Tempio di Marte Ultore - Fori Romani

Consciously related in design to the Temple of Venus in the Forum of Julius but larger again by half, the Temple of Mars Ultor was raised on a high podium, with eight columns on three sides, backed against the precinct wall (octastyle peripteral sine postico) and flanked by two porticoes, which are presented in the drawing above in cross section. Constructed largely of Luna marble from the quarries at Carrara, which Augustus was the first to exploit, both the temple and the forum realize his boast, related by Suetonius (XXVIII), that he had "found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble."