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Richardson, Lawrence.
A new topographical dictionary of ancient Rome / L.
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1. Rome (Italy) Buildings, structures, etc.
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L ist o f Illu stra tio n s ix

P reface xv

In tro d u ctio n xvii

B ib lio g ra p h ica l N o tes and A b b rev iation s x x v ii

D ictio n a ry E n tries 1

G lo ssary 435

C h ro n o lo g ica l L ist o f D ated M o n u m en ts 445


The ruins of Rome are well known. They have been G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
drawn repeatedly, beginning in the earliest Renais (R om e, X R ipartizion e d el C om u n e di R om a
sance, and since the invention of photography they 1960), p i 8
have been the object of countless lenses. I am neither
3. Amphitheatrum Flavium, Temple of Divus
a draughtsman nor a photographer of any profi
Claudius, Ludus Magnus, and Adjacencies,
ciency, and it would be the sheerest folly for me to
Representation on the M arble Plan in Relation
try to compete with those who are so much my su
to Modern Streets
periors. Fortunately Ernest N ashs P ictorial D iction
G. C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
ary o f A ncient R o m e2, 2 vols. (London 1968) has ap
G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
peared relatively recently, and it relieves me of much
(R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
of the task of illustration. It not only presents supe
1960), 62
rior photographs of every ancient monument of
which substantial remains still survive but also in 4. Amphitheatrum Flavium, Plan in Four Storeys,
cludes a selection of drawings and plans to illumi Reading Clockwise from the Upper Left
nate monuments that have been lost since the Ren G. C ozzo, II Colosseo (Anfiteatro Flavio)
aissance and to elucidate points that photography (R om e, Fratelli P alo m bi 1971), 35, fig. 14
cannot deal with. Everyone working with the mon
5. Amphitheatrum Flavium, Plan and Sections,
uments of ancient Rome must consult this admirable
Showing the Pattern of Communication
collection constantly. I have therefore limited the il
J. B. W ard-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architec
lustration of this dictionary to plans, of which Nash
ture (H a rm o n d sw orth , Penguin B o o k s 1981),
offers relatively few, a selection of fragments of the
69, fig. 31
M arble Plan, and a few line drawings. I hope that
the plans will make the text easier to understand and 6. Temple of Apollo (Medicus, Sosianus), Re
complement Nashs work and that the evidence of stored Plan Showing Actual Remains
the M arble Plan will make the reader aware of the E. L a R occa, Amazzonomachia (R om e, D e
nature of much of our evidence and its virtues and L u ca E d ito re s.r.l. 1985), 14, fig. B (after G.
shortcomings. The line drawings illustrate recent F o g lia )
work and new discoveries.
7. Temple o f Apollo (Medicus, Sosianus), Order
and Entablature (Architects Drawing)
1. Adonaea, Representation on the M arble Plan
E. L a R occa, Amazzonomachia (R om e, D e
G. C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
L u ca E d ito re s.r.l. 1985), 2 3 , fig. 3 (after R.
G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
[R om e, X R ipartizion e d e l C om u n e di R om a
1960), pi. 34 8. Area Sacra di Largo Argentina, General Plan
F. C oarelli, I. K ajan to, U. N yberg, an d M.
2. Adonaea, Drawing o f Its Representation on the
Steinby, Larea sacra di Largo Argentina
M arble Plan in the Codex Orsinianus (Cod.
(R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
Vat. Lat. 3 4 3 9 -F o 18r)
1981), pi. 2 7
G . C arettoni, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.


9. Area Sacra di SantOmobono, Plan of the Twin G. G atti, Topografia ed edilizia di Roma antica
Temples, Final Phase (R om e, l erma d i B retsch n eid er 1989), 84,
La parola del passato 32 (1 977): 11, fig. 1 pi. 1 (c o r r e c te d )
(A. M. Colini)
19. M ons Capitolinus and Adjacencies, Plan Show
10. Area Sacra di SantOmobono, Plan of the Ar ing Remains of Antiquity in Relation to M od
chaic Temple (Restored) ern Streets and Buildings
M. C ristofan i, d ., La grande Roma dei Tar- F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma
quini (R om e, l erma d i B retsch n eid er 1990), (Verona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 4 0
134, fig. 2 (M. C ristofani)
2 0 . Career, Plan of Both Storeys and Section
11. Area Sacra di SantOm obono, Faade of the F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma
Archaic Temple (Restored) (Verona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 77
M. C ristofani, d ., La grande Roma dei Tar-
2 1 . Casa Romuli, Plan and Sections of Floor and
quini (R om e, l erma d i B retsch n eid er 1990),
Post Holes
135, fig. 3 (M. C ristofani)
Monumenti antichi 41 (1 951): 129, fig. 1 (A.
12. Atrium Vestae, Plan of Republican and Early D avico)
Imperial Remains
2 2 . Casa Romuli, Reconstruction of Framework
E. B. Van D em an , The Atrium Vestae (W ash
Monumenti antichi 41 (1 951): 130, fig. 2 (A.
ington, D .C ., C arn egie Institution P ublications
D avico)
1909), plan A
23. Temple of Castor in the Forum Romanum, Plan
13. Atrium Vestae, Plan after the Severan Re
Showing Three Building Periods, Together with
E. B. Van D em an , The Atrium Vestae (W ash
Acta Archaeologica (C open hagen ) 5 9 (1988):
ington, D .C ., C arn egie Institution P ublications
2, fig. 1 (I. N ielssen )
1909), plan E
24. Temple of Castor and Pollux in Circus Flami-
14. M ons Aventinus, Emporium, Mons Testaceus,
nius, Representation on Marble
General Plan Showing Known Remains of
M. C on ticello d e Spagnolis, II tempio dei Dios
curi nel Circo Flaminio (R om e, D e L u ca Edi-
F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma
tore s.r.l. 1984), 15, fig. 7
(V erona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 293
25. Circus Gaii et Neronis, Restored Sketch Plan
15. Basilica Constantini, Floor Plan, Restored
Superimposed on Existing Buildings
Papers of the British School at Rome 12
Rendiconti della Pontificia Accademia Romana
(1932): pi. 7 (A. M in oprio)
di Archeologia 4 5 (1 9 7 2 -7 3 ): 39, fig. 1 (drawn
16. Mons Caelius, General Plan, Showing Known by C. Saleri fo r F. M agi)
Remains of Antiquity and Modern Streets
2 6 . Diribitorium, Divorum, Minerva Chalcidica,
F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma
and Serapaeum, Representation on the Marble
(V erona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 179
17. Southern Campus Martius, Porticus Octaviae, G. C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
Porticus Philippi, Temple of Apollo Medicus, G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
Temple of Bellona, Theatrum M arcelli, and (R om e, X R ip artizion e d e l C om u n e di R om a
Adjacencies, Representation on the Marble 1960), pi. 31
Plan in Relation to Modern Streets
27. Domus Augustiana, Upper Level, Plan
G. C arettoni, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
W. L . M acD on ald , An Introductory Study, vol.
G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
1 o f The Architecture of the Roman Empire
(R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e di R om a
(N ew H aven, Yale University Press 1965),
1960), 90
18. Campus Martius, Area along the Southern
28. Domus Augustiana, Lower Level, Plan
Stretch of Via Lata (Via Flaminia), Porticus
W. L . M acD on ald , An Introductory Study, vol.
Minucia Frumentaria (?), Statio Cohortis I
1 o f The Architecture of the Roman Empire
Vigilum, Temple of Divus Hadrianus, and
(N ew H aven, Yale University Press 1965),
Columna M arci Aurelii
fig. 58

29. Domus Augusti, Plan, as Known E d itore s.r.l. 1985), 1.249, fig. 2 (R. Volpe,
G. C arettoni, Das Haus des Augustus auf dem a fter H . B au er 1977)
Palatin {Mainz, P hilipp von Z abern 1983), 10,
4 0 . Forum Romanum, Central Area, Plan
plan 2
Jo a n Jo n e s (ad a p ted fro m C. F. G iuliani an d P.
30. Domus Aurea, Lower Storey of Remains on the Verduchi, Larea centrale del foro romano
Oppius, Restored Plan [Florence, L e o S. O lsch k i E d itore 1987], 10,
Analecta romana Instituti Danici, suppl. 10 fig1)
(19 83 ): pi. 3 (L. Fabbrini)
41. Forum Romanum, Rehandling of the Central
31. Domus Aurea, Upper Storey of Remains on the Area in the Time of Diocletian, Reconstruction
Oppius over the Octagon Complex C. F. G iuliani a n d P. Verduchi, Larea centrale
Analecta romana Instituti Danici, suppl. 10 del foro romano (Florence, L e o S. O lsch ki E d i
{1983): pi. 1 (L. Fabbrini) tore 1987), 163, fig. 233

32. Domus, Iohannes et Paulus, Plan of the Build 4 2 . Horologium Augusti, Birds-eye View, Showing
ings Excavated under the Church of Santi Relation to Ara Pacis Augustae and Via Lata
Giovanni e Paolo (Flaminia)
F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma E. Buchner, Die Sonnenuhr des Augustus
(V erona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 184 (M ainz, P hilipp von Z abern 1982), 43, fig. 13

33. Domus Tiberiana, General Plan with Areas 43. Horrea Galbae and Porticus Aemilia, Repre
Recently Investigated by the Swiss Institute in sentation on the M arble Plan
Rome Marked G. C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
R. L o c h e r a n d B. Sigel, eds., Domus Tiberiana, G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
nuove ricerche, studi di restauro (Zrich, Ver (R om e, X R ipartizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
lag d er Fachverein e 1985), fig. 158 1960), pi. 24

34. Domus Tiberiana, General Plan with Conjec 44. Horti Sallustiani, Pavilion (Palazzo di Sallus-
tural Restoration of the Ground Storey tio), Plans of Ground Level and Upper Level
R. L o c h e r a n d B. Sigel, eds., Domus Tiberiana, G. C ipriani, Horti Sallustiani2 (R om e, Istituto
nuove ricerche, studi di restauro (Zrich, Ver N az io n a le d elle A ssicurazioni 1982), 34, figs.
lag d er Fachverein e 1985), 131, fig. 141 1 5 -1 6

35. Emporium, Horrea Galbae, and Porticus 45. Horti Sallustiani, Pavilion (Palazzo di Sallus-
Aemilia tio ), Cross Sections, Front and Rear
Roma, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca G. C ipriani, Horti Sallustiani2 (R om e, Istituto
E d itore s.r.l. 1985), 2 .4 3 5 , fig. 2 (R. M ene- N azion ale d elle A ssicurazioni 1982), 35, figs.
ghini, a fter G. Gatti) 1718 (a fter surveys o f 1935)

36. Forum Augustum and Forum Iulium, Restored 4 6 . Iseum Campense and Serapaeum, Area as Rep
Plan resented on the Marble Plan
H . K ahler, Der rmische Tempel (Berlin, Gebr. G. C arettoni, A. M. C olini, L. C ozza, a n d G.
M ann Verlag 1970), fig. 6 G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
(R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e di R om a
37. Forum Boarium and Forum Holitorium, Plan
1960), 98
of the Ancient Remains, as Known
F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma 47. Iseum Campense and Adjacencies, Plan, as
(Verona, A. M o n d ad ori 1974), 2 8 0 Known
G. G atti, Topografia ed edilizia di Roma antica
38. Forum Holitorium, Temples of Spes, Iuno Sos-
(R om e, l erma d i B retsch n eid er 1989), pi. 4
pita, and Pietas (?), Plan of Existing Remains
(fo llo w in g 168)
with Reconstruction
Memorie della Pontificia Accademia Romana di 48 . Temple of Divus Iulius, Arcus Augusti, Temple
Archeologia 13 (1981): pi. 1 (L. C rozzoli Aite) of Vesta, Regia, and Adjacencies, Restored
Plan, after R. Gamberini-Mongenet
39. Forum Nervae, Porticus Absidata, and Basilica
E. N ash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome2
Paulli (Aemilia), Restored Plan
(L on d o n , T h am es an d H u dson 1968), 1.93,
Rom a, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca
fig 94


