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“An alter. Ara was a general term denoting any structure elevated aove the ground, and used to receive upon it offerings made to the gods. Altare, probably contracted from alta ara, was properly restricted to the larger, higher, and more expensive structures. The two specimens shown here are square.” — Smith, 1873


altar, Ara, Arae


William Smith, A School Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1873) 30


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