When visitors left the Forum Boarium to walk towards the Forum Holitorium,
they met just before going through the Porta Carmenta, a small complex of temples with a square and several altars. Left, the temple of Fortune and right the
the temple of Mater Matuta.
Between these stood an unusual monument,
a triumphal gate surmounted by a small temple.
It is at this place, along the forum Holitorium, that stood the famous Elephas herbarius, a pedestal surmounted by a statue of an elephant.