49. Temple of Divus Iulius, Plan of Existing J. B. W ard-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architec
Remains ture (H arm on d sw o rth , Penguin B o o k s 1981),
Rom a, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca 435, fig. 2 9 6
E d ito re s.r.l. 1985), 1.70, fig. 5 (M. G.
60. Nymphaeum Alexandri, First Level, Plan of Ac
C ecchini)
tual State
50. Temple of Iuppiter Heliopolitanus in the Lucus Roma, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca
Furrinae, Plan of Remains, All Periods E d ito re s.r.l. 1985), 2 .4 9 9 , fig. 13 (G . T edeschi
M. M ele an d C. M occh eg ian i C arpan o, eds., Grisanti)
Larea del santuario siriaco del Gianicolo
61. Nymphaeum Alexandri, Second Level, Plan of
(R om e, E d izion i Q u asar 1982), 89, pi. 1
Actual State
(after P. G au ckler)
Rom a, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca
51. Lacus Iutumae, Statio Aquarum, and Adjacen E d ito re s.r.l. 1985), 2 .4 9 8 , fig. 12 (G . T edeschi
cies, Plan Grisanti)
E. M. Steinby, Lacus Iuturnae I (R om e, D e
62. Mons Oppius and Mons Cispius, General Plan
L u ca E d ito re s.r.l. 1989), 1 7 6 (after G. B on i,
Showing Known Remains of Antiquity in Rela
Notizie degli scavi 1901, fig. 13)
tion to Modern Streets
52. Ludus Magnus, Restored Plan F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma (Ve
E. N ash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome2 ron a, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 192
(L on d o n , T h am es a n d H u dson 1968), 2 .2 4 , fig.
63. M ons Palatinus, General Plan of Remains of
698 (after L . C ozza)
Antiquity, as Known
53. Temple of the Magna Mater, Temple of Victo F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma (Ve
ria, and Adjacencies, Plan of Existing Remains rona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 1 3 6 - 3 7
Roma, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca
64. Pantheon, Floor Plan with Adjacencies
E d itore s.r.l. 1985), 1.188, fig. 7 (P. Pensabene)
F. E. B row n , Roman Architecture (N ew York,
54. Mausoleum Augusti, Plan G eo rg e B raziller 1961), fig. 6 7
G. G atti, Topografa ed edilizia di Roma antica
65. Templum Pacis, Representation on the Marble
(R om e, l erma di B retsch n eid er 1989), 27,
fig- 3 G. C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
55. Mausoleum Augusti, Restored Elevation by G. G atti, La pianta marmrea di Roma antica
Gatti (R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
G. G atti, Topografa ed edilizia di Roma antica 1960), pi. 2 0
(R om e, l erma di B retsch n eid er 1989), 47,
66. Templum Pacis, Plan, as Known
fig. 13
G. G atti, Topografa ed edilizia di Roma antica
56. Mausoleum Hadriani, Plan and Axonometrie (R om e, l erma d i B retsch n eid er 1989), fig. 1
Section of the Ancient Remains
67. Pomerium of Imperial Rome with Location of
Rmische Mitteilungen 8 6 (1979) 3 1 9 , fig. 1
Cippi Found in Situ, Showing Relation to the
(M. Eisner)
Aurelian Walls
57. M ercati di Traiano, Axonometrie Drawing D raw ing by Jo a n Jo n e s
Showing M ain Levels and Multiple Storeys
68. Porticus Liviae, Representation on the Marble
W. L . M acD on ald , An Introductory Study, vol.
1 o f T h e Architecture of the Roman Empire
G. C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
(N ew H aven, Yale University Press 1965),
G atti, La pianta marmrea di Roma antica
fig. 75
(R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
58. Murus Servii Tullii and Principal Roads Enter 1960), pi. 18
ing Rome, with the Gates in the Walls Num
69. Porticus Minucia (Vetus) and Temple of the
Lares Permarini, Plan, as Known
Jo a n Jo n e s (a d a p ted fro m Roma medio repub-
F. C oarelli, I. K ajan to, U. N yberg, a n d M.
blicana [R om e, A ssessorato A ntichit, B elle
Steinby, Larea sacra di Largo Argentina
A rti e P roblem i d ella Cultura 1973], en d paper)
(R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
59. Nymphaeum (Tempio di Minerva M edica ), 1981), 80, pi. 2 6 (after L . C ozza)
Plan, Showing Two Building Periods


70. Porticus Octaviae and Porticus Philippi, Repre G. C arettoni, A. M. C olini, L . C ozza, an d G.
sentation on the M arble Plan G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica
G . C aretton i, A. M. C olini, L. C ozza, an d G. (R om e, X R ip artizion e d el C om u n e d i R o m a
G atti, La pianta marmorea di Roma antica 1960), pi. 32
(R om e, X R ipartizion e d el C om u n e d i R om a
83. Thermae Agrippae, Plan by C. Hlsen Based on
1960), p i 29
a Plan by A. Palladio and a Fragment of the
71. Porticus Octaviae, Restored Plan Marble Plan
P. Fidenzoni, II teatro di M arcello (R om e, Edi- F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma (Ve
zion i L ib e r 1970), 146, fig. 8 7 ron a, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 2 5 6

72. Collis Quirinalis and Collis Viminalis, General 84. Thermae Antoninianae, Plan by A. Palladio
Plan Showing Known Remains of Antiquity in G. P icard, Living Architecture: Roman (N ew
Relation to Modern Streets Y ork, G rosset an d D unlap 1965), 145
F. C oarelli, Guida archeologica di Roma (Ve
85. Thermae Constantinianae, Plan by A. Palladio
rona, A. M o n d a d o ri 1974), 2 1 8
J. B. W ard-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architec
73. Regia, First Period, Restored Plan ture (H arm on d sw orth , Penguin B o o k s 1981),
E. G jerstad et al., Les Origines de la republique 4 3 1 , fig. 292
romaine (Entretiens Hardt 13) (V andoeuvres
86. Thermae Diocletiani, Plan by A. Palladio
G en eva 1967), facin g 55, fig. 4 (F. E. B row n)
J. B. W ard-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architec
74. Regiones Quattuor and Sacraria of the Argei, ture (H arm on d sw orth , Penguin B o o k s 1981),
as Known 4 1 9 , fig. 282
D raw ing by Jo a n Jo n e s (after L . Quilici)
87. Thermae Neronianae (Alexandrinae), Plan, as
75. Septimontium Known, with Restorations
D raw ing by Jo a n Jo n e s (after L . Q u ilici) Roma, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca
E d itore s.r.l. 1985), 2 .3 0 6 , fig. 1 (G. Ghini)
76. Sepulcrum Scipionum, Plan, Actual State
F. C oarelli, II sepolcro degli Scipioni a Roma 88. Thermae Titi, Plan by A. Palladio
(R om e, Fratelli P alom b i 1988), 11 J. B. W ard-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architec
ture (H arm on d sw orth , Penguin B o o k s 1981),
77. Sepulcrum Scipionum, Faade, Restored
72, fig. 33
F. C oarelli, II sepolcro degli Scipioni a Roma
(R om e, Fratelli P alom bi 19 8 8 ), 13 89. Thermae Traiani, Plan after A. Palladio
B. Tam m , Neros Gymnasium in Rom (S tock
78. Sessorium, Amphitheatrum Castrense, Circus
h olm , A lm qv ist an d W iksell 1970), fig. 4 (F o to -
Varianus, and Thermae Helenae, Plan
teca U nione, neg. no. 3560)
Memorie della Pontificia Accademia Romana di
Archeologia 8 (1955): plan facin g p. 178 90. Mons Velia, Showing Remains of Antiquity
(A. M. Colini) and Important Modern Features
Analecta romana Instituti Danici, suppl. 10
79. Stadium Domitiani, Restored Plan
(1 983): 131, fig. 3 (A. M. C olini) (after R eina,
A. M. C olini, Stadium Domitiani (R om e,
Media Pars Urbis, 1911)
Istituto d i Studi R om an i 1943), pl. B (by I.
G ism ondi) 91. Temple of Venus et Rom a, Plan of Existing
80. Theatrum Balbi, Crypta Balbi, and Adjacencies,
Roma, archeologia nel centro (R om e, D e L u ca
Plan, as Known
E d ito re s.r.l. 1985), 1 .1 1 1 , fig. 8 (S. Panella,
F. C oarelli, I. K ajan to, U. N yberg, an d M.
a fter G . G atti a n d A. C assatella)
Steinby, Larea sacra di Largo Argentina
(R om e, X R ipartizion e d el C om u n e di R om a 92. Temple of Venus et Rom a, Original Plan,
1981), 79, pi. 25 (after G. Gatti) Restored
J. B. W ard-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architec
81. Theatrum M arcelli, Restored Plan
ture (H a rm o n d sw o rth , Penguin B o o k s 1981),
P. F idenzoni, II teatro di M arcello (R om e, Edi-
122, fig. 59
zion i L ib e r 1970), 42, fig. 22

82. Theatrum Pompeii and Porticus Pompeii, Rep

resentation on the M arble Plan

The topographical dictionary offered in the pages the errors are not intolerable or innumerable, that is
that follow has been more than a decade in genera in large part owing to the help and advice I have re
tion. It was begun when I was professor-in-charge of ceived from many sources and many kind authori
the School of Classical Studies at the American ties. They are far too numerous for me to be able
Academy in Rome in 1980. A few years earlier, in even to remember all of them, let alone to thank
the course of directing a summer seminar for college them adequately here. They are of many nationalities
teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for and ages; many of them are no longer living. But it
the Humanities on problems in the topography of would be invidious and ungrateful to omit the name
ancient Rome, I had become acutely aware how in of any. The best I can do is to tender a general heart
adequate and out of date the standard reference felt thanks to all; my appreciation is not in any way
works on the subject had become. Then in the course the less profound for that. The names of two, how
of a visit to the site of Lavinium with Professor Fer- ever, deserve particular commendation, Professor
dinando Castagnoli to see the newly discovered sanc Fred S. Kleiner of Boston University and Professor
tuary of Minerva and the terracotta sculptures un Robert E. A. Palmer of the University of Pennsylva
earthed there I discussed the situation with him, for nia. They have taught me much and saved me from
I knew he had many years earlier projected a revised countless stupidities, especially in the fields of nu
version of the topographical dictionary of Samuel mismatics and epigraphy. Both have read the manu
Ball Platner and Thomas Ashby and I was anxious script through and made incisive observations on al
to know when it might become available. And at that most every page, correcting mistakes and omissions
time he told me that his work on Lavinium had come and improving my reading of the evidence. This is a
to occupy most of his time and attention and the dic much better book thanks to their generosity.
tionary was still far from complete and had been put M ost of the text was written in the libraries of the
aside indefinitely. In consequence of this conversa American Academy in Rome and Duke University.
tion I began to think seriously of writing such a dic The staffs of these libraries have been of constant
tionary myself, and the result is what is before the cheerful assistance and done much to make my work
reader. easier and pleasanter. I have had the benefit of the
It is almost inevitable that a work of the scope of watchful eyes and willing hands of Steven M . Cerutti
that presented here should contain at least occa and John Alan Stevens in checking my references.
sional errors. It ranges in time over more than a mil For the production of plans and drawings I am in
lennium and attempts to embrace all the pertinent debted especially to the lens of Lewis Parrish and the
monuments within the sacred boundary of the pen of Joan Jones; other sources of the illustrations
worlds greatest city. Consequently it calls for com are acknowledged in the list of these. And finally, in
petence in more disciplines than almost any single the difficult and extended process of converting my
scholar can command. I can only hope that the blun manuscript into a finished book, I have been the
ders the reader may find are not so egregious as to grateful recipient of the expert advice and kindly for
impair the books usefulness, for like any dictionary, bearance of many members of the staff of the Johns
its primary purpose is to define the entries, to state Hopkins University Press, especially Jane Warth and
succinctly what is and is not known about them, and Eric Halpern.
to fit them into their place in a larger frame. But if


