stages of life. A decoration that at that time worked best in the richest houses of Rome and Pompeii.

As archaeologist Marco Giglio of the University of Naples told ANSA EXCLUSIVELY, this is an unexpected and extraordinary find, which, in collaboration with the director and the city council of Cupra Marittima, was the mission of the University of the Oriental. It was brought from the Marke Ruins. The archaeological park operator has launched a new excavation campaign.

“Temples with paintings inside the cells are very rare,” Giglio said.

“Today we knew only the III style of the Bona der (Goddess of Goodness) of Ostia, but the decorative style seemed much simpler (modern Urbisalia, near Macerata).” .

Fabrizio Pessando, scientific director of the Oriental in Naples, goes on to explain that together with Giglio it is in this corner of the Marche, not far from the sea and a short distance from where the Etruscans successfully ran their trade in the 6th century BC. A temple dedicated to the Romans, they had a “Municipium” settled around 100 BC and subsequently elevated to the rank of colony.

Cupula, where Mark Antony and Octavian’s military families and their descendants lived, was named after the divinity of its temple (the historian Strabo stated that Cupula was another name for Hera). are available). There is a forum and a large temple, of which unfortunately little remains today, although excavations carried out by the Naples mission in the past few weeks have allowed some reconstruction. Or at least highlight Giglio and Pessando in that form and his two phases in that life.

Approximately 100 years after its foundation, around the first quarter of the second century AD, the temple exhibited such severe static problems that it became imperative to carry out a radical restoration, which the Romans actually called the “foundation”. became. business.

It was “a massive undertaking and an expensive one,” the archaeologist explained, and was carried out after the 62 AD earthquake using the same advanced techniques employed at Pompeii. rice field.

This is why it has been hypothesized that it may have been Hadrian himself who financed these works. AD toured those parts and also stopped by Cupra.

Archaeologists today say that it was then that the temple lost its original grandeur. This was because the walls containing the shrine cells had to be reinforced, so the wall coverings were also chipped off and perhaps covered with marble, in keeping with current imperial fashions.

Just like the yellows, greens and reds that lit up that sacred space, the brilliant blue of the sky turned into a myriad of debris on the floor and continued to be used as a foundation by Roman architects who were accustomed to recycling everything. I was. for new floors.

The restored temple is now a Corinthian six-column style, with six front columns reaching 9 meters in height and richly decorated with capitals. However, it was decorated with a series of brick semi-columns arranged on the side walls and a dazzling dropstone of a lion’s head revealed by recent excavations.

It was a fresh wonder conceived by Hadrian himself, as confirmed by an inscription found at nearby Grottamare a few years earlier.

This happened while building work was buzzing all over the city, with monumental structures still being erected today, including the two mighty brick arches that surround the temple.

And just in front of the steps of the shrine, which are still preserved today, towered the base of a festive monument, perhaps a statue of a generous emperor.

Unfortunately, in the following centuries (when this happened has not yet been clarified) all this beauty was dismantled, the precious marbles and stately columns reduced to limestone, and other buildings and , the remains of the ruins of the temple, which was demolished at the end of the 19th century to build a country house, tower above the ancient steps of the Roman temple.

“The park is considering whether to put it back or remove it,” says Giglio.

Meanwhile, all new finds are taken to the restoration workshop for cleaning and research. Excavations will resume in the spring, this time focusing on both his two arches and the back of the temple, which will shed light on the decoration of the second phase, Giglio said.

Nearly 2000 years after Emperor Hadrian’s journey, the Roman Cupra is also slowly rediscovering its history and colors. (ANSA). Yellow, Blue, Colors like Pompeii in the Temple of Cupra – Lifestyle

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