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The longest straight axis within Piranesi's plan of the Campo Marzio runs through the Gardens of Nero and the Bustum Hadriani, the formal burial grounds of the Emperor Hadrian. Specifically, the axis begins at the Nympheum Neronis on the Vatican Hill, runs through the Area Martis, passes Hadrian's Tomb, and ends at another nympheum at the bend in the Tiber River.

The plan of the [Martian] temple self-evidently represents a penis and two testicles--a fitting evocation of the male god of war.
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