The tools of the topographer of ancient Rome are changed, especially in a place as much frequented as
very varied, everything that can be brought to bear the Forum Romanum. Sometimes this is for cosmetic
on any historical or archaeological problem, begin reasons or convenience, sometimes because of dam
ning with the ancient literary sources and descending age, sometimes arbitrary or a mistake. In the past it
to the unearthing and analysis of any sort of physical was common practice to repair damaged and un
remains. The literary sources must be evaluated, stable monuments with ancient material that did not
however; too often there is a tendency to take any belong to these but was found nearby, a practice that
mention of a monument at face value and out of con is found also in antiquity. The work of the topogra
text, and the reliability of the source is too seldom pher is a path through a maze, beset with pitfalls and
questioned, even by seasoned scholars. Inscriptions, full of surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant.
including the stamps of ownership on lead pipes and There are numerous descriptions of the physical
brick-stamps, are another source of information. But city of Rome surviving from antiquity, none of which
the stamps on lead pipes need not always indicate is without value, but all of which require interpreta
ownership, and bricks are not always used within a tion. None is in any sense a topographical survey.
short time of their manufacture. They may even be The descriptions range from Horaces poetical ac
reused. The mutilated fragments of Forma Urbis count of a walk through the center of the city while
Romae known as the M arble Plan of Rome are a he is pestered by an insufferable leech and Vergils
marvelous help, every square inch worth study, but description of Aeneass divinely inspired, dreamlike
the plan is not meticulously drawn, and there are dis visit to the Arcadian king Evander to attempts in
tortions in the surveying. Moreover^ of the 712 Livy and Tacitus to convey the magnitude of disas
known and catalogued fragments, many of them trous fires, the confusion of battle, or the grandeur
composed of several pieces, fewer than 50 have been of ceremonies. A few merit special mention: Plinys
positively identified and located. New joins are made attempt (H N 3 .6 6 67) to describe the enormous size
from time to time, and new locations suggested or of Rome as a metropolis by measuring the distances
discovered. Coins showing monuments have been ac from the Milliarium Aureum in the Forum Ro
corded more attention and given more weight than manum to the thirty-seven gates of Rome and then
they deserve. As soon as a temple or other monument the length of all the streets from the same point to
was decreed, it might appear on a coin and be shown the limits of concentrated building and habitation;
in a form that had nothing to do with the ultimate Frontinuss careful account of the water supply (D e
reality. This is especially true of coins issued at mints A quis) with the time of construction of each new
other than that of Rome. Unless one knows the date aqueduct, its volume, and the regions of the city that
of both coin and monument, a coin is almost wholly it served; and Strabos attempt (5.3.78 [2 3 4 35])
untrustworthy evidence. Even the representation of to define Rom es magnificence as a singular combi
an existing building on a coin is often arbitrary, and nation of natural advantages, admirable organiza
we do not know the Roman conventions for such tion of public works, and superb architecture. These
representations as interiors. Worse than coins are do not convey useful information, such as can be
lead tesserae. However, old photographs, as well as quarried piecemeal from the works of Varro, Vitru
old prints, must never be neglected. Often in the vius, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus, but they are
course of time the appearance of features may have early attempts to treat the city as an entity, to see it

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as a physical organism. The antiquarians must be effort has been made to take into account the results
cited repeatedly for their interest in old and odd of the latest excavations and research. But significant
place-names, curious customs, and religious lore; the work on the topography of the ancient city goes
enormous learning of the Augustan scholar Verrius back as far as the Renaissance and such antiquarians
Flaccus, transmitted in abbreviated and mutilated and architects as Bartolomeo M arliano and Pirro Li-
form in the dictionary of Festus, the collection and gorio, and systematic study of the subject has been
discussion of random information of interest by Val pursued since the eighteenth century. We have inher
erius Maximus and Aulus Gellius, and the erudite ited a vast body of knowledge built up by some of
inventions of Macrobius and Tertullian are all im the best minds in the Western world, and I have seen
portant and often illuminating of what in greater my task as one more of sorting and selecting than of
writers is taken for granted. In the study of the to adding. I have added where the evidence showed ex
pography of the ancient city no ancient author writ isting interpretations inadequate or implausible, but
ing anything at all about the city can be ignored, I have tried to refrain from speculation.
but each individually must be carefully weighed. A The geographical limits of this dictionary are pro
scholiast will often include an explanation that he vided by the fourteen region es of the Augustan re
thinks is plausible, rather than something based on organization of Rome, as far as they can be deter
genuine knowledge; the scholia on Juvenal are no mined. They are defined principally by the buildings
toriously unreliable. Or there will be information listed for each in the regionary catalogues of the
that he understands imperfectly, as is sometimes the fourth century, and their outer perimeter follows ap
case with Servius. But until the onset of the Middle proximately the line of the walls of Aurelian, except
Ages in the sixth century every scrap of writing in the Transtiberim. On the left bank of the Tiber,
about the city is to be prized and scrutinized, from these walls also closely follow the o ctroi (customs)
Plautuss digression on the frequenters of the Forum boundary of the time of Commodus, which was
Romanum to Procopiuss spirited account of Belisar- marked by cippi and so provides a convenient defi
iuss defense of Rome against the Goths. There are nition of the city limits at the height of the empire.
often nuggets of value in very unsuspected places, in But on the right bank the area included within the
Senecas A p o co lo cy n to sis and Johannes Lyduss D e walls was simply a wedge running to the top of the
M knsibus. Janiculan hill to prevent any enemy from seizing that
The ancient sources bearing on topographical fea vantage point from which to bombard the city and
tures of most of Rome have been gathered together to protect the heads of the most important Tiber
in Fontes a d T op og rap h iam Veteris Urbis R o m a e bridges. Here the list of buildings given by the re
Pertinentes by Giuseppe Lugli in collaboration with gionary catalogues for Regio X IV indicates an area
a number of his associates and students, published stretching from the sanctuary of Hercules Cubans, a
from 1952 to 1969. Here, under convenient head half-kilometer outside the Porta Portuensis on the
ings and with a wealth of cross references, one can south, to the Gaianum and Naumachia Vaticana be
find the material of every sort pertinent to any fea yond the Mausoleum Hadriani on the north, and
ture or monument from the general site and geogra westward to the ridge of the Janiculan hill and slope
phy to the least dedication or image depicted on a of the Vatican, including the Circus Gaii et Neronis.
lead tessera. N o sort of evidence is neglected, and the This is a vast area and imprecisely bounded, but al
inclusion of brick-stamps and coins, even when their though parts of it were populous, it was not rich in
pertinence is in some doubt, enhances the usefulness public buildings, so hard decisions on what to in
of this work. The abundant subheadings make ref clude and what to exclude do not present themselves.
erence easy, and brief footnotes provide dates and Within the boundaries thus set all significant sites,
identify obscure allusions. But a few areas were monuments, and buildings from the earliest occupa
not completed, and there is no discussion of these tion of Rome to the onset of the Middle Ages in the
sources, or their value, when it is questionable, and sixth century have been included, with the exception
inscriptions are only minimally described. The texts of most Christian churches and tombs. The study of
of authors are taken from the latest Teubner edi early Christian Rome is a separate discipline best left
tions without apparatus, and the work is published to quite different specialists, and, although I have fre
on very poor paper with few illustrations. Conse quently drawn on their work, I am not competent to
quently, it serves more as an index to the sources judge it, especially in matters of liturgical impor
than a replacement for them, but as such it is tremen tance. While this is not a dictionary exclusively of
dously valuable. Unfortunately, it was also a small pagan Rome, it cannot cover everything, and Chris
edition, and it is difficult to find a copy today. tian monuments have been omitted, except as they
The present book is a new dictionary in the sense have bearing on the physical shape of pagan ones.
that every entry has been written entirely afresh and The most important of our sources of information,

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apart from the literary sources, are the physical re for each day and include modern bibliography. This
mains of buildings revealed in excavations. Few an supersedes Theodor M ommsens work in C IL 1.2
cient monuments survived above ground through the and is a mine of information.
centuries of neglect from the onset of the Middle O f the fragments of plans on marble, the most im
Ages to the reawakening of interest in antiquity and portant are those of the Forma Urbis Romae known
its preservation in the Renaissance. And those that as the Marble Plan, a map of the city drawn between
did were generally rebuilt in other architectural a . d . 203 and 211 in the time of Septimius Severus. It

forms, becoming parts of towers, castles, churches, was inscribed on heavy rectangular plates of marble
and palazzi. The rediscovery of the surviving remains at the scale of 1 :2 4 0 , and these were hung on a wall
in the foundations and walls of later buildings con in the Templum Pacis. The wall still survives today
tinues today, and almost no year passes without im behind the church of SS. Cosma e Damiano, and the
portant fresh information coming to light. Apart pattern of clamps and backing can be discerned. The
from additions to our knowledge of architecture and execution is careless and inaccurate in detail, with
city planning, excavations also yield a harvest of epi- occasional serious errors in the surveying, but the
graphical material, especially inscribed pipes and plan is still invaluable. It showed the whole of the
brick-stamps. center of the city of Rome, many of the buildings and
Along with these one must rank other, more im landmarks inscribed with their names, but it is ori
portant inscriptions, the fragments of calendars, the ented with the southeast at the top and excluded im
various fasti of Rome, and the fragments of plans portant southeastern reaches of the city, including
inscribed on marble. Inscriptions often untowardly the areas of the Baths of Caracalla and the Porta
preserve topographical information of great value. Maggiore. The bronze clamps that held it to the wall
Among these pride of place must be given to the so- gave way in time, and the plates fell and broke at the
called Capitoline Base (C IL 6 .9 7 5 = IL S 6073) now foot of the wall. The fragments were then in large
in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, an inscription of the part dispersed. Their recovery began in 1562 on the
time of Hadrian in which were listed the m agistri of initiative of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, and the
the vici of Rome headed with the name of each vicus subsequent history of these, the discovery of more
and divided among the Augustan regiones. Unfortu fragments, and their reassembly and publication by
nately, only somewhat less than one-half the whole various scholars is a fascinating story in itself. They
list survives, the magistri of Regiones I, X , X II, X III, are now housed in Palazzo Braschi in Rome. The
and XIV, but the information to be gleaned from the most recent publications are those by a commission
names of the vici is very important. N ext to this we of four scholars, G. Carettoni, A. M . Colini, L.
should perhaps set the decree of Tarracius Bassus, Cozza, and G. Gatti, L a p ian ta m arm orea di R om a
p raefectu s u rbi toward the end of the fourth century, antica, 2 vols. (Rome 1960), and E. Rodriguez Al
against miscreants who had cheated and usurped meida, F orm a urbis m a rm o rea : A ggiorn am en to g en
public benefits to their own profit. These were iden erate, 2 vols. (Rome 1981). The first of these is a me
tified by name, together with those whom they had ticulous study of the monument from a great many
wronged, identified by the name of their vicus. The perspectives, together with fine plates of all the frag
decree is known only in fragments, but there were ments at large scale. The second publishes many ad
multiple copies, and there are more than a dozen im vances made since 1960 in the joining and placing of
portant fragments, which give many vicus names not fragments, but large numbers of fragments still re
exampled elsewhere (C IL 6 .1 7 6 6 , 3 1 8 9 3 9 0 1 ; IL S main unassigned. Moreover, it has been suspected
6072). that some fragments may belong to another, earlier
The fasti are numerous, amounting to more than version of the plan, probably Flavian in date, which
forty, and come from a great variety of sites, for the raises the question whether a master plan of the city
most part near Rome, but they are all fragmentary may not have been executed for Agrippa, acting as
and of various date. The most important are the Fasti Augustuss agent, at the time of his overhauling of
Praenestini, believed to have been compiled by Ver- the water and sewer systems of Rome beginning in
rius Flaccus in a . d . 69 and displayed in the forum 33 B .C . If so, then all subsequent plans were prob
of Praeneste, and the Fasti Antiates Maiores, painted ably based on that. In 1983, in an excavation in Via
on plaster, of 8 4 55 B .C . The fasti have all been col Anicia in the Transtiberim, there came to light part
lected and handsomely published by Atilio Degrassi of a thin plate of marble showing the bank of the
in Fasti A nni N u m an i et lu lian i (In scription es Ital- river and the Temple of Castor and Pollux on Circus
iae, vol. 13.2) (Rome 1963), a work of the highest Flaminius. This is incised at the same scale as the
scholarship that includes extensive com m en tarii Marble Plan, 1 :2 4 0 , but much more delicately and
diurni, which bring together the literary and epi- precisely. Walls are drawn with double lines, rather
graphical sources pertaining to religious observances than the single lines of the M arble Plan, and a range

