My wife was telling her garden club friends about our fall trip to
and to see the medals that were struck to commemorate the war: Judea Capta, possibly made from the melted down Menorah.
She replied that she had also seen the new installation the Ara Pacis, which was built Augustus. It has rather a charming relief of the whole family, including the imperial children, in procession to the altar of peace.
I thought it was a commonplace, but apparently not everyone knows that there was a period pf peace when Christ was born. As
But he her fears to cease,
Sent down the meek-eyd Peace,
She crown’d with Olive green, came softly sliding
Down through the turning sphear
His ready Harbinger,
With Turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing,
And waving wide her mirtle wand,
She strikes a universall Peace through Sea and Land.
No War, or Battails sound
Was heard the World around,
The idle spear and shield were high up hung;
The hooked Chariot stood
Unstain’d with hostile blood,
The Trumpet spake not to the armed throng,
And Kings sate still with awfull eye,
As if they surely knew their sovran Lord was by.