The complex, probably built in around the mid-1st century BC, consists of four buildings (A) of identical shape and size in opus quasi reticulatum on a single podium (B), facing towards a vast open area bounded by a wall (D).
These are the temples of Venus, Fortuna, Ceres and Spes (Hope) mentioned in an inscription found at Portus and built by Publius Lucilius Gamala, a magistrate belonging to an important Ostian family.
The sanctuary, dedicated to deities who protected sailing and commerce, lay near the river port within the area of public land marked out by the boundary stones of Caninius.
The little temples were restored on numerous occasions, as we know from both the mosaic inscription of the westernmost temple mentioning the duumvir (municipal magistrate) Gaius Cartilius Poplicola (Augustan period) and the addition of a porch to the easternmost temple.
- The area of the theatre and the headquarters of the trading corporations
- Ninfei ai lati del Teatro e Oratorio cristiano
- Piazzale delle Corporazioni
- Domus di Apuleio
- Quattro Tempietti
- Grandi Horrea