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of refinements including identifications introduced. mation of value but few details. The work is included
This fragment overlaps with one of the Marble Plan, in Mommsens C h ron ica M in ora 1 (M onum enta
and its place is certain, but it seems to have been G erm an iae H istrica, vol. 9, Berlin 1892) 1 4 1 -4 8 .
made earlier by perhaps a century and for a different The chronology of Saint Jerom e a translation into
purpose. M ore fragments will probably come to Latin of the chronology of Eusebius for the history
light, and the study of the plan continues to produce of the world with additions extending it to a . d .
new information. 3 7 9 gives in parallel columns Eastern and Western
From late antiquity come the two lists known as calendars and adds events of significance in Roman
the regionary catalogues, the C uriosum and N otitia, history. These include much about literary figures, as
lists of buildings and landmarks arranged according well as political events, and preserve a wealth of in
to the Augustan regiones of the city, followed by formation, not always accurate. Jerom es sources in
counts of buildings of various types. These are in cluded Suetonius but are not otherwise precisely
complete, and their purpose has been much debated. known. Because notices of significant building and
After careful study, A. Nordh concluded that the Cu catastrophes are also included, the chronicle is fre
riosum was compiled in or about the time of Diocle quently of value for the topographer. Its latest edi
tian from public lists and/or a map of the general tion is the second edition by Rudolph Helm (Euse
character of the M arble Plan and intended to be a bius, W erke, vol. 7, Berlin 1984).
list of the regiones of the city with the neighbor A century later, toward the middle of the fifth cen
hoods therein contained identified by prominent tury, Polemius Silvius constructed an annotated cal
buildings or landmarks. This was then augmented by endar, essentially Christian and astronomical, and
interpolations and the addition of incidental infor added to it lists of landmarks Q u ae sint R o m ae. Ap
mation, such as the heights of the columns of Trajan parently writing somewhere in the south of France,
and Marcus Aurelius. At the end of the list for each he relied on the work of the Chronographer of 3 5 4 ,
regio were added certain statistics for types of build or something very similar, the C uriosum , and other
ings, amenities, and officials, some of which continue sources of the same sort. He adds to our knowledge
to be enigmatic today. Finally, there were appended names for monuments in use under the later empire
two lists, one a compilation of significant features for but little else, and his list is studded with problems
the city as a whole (obelisks, bridges, hills, and so of every sort.
on), and the other statistical tables of buildings for Collections of these sources, together with an as
the whole city. The omission of a great many famous sortment of others of smaller value, have been gath
buildings from these lists is puzzling; it is thought ered together and published from time to time, as
that perhaps it is to be laid to their not having given well as studies of the individual documents. The
their name to any neighborhood. The N otitia was most important and accessible of such publications
then compiled before the end of the reign of Con are those of C. L. Urlichs, C o d ex Urbis R o m a e T opo-
stantine, using an early version of the C uriosum as graphicu s (Wrzburg 187 1); H. Jordan, Topogra-
basis. The N otitia has certain more correct readings p b ie d er Stadt R om im A lterthum , 2 vols. (Berlin
than any of the surviving manuscripts of the Cu 1871); Theodor Mommsen, C hron ica M inora 1
riosum and omits a few of the interpolations, but (M onum enta G erm an iae H istrica, vol. 9, Berlin
contains other interpolations. The two appendices 18 9 2 ); and R. Valentini and G. Zucchetti, C od ice
that follow these lists and are to all intents and pur to p o g rfico d ella citta d i R om a, vol. 1 (Rome 1940).
poses the same the first of features most of which Urlichs collection is comprehensive but difficult to
are omitted from the regionary lists, the other a com find, and much valuable work on the nature and
pilation of the numbers of various sorts of buildings, quality of the texts has been done subsequently, es
many of which appear earlier in their regiones pecially by Mommsen. Jordan includes admirable
must have been added somewhat later, the latter discussions of certain texts that especially interested
first, but probably neither later than the fourth cen him, although the notion that the basis of the region
tury. ary catalogues was a list of the buildings that
To the fourth century also belong the works of the bounded each of the fourteen regiones of the Augus
Chronographer of 3 5 4 and Saint Jerom e (Hierony tan city, a notion prevalent everywhere in the nine
mus). The former provides a list of the accomplish teenth century, is no longer accepted. Today we de
ments of the kings of the early city and a list of the pend on Valentini and Zucchetti for these; their first
emperors with the remarkable events that occurred volume collects the most important sources from an
under each, beginning with Julius Caesar and ex tiquity down through the sixth century, ending with
tending to Licinius. Because the compiler was espe Johannes Lydus and pseudo-Zaccharias. Each text is
cially interested in building activity and such natural discussed in a preface and provided with an appa
disasters as fires, he includes much incidental infor ratus criticus and extensive annotation that takes full


account o f modern scholarship. The selection of lit res g estae of the early popes in biographical form, is
erary and epigraphical material from the classical pe of varying value. The first collected edition of these
riod is necessarily limited and somewhat arbitrary, lives seems to have been made under Pope Boniface
but this is meant to be simply introductory. The body II (5 3 0 -5 3 2 ). The earliest lives are very spare and
of the work begins with the regionary catalogues, schematic. A little at a time they become richer and
and for these and successive documents this is now more informative; toward the end of the fifth century
our best authority. It is referred to repeatedly here, they begin to show the character of contemporary
cited as V Z. compositions. In the sixth century they focus more
After Constantine and the acceptance of Chris sharply on the politics and administration of the
tianity into respectability in Rome, one begins to get church. The sequel, or second edition, extending the
Christian topographical documents, lists of the history in similar form until the death of Pope M ar
burial places of popes and martyrs, and lists of the tin V (1431), is very uneven. Through the ninth cen
churches and cemeteries with their respective graves. tury the lives are the work of anonymous court func
These begin in a small way with the Chronographer tionaries, compiled during the lifetime of the popes
of 354. At first they are of small value to the topog from official records and archives, and some of these
rapher, because the dead were still buried beyond the (Hadrian I, Paschal I, Gregory IV) are important. In
pomerium, and it was there that churches dedicated the tenth century and majority of the eleventh they
to them were built. Through the Middle Ages of the are dry catalogues with occasional mention of his
sixth to ninth centuries Rome and interest in its an torical events. Then, beginning with Pope Gregory
tiquities continued to dwindle and decay. But about VII (1 0 7 3 1086), extended biographies are the work
the time of Charlemagne we begin to feel the winds of various contemporaries, but are brought into a
of change. An extraordinary portmanteau manu semblance of uniformity by the editing of twelfth-
script known as the C o d ex E insiedelnsis (Einsiedeln century scholars, and in such form continue until the
no. 326) contains, among other things, a precious early fifteenth century. The topographical informa
topographical document in five distinct parts, each tion contained in the L ib er is incidental, sometimes
written in a different hand: (1) the Einsiedeln sylloge, casual, but it provides much that is valuable about
a collection of inscriptions, both pagan and Chris the transformation of the ancient pagan city into a
tian, copied from monuments, for the most part in Christian one. In modern times the L ib er has been
Rome, toward the end of the eighth century; (2) the edited by L. Duchesne in masterly fashion (vol. 1,
Einsiedeln itinerary, an itinerary for pilgrims ar Paris 1 8 8 6 ; vol. 2, Paris 1892) and by Mommsen
ranged in eleven crossings of the city of Rome in var (only vol. 1, until the death of Constantine in 715,
ious directions from gate to gate, with lists of the Berlin 1898). A small section, from Pope Paschal II
sights to be seen on either hand, as well as in the (1 0 9 9 -1 1 1 8 ) to Pope Honorius II (1 1 2 4 1130), the
immediate path. This was composed before the cre work of the Roman Pandolfo (ca. 1137), has been
ation of the Leonine city in 8 4 8 852 and after the edited by J. M . M arch on the basis of a manuscript
foundation of the monastery of S. Silvestro in 7 5 2 in Tortosa (Barcelona 1925). The significant pas
7 6 7, so it may be placed close to the time of Charle sages for topographical studies have been excerpted
magne; (3) a description of the walls of Rome, of by Valentini and Zucchetti, using all three important
fered as an appendix to the itinerary, which amounts modern editions. In this dictionary citations are usu
to a statistical inventory of features such as towers ally made following Duchesne (cited as LPD), as well
and windows for the stretches of the Aurelian Walls as Valentini and Zucchetti (VZ). The significant
from gate to gate at a time when they were in serious early Christian lists, Einsiedeln material, and L ib er
disrepair, so presumably between the time of Belisa- Pontificalis are collected by Valentini and Zucchetti
rius and the eighth century, when their repair was in their second volume (Rome 1942).
undertaken by four popes, Sisinnius, Gregory II, One of the more extraordinary productions of the
Gregory III, and Hadrian I; the most likely date for twelfth-century revival of interest in antiquity is the
it would be early in the eighth century; (4) an appen M irabilia, originally composed, as Duchesne dem
dix of the liturgical rites of Holy Week in Rome writ onstrated, by Benedetto Canonico, cantor of the ba
ten sometime between 6 8 7 and the first years of the silica of S. Pietro, between 1140 and 1143. It is a
ninth century; and (5) an anthology of Latin poems guidebook for pilgrims, beginning with statistics
including epitaphs of a . d . 7 9 9 and 840, originally a about the fortifications of Rome, and contains lists
separate volume. It is clear that the first four parts of of the principal monuments: gates, triumphal arches,
this miscellany were put together in Rome over a rel hills, baths, palaces, theaters, places associated with
atively short time, close to the reign of Charlemagne, the martyrdom of saints, and so on. The emphasis is
most probably by a well-educated and devout cleric. almost equally divided between sites of religious im
The L ib e r Pontificalis, the official account of the portance and conspicuous ruins and landmarks. Into


