Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus

Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus

Date Late 2nd to early 1st century BCE

Movement Roman

Medium Marble

Housed at The Musée du Louvre, Paris, and Glyptothek, Staatliche Antikensammulungen, Munich


These sculptural reliefs are taken from the so-called Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus, also referred to as the Base of Marcus Antonius. The top three reliefs depict the marriage procession of Neptune to Amphitrite and are thought to have been brought to Rome by a conquering general. Their swirling, Hellenistic forms contrast drastically with rigid forms of the fourth register, in which a statue of Mars and a magistrate preside over a Roman census.