this are woven bits of history and tradition, legends, of churches, dependent in part on this but including
and lore of every sort. The author has let his imagi additions, are the catalogues of Paris (Bibliotheque
nation run riot at times; he is extremely ignorant de 1Arsenal, no. 526) and Turin (Biblioteca Nazio-
about mainstream Roman history and loves the fab nale di Torino, Lat. A, 381).
ulous and the wonderful. But he knows the city of The topographical sources for the period of the
his own day very well and draws heavily upon that eleventh to thirteenth centuries, including much ma
knowledge. His work is known in several versions, terial that is pertinent only to Christian and medieval
having been subsequently more or less elaborated to Rome, such as Petrus M alliuss detailed description
suit different audiences and successive generations. of the Vatican basilica and its contents and adjacen
An example of this is the G rap h ia A u reae Urbis of cies, are collected by Valentini and Zucchetti in their
the thirteenth century, which uses it as its central third volume (Rome 1946). Here there is only inci
part, preceding it with foundation legends and fol dentally information important for this dictionary.
lowing it with an account of the imperial administra Beginning in the fourteenth century, with the surge
tion (dignitates). The M irabilia was enormously suc of humanistic interest of the early Renaissance, men
cessful and exists in a multitude of manuscripts all such as Petrarch had an intense awareness of the for
over Europe. A version in the vernacular known as mer greatness of Rome, which needed expression in
L e m iracole d i R o m a rearranges and abbreviates it. evocation of the physical city. By and large these
After the invention of printing it went through nu were men of letters, devoted to reading Livy and Ver
merous editions. For the study of the topography of gil, who made no attempt to fetter their imaginations
ancient Rome it is almost worthless, but it is a curi with topographical exactness. They were in Rome
osity of high antiquarian interest. and conjured up the ancient landscape easily. W hat
A work along some of the same lines is the D e they did not know, they made up, explaining things
M irabilibus Urbis R o m a e by Magister Gregorius, a as logically as they could, mingling Christian ele
churchman, very likely English, of the second half of ments with pagan ones. These were men such as
the twelfth or beginning of the thirteenth century. An Giovanni Cavalieri, Fazio degli Uberti, and Nicolo
educated man, he wrote evidently following a pil Signorili. Their work is seldom of real help to the
grimage to Rome at the instigation of, and for the modern topographer, and their mistakes are often lu
edification of, his colleagues (con so d a les). He is es dicrous, but their enthusiasm for antiquity led them
pecially impressed by statuary, but responds to the to copy numerous inscriptions, and sometimes their
aesthetic quality of buildings as well. Unfortunately, inclusion of information about the state and location
his work is brief and unsystematic; it informs us of of remains with relation to the landmarks of their
what there was to be seen at the time that continued own day is useful. Among these one must single out
to be awe-inspiring, but it does not add much to our especially the so-called Anonymous Magliabechi-
knowledge of topography, because Gregoriuss anus, a name given by L. M ercklin, his first modern
knowledge of the names and purposes of the ancient editor, to the author of the Tractatus d e R ebu s Anti-
buildings was very imperfect, and at times his imag quis et Situ Urbis R o m a e of about 1411. His work
ination runs wild. begins with a history of the world from its beginning
Another work of Benedetto Canonico is the so- and is a rag bag of material drawn untidily from
called O rd o R om an u s B en edicti, a descriptive list of many sources and with many errors. He was not a
the ceremonies of the church year, especially the pro learned man. In the topographical part, he is heavily
cessions in which the pope took part, the routes these dependent on the M irabilia and G raphia, but he does
followed being given in detail that is often informa include a modern designation for each ancient land
tive about topography, together with lists of those mark, and this adds up to a fair coverage of the city
participating and their dress and order. This, as far in the early Renaissance, one of our best documents
as the rituals are concerned, is based on an O rd o R o for the period.
m anus A ntiquus of the middle of the tenth century, With Poggio Bracciolinis D e F ortu n ae Varietate,
but the wealth of learning, especially antiquarian begun in 1431 and published in 1448, things change.
lore, that Benedetto has lavished on his revisions He chooses, as an eloquent example of the fickleness
makes it very valuable. This O rd o was then revised, of Fortune, the vicissitudes of the ancient city of
after the return of the popes to Rome from an exile Rome and provides a detailed description of the
of six years, by Cencio Savelli, called Cencio Camer- ruins of antiquity with precise identification of each
ario, in 1188. Although he abbreviates Benedettos and some indication of its glory and history. He is
O rdo, omitting much of topographical interest, he familiar with a great range of texts, including Fron-
includes a list of 305 churches whose clerics had the tinuss D e A quis and Dionysius of Halicarnassuss
right to a presbyteriu m for incense during the Easter A n tiqu itates R o m a n a e, and can speak with more au
parade from the Vatican to the Lateran. Other lists thority than his predecessors. He has collected and


studied inscriptions and knows the remains well by freely confesses that in his compilation he is heavily
autopsy, having even measured the walls and dependent on others, such as Pomponio Leto. But in
counted the towers. Unfortunately, his description is his account of modern Rome he is very complete, be
abbreviated and unsystematic, but he gives a vivid ginning with the churches, which he classifies by im
picture of what remains and the state in which it ap portance, proceeding to the palaces of the popes and
pears. Within the same period appeared the truly cardinals, then to hospitals, libraries, and other
revolutionary work of Biondo Flavio, R om a Instau- buildings of public usefulness and interest, and con
rata, undertaken in 1444 and brought to completion cluding with the works of Julius II. The works from
in 1446. This was a systematic topography of Rome Petrarchs in the middle of the fourteenth century to
based on an extensive array of sources. The region- Albertinis in the early sixteenth, for the most part
ary catalogues and Frontinus are used properly for excerpted to emphasize the contribution to the study
the first time, and postclassical sources such as the of topography, are assembled by Valentini and Zuc
L ib e r Pontificalis, Symmachus, and Cassiodorus are chetti in their fourth and final volume (Rome 1953).
not slighted, nor are the ancient churches and mon The history of the study of topography as a branch
asteries. His is the first attempt at a scientific topog of knowledge, beginning with the humanists of the
raphy, and he was a man of keen intelligence and early Renaissance, is too complicated and too
lively imagination. While he was capable of egre crowded with important figures, often in violent dis
gious errors, they are the errors of a reasoning man. agreement, to be discussed in detail here. While the
He is in many ways the founder of modern topogra disputes and feuds add much to the interest and live
phy, and on his work depends much that followed in liness of the field, they contribute nothing in the way
the succeeding century and a half. His book was re of source material. The basic texts were by this time
peatedly copied, and after the invention of printing almost all generally available, and quarrels over their
it went through a dozen editions by the middle of the emendation and interpretation, although colorful
sixteenth century. and engrossing, did little to advance knowledge. To
The fragmentary remnants of a still more learned pographers such as the rivals Pirro Ligorio and Bar
work are the E x cerp ta, supposedly taken down from tolomeo M arliano are worth studying for their in
the lectures of Pomponio Leto, while he was showing trinsic interest, but they do not appear as more than
a foreigner about the ruins of Rome. They date from footnotes in modern treatises on the subject. New
late in the fifteenth century, when Leto was teaching information of real value could only come from the
at the Sapienza. The tour begins with the Colosseum physical remains themselves, and these to a very
and proceeds to the Forum Romanum and imper large extent lay buried. The record of those that still
ial fora, thence to the Campus Martius, as far as S. stood above ground was made by a succession of art
M aria del Popolo, and then clockwise through the ists, some of them very gifted, such as Baldassare
hills from the Pincian to the Aventine, and finally to Peruzzi (14611536), Antonio da Sangallo il Gio-
the Palatine and Capitoline. The work is full of cur vane (1 4 8 9 1546), M arten van Heemskerck (1 4 9 8
rent information and observation; errors are few, 1574), and Giovanni Antonio Dosio (ca. 1 5 3 3 -
and speculation is almost completely lacking. It is re 1609), and they have left a legacy of drawings and
grettable that we do not have more from this bril notebooks that enriches museum collections and
liant scholar. provides basic information about the appearance of
There follows on these the brief work of Bernardo ruins. Often the exactness of their drawings is aston
Rucellai of the end of the fifteenth century or begin ishing, but they do not cover the surviving monu
ning of the sixteenth, entitled simply D e U rbe R om a. ments systematically, and, because the artists inter
Rucellai was a Florentine, an enthusiastic student of est was especially pictorial, they did not choose their
epigraphy and numismatics who enjoyed the friend views to be informative. Those who worked in ar
ship and advice of D onato Acciaioli, Lorenzo chitecture, such as Peruzzi and Dosio, do sometimes
deMedici, and Leon Battista Alberti and profited make exquisite drawings with plans and measured
from their instruction, especially that of Alberti in details of capitals and cornices, but these are for the
construction. Rucellai knows the latest discoveries most part only of familiar buildings, the Colosseum,
and has a wide knowledge of not only the sources Pantheon, and Arch of Constantine. Dosios sketch
but also the scholarship of his time, but his work is book, now in Berlin, was published in facsimile by
brief, and his contribution is chiefly in epigraphy. Fi Christian Hiilsen in 1 9 3 3 ; other drawings of his in
nally, there is the O pusculum d e M irabilibus N o v a e the Uffizi were edited by F. Borsi and others and pub
et Veteris Urbis R o m a e o f Francesco Albertini, begun lished as G. A. D osio , R o m a an tica (Rome 1976).
in 1506 and finished in 1509. This contributes little Heemskercks sketchbooks are superb and a wonder
or nothing to our knowledge of topography, being ful record of the glories of Rome in his day, including
the work of a cleric of little scholarly proficiency; he sculpture as well as architecture, modern and an

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cient, but they include very little in the way of plans eight sheets in April 1574. To produce it he has
and measurements. They have been published in fac shamelessly mined Ligorios work, but changing
simile by Hiilsen and Hermann Egger (vol. 1, Berlin enough to avoid the charge of outright plagiarism.
1 9 1 3 ; vol. 2, Berlin 1 9 1 6 ; reprinted in Soest, H ol He has reoriented a number of buildings, usually for
land, 1975). Doubtless, there are still treasures of the better, and clarified the courses of the main
this sort yet to be discovered in private collections, streets from the gates through the city, but it is per
but they are not apt to add much to our knowledge. fectly clear where he has gone for inspiration and
Those who have contributed significantly to the how he has worked. In the following year, 1 5 7 5 , he
study of ancient topography are Andrea Palladio published his Vestigi d e llan tichit d i R om a, a collec
(1 50 81580), Etienne Du Perac (ca. 1 5 2 5 -1 6 0 4 ), tion of thirty-nine views of the best-known ancient
and A16 Giovannoli (ca. 1 5 5 0 1618). monuments, birds-eye views, somewhat simplified,
Palladio, whose feeling for architectural volumes with modern buildings treated so as not to distract
and vistas was probably the finest the world has ever from the ancient ones. These were provided with
produced, spent most of 1546 and 1 5 4 7 in concen lengthy captions explaining them. Here, too, Du
trated study of the remains of ancient architecture in Prac was not above using the work of his predeces
Rome and its vicinity. Although he drew everything sors, notably D osios, when it was to his advantage,
accessible with great care, he was especially drawn but much was his own, and he was a good draughts
to the great imperial baths and the problems in vault man and a careful observer. He can often be called
ing and lighting that these presented, and he made on for details that are preserved nowhere else. This
studies of not only the plans of these but also all the work was a great success and went through no fewer
elevations and sections that he could devise, a very than eight editions, the last in 1773, proof in itself of
complete set for almost every example. For the Baths its importance.
of Caracalla, he included a number of capitals and Alo Giovannoli is different, a careful observer but
moldings. The ground plans are almost always com an inept draughtsman, willing to draw the most un
plete and suggest that he must have done a certain prepossessing remains of reticulate-faced walls and
amount of discreet excavating; only occasionally concrete vaulting, but incapable of conveying accu
does he let a plan trail off. Some of the time he must rately the spatial relation of masses and the correct
be filling in parts by conjecture, and throughout his proportion of elements. Often one cannot tell what
grand bath complexes are rigidly symmetrical, but is ancient from what is modern in his work. But he
their symmetry has been borne out to be correct by was an indefatigable workman, and in 1616, shortly
modern investigations. He is our best authority for before his death, he published in Rome a small col
most of these now, because much has since been de lection of views, Vedute degli an tichi vestigi di
stroyed or built into other buildings. And in the mid R om a. This was followed posthumously in 1619 by
sixteenth century the ruins were still being inten R o m a antica, a collection of 126 plates in three vol
sively mined, not only for artistic treasures and umes, assembled by his friends. The fact that so
marbles, but simply for building material. At one many of the views are of otherwise neglected bits of
time he projected books of drawings of ancient antiquity and all are accompanied by extended ex
monuments, large collections divided among the var planatory captions makes them valuable. But their
ious types of buildings: arches, baths, temples, and interpretation is often extremely problematical.
so on, but this came to nothing. However, he did Systematic study of the topography of ancient
publish a small collection, L an tichita di R om a, in Rome combining the results of excavation, both
Rome in 1554, the fruit of his stay in 1546 and 1547. scientific and casual, with interpretation of the liter
In contrast, Etienne Du Perac was a professional ary sources and the information to be gleaned from
antiquarian, as well as a painter and architect, a coins, inscriptions, and the M arble Plan begins in the
Frenchman, as his name indicates, who came to late nineteenth century. Much had been accom
Rome in the late 1550s and remained for more than plished before then, but Luigi Caninas maps of the
twenty years, producing engravings, especially views ancient city published in 1849 and 1850 show ad
of the remains of antique buildings in their modern mirably how little was known, how poorly the evi
setting. In this he was following in the tradition of dence of the M arble Plan was interpreted, and how
Pirro Ligorio and Dosio, and his first great work was extravagantly imagination ranged in the reconstruc
a panoramic birds-eye view of the city imitating tion of Roman grandeur. The movement toward a
Ligorios great panorama of 1561 showing the more rational approach was led by H. Jordan, C.
known ancient buildings restored to their former Hlsen, R. Lanciani, and G. Boni. Jordan deserves
splendor and the lacunae filled out with suitable in special credit; his T op og rap h ie d er Stadt R om im A l
ventions. This, Du Peracs monumental (1.04 m terthum (vol. 1, parts 1 and 2 , and vol. 2, Berlin
x 1.56 m) Urbis R o m a e S ciographia, was issued in 187185) was exemplary for method, historical per

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spective, and comprehensiveness, but it did not get 1922 and carried out the deep explorations that
beyond a collection of special studies. It was then brought to light the stratigraphy of the Comitium,
taken up and completed by Hlsen (vol. 1, part 3, the Sepulcretum with its early graves, the Lacus
Berlin 1906) in a splendid survey of the city, area by Iuturnae, and the archaic cisterns, or silos, of the Pal
area, whose composition shows the knowledge of a atine, as well as the buildings buried under Domi-
great scholar who devoted his life to this study. Hl tians Domus Augustiana. He was passionately inter
sen was secretary of the Deutsches Archologisches ested in the early history of Rome and the historicity
Institut in Rome from 1887 to 1909. Unfortunately, of the kings, and also in the full archaeological rec
his knowledge of other disciplines was greater than ord of occupation and construction in the heart of
his knowledge of architecture, and he is often a vic the city. He was a meticulous excavator and admi
tim of the notions of the architects he employed, who rably precise in recording in detail exactly what was
were trained in the Beaux Arts tradition. Still, his ad found, and we are deeply in his debt. But he believed
vances in the study of topography were very great, fervently in a Romulus we no longer accept as valid,
and his works must still be consulted and studied. and this colored his interpretation of his discoveries;
They are cited with great frequency in this diction much of his work consequently has been repeated
ary. His counterpart and rival was Rodolfo Lanciani and reinterpreted.
(1847P -1923), who was trained as an engineer but The following generation of scholars, many of
by the age of twenty was working as archaeologist them pupils of Lanciani, pursued by and large more
for Prince Torlonia at Portus. In 1872 Lanciani be specialized studies in their major publications.
came secretary of the Commissione Archeologica Thomas Ashby and Esther Van Deman exhaustively
Comunale. His commentary on Frontinus, T op og ra analyzed the courses and history of the aqueducts;
fa di R o m a antica, i com m en tarii di F rontino in- Ian Richmond worked on a definitive publication of
torn o le a cq u e e gli acqu ed o tti, sillog e epigrfica ac- the Aurelian Walls and Gosta Saflund on the so-
qu aria, originally published in the M em orie della called Servian Walls; Giuseppe Lugli, who inherited
reale A ccad em ia d ei Lin cei, ser. 3 .4 , Classe di Scienze Lancianis chair at the University of Rome, took the
M orali (1881), was the first great work of a brilliant history of Roman construction as his special prov
career that embraced topographical studies of every ince; and Herbert Bloch shaped the study of brick-
sort and size. In 1882 he was appointed to the chair stamps into a fine tool. But Ashby also completed
of Roman topography at the University of Rome. He Samuel Ball Platners A T op og rap h ical D iction ary o f
was a superb topographer and a gifted and prolific A ncient R o m e (Oxford 1929) after Platners death,
writer, although his career as a writer was curtailed which immediately became a standard reference
by illness after 1912. Everything he wrote can be work; Antonio M aria Colinis learned papers cov
read with profit, but two works stand out in impor ered several large areas of the city, notably a long
tance above the rest, his F orm a Urbis R om ae, a mag study of the remains on the Caelian; and Lugli pro
nificent map of the city at a scale of 1 :1 0 0 0 and in duced a succession of works covering the general to
great detail, with the known remains of the ancient pography of Rome and bringing the coverage abreast
city overlaid on the network of modern streets and of later developments. These begin with I m onu-
buildings. The first sheet of this map was issued in m en ti an tichi d i R o m a e su bu rb io (vol. 1, L a zon a
1 893, and the forty-sixth and final one in 1901. It is a rc h eo log ica, Rome 1930) and extend to his post
a marvelous example of cartography, as well as an humous Itin erario di R om a an tica (Rome 1975). O f
encyclopedia of topographical information, and is particular interest is the map of ancient Rome in four
still an essential tool for anyone working on the an sheets that he produced in collaboration with Italo
cient city. It has recently been reissued. In conjunc Gismondi (Novara 1949). Despite the drawbacks of
tion with this Lanciani wrote his Storia degli scavi di its relatively small scale (1 :4 0 0 0 ), which makes
R om a e n otizie in torn o le co llezio n i rom an e d i anti- much of the representation schematic or simplified,
chit, a collection of all the information available it continues to be useful.
about excavations and discoveries in the city be Luglis successor at the University of Rome was his
tween a . d . 1000 and the death of Pope Clement VIII pupil Ferdinando Castagnoli, who devoted his early
in 1605, issued in four volumes (Rome 1 9 0 2 -1 2 ). It researches especially to ancient surveying and centu-
was from this archive that much of the F orm a Urbis riation of land and town planning. Another pupil,
was compiled, and it is regrettable that the collection Lucos Cozza, has made the fortifications a special
stops in 1605, but the Herculean effort that would field. And today there are a host of scholars of many
be required to continue it has so far been lacking. nationalities who represent a wide range of training
The final member of this great quartet, Giacomo and a variety of points of view at work on the prob
Boni (1 8 5 3 1925), was director of the excavations lems of Roman topography, some excavating, others
of the Forum Romanum and Palatine from 1890 to reexcavating and restudying Bonis trenches, still


others working largely at their desks. It is not pos are too concerned with the general outlines of the
sible to mention even a small number of selected discipline, m ajor complexes, and historical develop
names; they must be left to the bibliography for the ment of the city to give detailed attention to the in
individual entries in this dictionary. However, no one dividual monuments. At his death in 1988 he left an
since Lugli has attempted a general survey of the incomplete manuscript of a revision of Platner and
state of our knowledge today. Castagnolis surveys, Ashbys dictionary on which he had worked occa
T opografa e u rban stica di R o m a (Bologna 1958) sionally for many years. It is as a replacement for
and T opog rafa di R o m a an tica (E n ciclo p ed ia clas- that dictionary that the present work is offered.
sica, sez. 3 .1 0 , Turin 1 9 5 7 ; 2d rev. ed., Turin 1980),

Bibliographical Notes
and Abbreviations

The bibliography on almost any monument of an 1984 and appears in the B u llettin o com u n ale 91
tiquity or topographical problem in Rome is enor (1986): 1 4 1 -2 3 2 . For years thereafter it is proposed
mous, and in recent years it has grown and continues to issue an annual or biennial bibliography in the
to grow much more rapidly than was the case even a B u llettin o: the first, for 1 9 8 5 -1 9 8 6 , appears in vol
generation ago. It is impossible to compile anything ume 92 (1 9 8 7 -8 8 ): 1 8 9 -2 3 8 .
like a complete bibliography for the topography of Because every serious student of Roman topogra
Rome, and even an extended bibliography of signifi phy must consult the B u llettin o com u n ale regularly,
cant work on the m ajor monuments would swell this almost daily, and these bibliographies are exemplary,
dictionary to twice its size and materially reduce its it seems otiose to try to excerpt or repeat any part of
usefulness. them here; it would only encumber an already large
Fortunately there are already good bibliographies volume. I have therefore confined the citations of
available that make long lists of citations unneces modern work to those I thought particularly signifi
sary and undesirable. S. B. Platner and Thomas Ash cant or interesting, those that presented a radically
bys A T op og rap h ical D iction ary o f A ncient R om e different view from that commonly accepted or that
(London 1929) covers most of the significant work offered here, and those that are regarded as the stan
up to the time of its publication. Giuseppe Lugli et dard treatments of various subjects and questions.
al., F on tes a d T op og rap h iam Veteris Urbis R o m a e For the sake of the readers convenience, I have tried
Pertinentes, 7 vols. (Rome 1 9 5 2 69) is admirably to err in giving more than seemed necessary, rather
complete for the ancient sources for most of the city. than less, but o f that the reader must be the judge.
Ernest Nash, P ictorial D iction ary o f A ncient R o m e1, The abbreviations used in this dictionary are a
2 vols. (London 1968), includes very extensive and combination of those recommended in the Notes
accurate bibliography for every entry there, which for Contributors and Abbreviations of the A m eri
means, in effect, for everything in topography that can Jo u rn a l o f A rch aeo lo g y and those used in the
could be informatively illustrated. Ferdinando Cas- O x fo rd C lassical D iction ary2 (Oxford 1970), ix
tagnoli, T opografia d i R o m a an tica (Turin 1980) is xxii. However, the name of an ancient author is not
essentially a manual of bibliography, systematically abbreviated unless it is composed of more than one
arranged, somewhat selective but very full. And in element, and the abbreviations of titles of ancient
recent years the Istituto di Topografia Antica of the works have been kept to what it is hoped will leave
University of Rome has undertaken to produce com them readily recognizable. W hat follows is a list of
plete annotated bibliographies for the ancient city abbreviations used frequently in the dictionary. If an
compiled by highly competent scholars working in abbreviation is not found here, it may be assumed
the field. The first of these covers the years 1 9 4 6 that it is regarded as standard and can be found by
1961 and appears in the Bullettino com u n ale (Bul- reference to the works cited above.
lettino d ella C om m ission e A rch eo lo g ica d el C om u n e
di R om a) 83 (1 9 7 2 - 7 3 ):5 -1 5 6 . It was compiled by
F. Castagnoli, A. M . Colini, C. Buzzetti, and G. Pis-
ani Sartorio. The second covers the period 1961
1980 and appears in the B u llettin o com u n ale 89
(1984): 3 0 5 -7 6 . The third covers the years 1981


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A New Topographical Dictionary
of Ancient Rome
Acca Larentia, A ra: see Sepulcrum Accae m2 and there seems to have been ample open space
Larentiae. in the direction of the inscription (north or west), the
location of this complex in Rome is especially puz
Ad Spem Veterem: see Spes Vetus. zling. It can hardly be fitted anywhere within the Au-
relian Walls, and the likeliest location may be toward
Adonaea (Figs. 1, 2): the reconstructed name for a the southeast corner of the plan, beyond the Aven-
complex shown on a large fragment of the Marble tine in the neighborhood of the Via Ostiensis.
Plan that was copied in the Codex Orsinianus before The interpretation of this complex as a garden
being broken up (FUR pi. 8) and has now been re dedicated to Adonis the files of dots representing a
composed without substantial loss from four frag vine-covered arbor, the rectangle in the middle a eu-
ments (FUR pi. 3 4 ; Rodriguez pi. 35). This shows ripus is attractive, but we know far too little about
that the inscription reads only a d o n , s o the recon the conventions used on the plan and too little about
struction of the name is far from certain, and it is not the design of ancient gardens to be able to interpret
clear why the copyist has shown the inscription as it convincingly. The banks of parallel lines are espe
d o n a e a and relocated it. The complex itself is diffi cially puzzling.
cult to read, the main block consisting of a long, nar The suggestion that the complex at the east corner
row central (?) rectangle surrounded by a single se of the Palatine around the church of S. Sebastiano,
ries of small units with a curvilinear side toward the commonly known as the Vigna Barberini, might be
rectangle and a straight back. These in turn are suc the Adonaea, or whatever else is represented on this
ceeded by parallel rows of straight lines with serifed fragment of the Marble Plan, cannot be ruled out
ends, two banks of four each divided by a central until the area has been completely explored in exca
aisle on either side of the rectangle. Around the vation. The distortions produced in the composition
square made by these run three rows of dots, closely of the plan in this neighborhood make for great un
spaced, evidently equidistant from one another in certainty about it.
both directions. These are not apt to have been either A]A 86 (1982): 9 5 -1 0 0 (R. B. Lloyd); M EFRA 97
columns or trees; perhaps, as Lloyd suggests, they (1985): 5 3 1 -3 2 (M. Royo), 98 (1986): 2 1 7 -5 3
are a double-aisled arbor. Beyond a wider interval (J.-C. Grenier and F. Coarelli) 38797 (P. Gros, M.
comes a fourth line of dots, similarly spaced, which Lenoir, et al.), 99 (1987): 4 8 1 98 (M. Lenoir et al.);
does seem apt to be columns, for along most of one A then aeu m 65 (1987): 2 4 4 - 4 8 (C. J. Simpson).
side it is backed by a wall that would read well with
the columns as a portico facing inward, while on Adonidis Aula: a hall in the Palatine palace, pre
the two adjacent sides the wall is continued by lines sumably the Domus Augustiana, where Domitian
of dots that would make colonnaded approaches. If sacrificed to Minerva and received Apollonius of
the reconstruction of the inscription is correct, there Tyana (Philostratus, VA 7.3 2 ), but otherwise un
was originally an extensive addition to the right known.
west or south) and probably also left of what is pre
served, of the character of which we are almost en Aedes, Aedicula, Templum, Delubrum, Fanum,
tirely ignorant. Because the central block represented Sacellum, Sacrarium, Curia, Lucus: An a ed es is
would have covered an area of approximately 9, 200 properly the place where a god resides, a temple

building, while an a ed icu la is the diminutive of this

and often a smaller shrine within an aedes. A tem
plum is a space defined by ritual augurii aut auspicii
causa (Varro, Ling. 7.8). M ost aedes were, in fact, so
constituted, or stood in a precinct so constituted, but
occasionally one was not. This was the case with the
Temple of Vesta. And many templa did not contain
an aedes; the rostra and curia senatus were always
templa, but would not be considered aedes. A delu-
brum was an area adsu m pta deu m causa, p raeter ae-
d em (Varro ap. M acrob . Sat. 3.4.2) or an area cum
p orticibu s (Probus, Keil, G ram m . L at. 4 .2 0 2 ), the te-
menos or templum in which an aedes stands, the al
tar court, but tending to be rather grand. A fanum
was any sacred area; fanum was an inclusive term
and embraced sacred groves, as well as temples (Livy
10 .3 7 .1 5 ). It is a term not much used in Rome and
used especially of the cult centers of Oriental divini
ties and pilgrimage shrines, but it seems to have been
the proper designation of Hercules Victor at Tibur.
A sacellu m is defined by Festus (422L): sacella dicun-
Figure 1 tur loca dis sacrata sine tecto and Trebatius (ap. A.
A d onaea, G ell. 7 .1 2 .2 ): sacellu m est locus parvus d eo sacratus
R epresen tation on o s -ip
cum ara; that seems to need no further definition. A
the M a rb le Plan
sacrarium is defined by Ulpian (Dig. 1 .8.9): sacrar-
ium est locus in q u o sacra reponuntur, q u o d etiam in
aed ificio priv ato esse p otest; however, in the very an
cient sacrarium of Ops in the Regia there were sac
rifices offered. A curia is defined by Varro (Ling.
5 .155) as a place u bi curarent sacerd otes res divinas,
ut curiae veteres. This must have been an established
templum, as the refusal of seven of the curiae to al
low exauguration shows. It must have contained an
altar, for sacrifice was performed there for the For-
dicidia, and the Curiae Veteres got to be too small to
accommodate them all. However, the Curia Sal-
iorum, the headquarters of the Salii on the Palatine,
was a building containing a sacrarium in which the
lituus of Romulus was kept. Presumably their re
cords were also kept there, but whether the Salii per
formed any sacred rites on behalf of the people there
is not known; it is presumed that they did not and
that this curia was an anomaly. Finally, a lucus might
be a grove adjoining a temple and part of its precinct,
as the Lucus Iunonis Lucinae seems to have been,
!* * * **
or a grove without a temple building but dedicated
to a particular divinity, such as the Lucus Streniae.
Figure 2
But it was especially an extraurban sanctuary, either
A d onaea, D raw ing o f
Its R ep resen tatio n on in the near neighborhood, such as the Lucus Furrinae,
the M a rb le Plan in the or at a considerable distance, such as the Lucus
C o d ex O rsinian us
(Cod. V at. Lat.
DONAEA Feroniae and the Grove of the Arval Bre
3 4 3 9 F o 18r)
PBSR 5 2 (1984): 3 - 2 0 (F. Castagnoli).

Aedes Tensarum: a building on the Capitoline used

to explain the location of military diplomata (C IL


16.4, 30), presumably the place where were kept the perpetual memory of the heinousness of his crime.
silver and ivory cars in which the exu viae (symbols) The story is told in most detail by Dionysius (Dion.
of the gods were borne to public games (cf. Festus Hal. and in abbreviated form by many
5 0 0 -5 0 1 L ). It was also called the Tensarium and (Livy 4 .1 6 .1 ; Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 7 ; Cicero, D om . 101;
later, apparently after the removal of the car of Ju Val. M ax. 6.3.1c). It was a landmark big enough to
piter to the Circus Maximus (cf. Suetonius, Vesp. be mentioned in bounding a fire (Livy 2 4 .4 7 .1 5 ), a
5.6), Tensarium Vetus. place to which Cicero would send to buy a lamb for
sacrifice (D iv. 2.3 9 ). The land immediately above it
Aedicula: see Aedes. had to be terraced at public expense in 189 B .C . (Livy
3 8 .2 8 .3 ), presumably in consequence of the land slip
Aedicula C apraria: a shrine listed in the regionary of 192 B.C . that brought a mass of rock from the
catalogues in Regio VII, Via Lata, probably on the Capitoline down on the Vicus lugarius with great
Vicus Caprarius (q.v.), which would put it in the loss of life (Livy 3 5 .2 1 .6 ). This puts it in the general
southern part of the regio and suggests that it was neighborhood of the church of S. Maria della Con-
compital. Remains of it may have been a barrel- solazione, but one cannot be more precise. Between
vaulted chamber discovered in 1924 at the juncture the Forum Romanum and the Forum Boarium, it
of Via delle Vergini and Via dellUmilta. would be a natural place for purveyors of sacrificial
B u llC om 53 (1925): 2 7 2 -7 3 (E. Gatti). animals to congregate and may have been designed
to accommodate them.
Aemiliana: a district outside the pomerium (Varro,
Rust. 3.2.6) in the southern Campus Martius. Dur Aerarium Saturni: see Saturnus, Aedes.
ing a great fire in the Aemiliana, Claudius stationed
himself in the Diribitorium (q.v.) to oversee and re Aesculapius, Aedes (Fig. 3 7 .2 6 ): the single temple
ward the fire fighters (Suetonius, C laud. 18.1). Dur of Aesculapius known for Rome. In consequence of
ing the fire of Nero the fire, having been stopped on a plague in 293 B .C ., the Sibylline Books were con
the sixth day at the foot of the Esquiline, broke out sulted, and the following year an embassy was sent
for a second time in the property of Tigillinus in the to Epidaurus to bring the worship of the god Aescu
Aemiliana and burned in the level parts of the city lapius to Rome. During the embassys visit to the
with great loss of porticoes and temples (Tacitus, sanctuary a sacred serpent of great size is said to have
Ann. 15.40). The Aemiliana was probably the area made its way to the Roman ship and coiled up in the
along the Porticus Aemilia (q.v.) from the Porta Fon- quarters of the leader of the embassy, Q. Ogulnius.
tinalis on the shoulder of the Capitoline to the Altar On the arrival of the ship at Rome, the serpent aban
of Mars, the latter probably just north of the north doned the ship and swam to the Tiber island. Taking
transept of the church of the Gesu. Others would put this as an omen, the Romans built the Temple of Aes
it along the Tiber, because of a puzzling inscription culapius there and dedicated it on 1 January, the
that mentioned a navis aren aria (C IL 15.7150), and same day as the dedication of the later Temple of
derive its name from the Pons Aemilius, or properties Vediovis on the island (Ovid, Fast. 1 .2 8 9 9 4 ; De-
owned by Aemilii (cf. Cicero, R ep. 1.9.14), but this grassi 388). The plague then abruptly stopped. Many
seems very unlikely. sources tell the story of the serpent; it is recounted in
B u llC om 85 (1 9 7 6 -7 7 ): 1 4 8 -5 0 (R. E. A. Palmer, greatest detail by Val. M ax. 1.8.2 (see also Livy
who believes that there were at least two Aemilianae 1 0 .4 7 .6 -7 and Epit. 11; Ovid, M et. 1 5 .7 3 6 -4 4 ;
m Rome); Rodriguez 1 1 5 -1 8 , 1 6 7; Coarelli 1988, Pliny, H N 2 9 .1 6 and 7 2 ; Plutarch, Q uaest. R om . 94;
14 7-55. [Aur. Viet.], D e Vir. III. 12).
Embellishments and restorations of the temple are
Aeolia: a joking name for the baths of a certain Lu poorly documented. Livy (43.4.7) records the dedi
pus, famous for their discomfort and drafts. Martial cation by C. Lucretius Gallus of pictures from the
mentions them together with other buildings of spoils of his conquests in Boeotia in a temple of Aes
which those that can be identified are in the southern culapius in 170 B .C ., but probably this was the
Campus Martius. temple of Aesculapius at Antium. Varro {Ling. 7.57)
Martial 2 .1 4 .1 2 (and cf. 1.59.3). speaks of equ ites feren tarii, light-armed cavalry, de
picted in the old temple of Aesculapius (in Aescu-
Aequimaelium: an open space on the slope of the lapii a e d e vetere), as though the temple had been re
Capitoline, probably adjacent to the Vicus lugarius, built within memory and the painting was destroyed.
believed to be the site of the house of Spurius Mae- Presumably it depicted some great Roman battle and
lius, a rich grain dealer who aimed at monarchy. He was a victory dedication. Varros phrase has led to
was executed in 438 B .C ., and his house was razed in the supposition that the temple was rebuilt about the


middle of the first century B .C . Suetonius {Aug. 59) the territory of the city, exclusive of the city itself.
mentions a statue of the great Augustan physician In the inauguration ceremony for Numa Pompilius
Antonius Musa set up beside that of Aesculapius. A the augur took his station p rosp ectu in urbem
number of inscriptions, especially dedications to agru m qu e ca p to (Livy 1.18.7). A ger R om am is was
Aesculapius by grateful suppliants, are known {C IL distinguished from ag er peregrinus but embraced all
6 .7 -2 0 , 3 0 8 4 2 - 4 6 ; IL S 2 0 9 2 , 2 1 0 1 , 2 1 9 4 , 3 8 3 3 - the natural features, such as rivers, lakes, and moun
37, 38 5 1 ), but few seem to have been found in the tains. C am pus was used for the territory near the
vicinity of the church of S. Bartolomeo, which is be city, just outside the walls; thus the Campus Martius
lieved to stand on the site occupied by the temple. and Campus Viminalis. How far it would have ex
The southeastern point of the island is revetted with tended is hard to say, but probably not much more
travertine to imitate a ships stern, and a staff wound than a mile. There could also be campus inside the
with a serpent and a bust, presumably of Aesculap walls, as the campus sceleratus shows, but this was
ius, are carved in relief on the side near the stern exceptional. Prata was a more particular term for flat
(Nash 1 .5 0 8 -9 ). Otherwise there are no identifiable land suitable for cultivation, though not necessarily
remains of the temple or its temenos. Votive mate under cultivation. It is rarely used for land in the
rial, including statuettes and parts of the human near vicinity of Rome and used only of land beyond
body, has been found in the Tiber in quantity; one the pomerium.
deposit laid down deliberately near the head of the
Pons Fabricius on the left bank is usually associated Ager Albiona: see Albionarum Lucus.
with the temple but might equally well, perhaps bet
ter, belong to the Temple of Apollo Medicus (see Ager Apollinis Argentei: see Apollo Argenteus.
Apollo, Aedes).
R en dL in c, ser. 8.26 (1971): 26781 (M. Guar- Ager L. Petilii: Land belonging to Petilius, a scriba,
ducci); P. Pensabene et al., Terracotte votive dal located sub ianiculo, where in 181 B.C . were found
Tevere (StM isc 25 [Rome 1980]): passim, especially two stone chests, one said to be the sarcophagus of
1 7 -2 0 ; A then aeu m 65 (1987): 52127 (D. De- Numa Pompilius, the other to contain his writings
grassi). (Livy 4 0 .2 9 .2 - 4 ; Val. M ax. 1.1.12). Numa is said to
have been buried across the Tiber on or under the
Aesculetum: a grove of oaks. Pliny (H N 16.37) tells ianiculum (q.v.) (Dion. Hal. 2 .7 6 .6 ; Plutarch, N um a
us that after a secession of the plebs to the Janicu- 2 2 .1 -5 ), and his sarcophagus is said to have come to
lum, ca. 2 8 7 B .C ., because of the crushing weight of light after heavy rains, which suggests that the grave
their debts and following a bitter struggle with their lay near the point where the Via Aurelia crested the
creditors, Q. Hortensius as dictator passed a law that hill, perhaps in the grounds of Villa Aurelia.
p lebescita, which earlier had not been binding on the
patricians, should be binding on the whole people. Ager Turax: see Campus Tiberinus.
This was done in a escu leto, and, because it was a Lex
Hortensia, must have been passed in the comitia cen- Ager Vaticanus: see Vaticanus.
turiata, normally assembled in the Campus Martius.
The discovery of a monumental altar to the Lares Ager Veranus: according to the L ib er Pontificalis
dedicated by the m agistri vici A esculeti (C IL (LPD 1.25 [p. 155] and cf. p. 1 8 1 ; V Z 2 .2 2 7 ), in a . d .
6.30957) under Via Arenula just south of Via di S. 258 Saint Lawrence was martyred and buried in Via
Bartolomeo indicates the existence of this vicus Tiburtina: in cy m iterio Cyriaces, in agrum Veranum,
nearby, probably toward the bank of the Tiber, in crypta, I I I id. aug. The name may be that of an
where the Via delle Zoccolette may show its course. ancient owner of the land, but it is impossible to
One side of the altar shows a Lar carrying a large bound the property or to identify its owner more
branch of what is usually identified as laurel but precisely. The names Veranius and Varus were not
might better be aesculus (cf. B u llC om 17 [1889]: uncommon. The site is in the basilica of S. Lorenzo
6 9 -7 2 and pi. 3). The Aesculetum might be pre fuori le Mura.
sumed to have lain between this street and the river,
but why Hortensius should have convened the com Agger: see M urus Servii Tullii.
itia centuriata there remains mysterious.
CEFR 98 (1987): 6 2 -7 3 (S. Panciera). Agonus: Festus (304L) says this was the original
(pre-Sabine) name of the Quirinal and that the Porta
Ager, Campus, P rata: These three terms generally Collina was once called Agonensis (Paulus ex Fest.
designate land beyond the Servian Walls. A ger is 9L). Although this has been widely questioned, there


is no real reason to doubt it. We know that four days the present tense of the Albiona Ager. No one else
in the year were dies ag on ales: 9 January, 17 March, mentions it.
21 May, and 11 December. Ovid clearly had no idea
what the true meaning of the word might be and of Albula: the ancient name of the Tiber, presumably
fers a variety of improbable explanations (Fast. from the whitish color of the sulfur-charged waters
1.31732). On each of these days a ram was sacri of the Anio, which entered it just above Rome (Pau
ficed in the Regia. A different god seems to have been lus ex Fest. 4L ; Servius a d Aen. 8.332). It is unusual
especially honored on each occasion: Janus, Liber to find a considerable river named in the feminine in
Pater, Vediovis (?), and Indiges. Of these, only Sol Rome, where the feminine is generally reserved for
Indiges is closely associated with the Quirinal in the brooks and springs.
historical period, but they may all have been fertility
festivals, and certainly these gods were very old di Almo Flumen: the stream known today as the
vinities. It is possible to imagine a time when they all Fossa Almone, Acquataccio, Travicella, and Mar-
had places on the Quirinal, from which they were rana della Caffarella. It rises between the Via Appia
removed to make place for the Sabine divinities of and Via Latina and flows northwest and west, cross
Titus Tatius, as Saturn was removed from the Capi- ing the line of the Via Appia about a half-kilometer
toline. Certainly throughout history the Quirinal en outside Porta S. Sebastiano (Porta Appia) and the
joyed a peculiar attraction for cults, thanks probably Via Ostiensis about a kilometer outside Porta S. Pa
to the traffic along the salt road. olo (Porta Ostiensis). It was always a considerable
stream fed by numerous springs and an important
Agri N ovi: see Campus Esquilinus. tributary of the Tiber. In it, at the point where it
emptied into the Tiber, the image of the Magna M a
Agrippae Templum: see Pantheon. ter, her carpentum , and her sacred implements were
bathed annually on 2 7 M arch, the anniversary of her
Aius Locutius, A ra Saepta (Templum, arrival in Rome. At this point the image had been
Sacellum): an altar erected to the supernatural voice transferred from ship to carpentum (Ovid, Fast.
heard by M . Caedicius, a plebeian, from the grove of 4 .3 3 5 -4 0 ; M artial 3 .4 7 .1 2 ; Amm. M arc. 23.3.7).
Vesta, where it came down to the Nova Via, warning
of the coming of the Gauls. Caedicius heard it in 391 Alta Semita (Fig. 7 2 ): presumably the street along
B.C. in the still of the night, instructing him to warn the spine of the Quirinal on the line of modern Via
the tribuni plebis, but the warning was neglected be del Quirinale and Via Vend Settembre that gave its
cause of his humble station. There seems to have name to the sixth regio of Augustan Rome in the re-
been some difficulty in locating the exact point gionary catalogues. The street ran in almost a
where it was heard, but it was described as supra straight line from the Porta Collina in the Servian
je d e m Vestae. See Livy 5 .3 2 .6 , 5 0 .5 , 5 2 .1 1 ; Cicero, Walls southwest to the large Hadrianic temple on
Div. 1.101, 2 .6 9 ; Plutarch, Cam il. 30.3. Varros ac Collis Salutaris below modern Piazza del Quirinale
count, as relayed by Aulus Gellius (16.17), placing (Montecavallo). Lugli believed it there changed its
the incident in infim a N ov a Via, cannot be right and name and continued as Vicus Laci Fundani, but, be
probably is the result of corruption of the text; else cause in the stretch in question it was descending the
where (Ling. 5.43) Varro correctly puts the infima series of heights at the southern end of the Quirinal
Nova Via at the Velabrum. Possibly Gellius, know known as Collis Salutaris, Collis Mucialis, and Collis
ing that in his day the Nova Via stopped near the Latiaris, if it had changed its name, it would have
Altar of Aius Locutius and knowing also that the become a clivus rather than a vicus. It eventually
sum m a N ov a Via was at the junction of this with must have linked up directly with the Vicus Iugarius,
the Clivus Palatinus, arbitrarily altered Varros for it brought the salt-seeking traffic of the Via Sa-
m edia to infim a. laria into Rome, and this was bound for the river and
its crossing just below the Tiber island. Because the
Albionarum Lucus: a grove in the Albiona Ager on line of the salt route must be prehistoric, Alta Semita
:he right bank of the Tiber, a place in which a white must be a very old name, and no other street in Rome
r.eifer was sacrificed (so Paulus ex Fest. 4L). This is is known to have been called sem ita, which is usually
very mysterious. The area should be large, the god a footpath. The northeastern stretch just before the
desses honored important, and the sacrifice an im gate may have acquired the name Vicus Portae Col-
portant holiday. The uncertainty of the reading linae (C IL 6 .4 5 0 = IL S 3 6 1 8 ), though that is more
between A lbion aru m and albin aru m is further wor likely a street running southeast from Alta Semita
risome. Paulus uses the past tense of the sacrifice, but just inside Porta Collina.


The Augustan Regio VI known by this name was and plays could be performed simultaneously in
very large, including the Viminal, Quirinal, and both, and then in the afternoon they could be
slopes of the Pincian, together with the valleys be wheeled about and brought together, at which time
tween; but much of the northern part was taken up the combined orchestras became an arena (see Thea-
by horti. It seems to have been bounded by the Ar- tra Curionis). Whether earlier gladiatorial games had
giletum and Vicus Patricius on the south and south always been presented in the forum, or in some sim
east, the line of the Aurelian Walls, including the ilar public space, is not known but seems likely. The
Castra Praetoria, on the east, northeast, and north, earliest gladiatorial show offered in Rome was at fu
as far as Porta Pinciana, the ancient street following neral games for D. Iunius Brutus Scaeva in 2 6 4 B.C .
the line of modern Via di Porta Pinciana and a con (Val. M ax. 2.4 .7 ) and was offered in the Forum
tinuation of this running more or less due south from Boarium. While such games might have been put on
its termination at Via del Tritone on the west, and in a theater or circus, their forming regularly a part
the line of the street isolating the imperial fora on the of funeral games and triumphs argues for an infor
southwest. Its principal landmarks were the baths of mal setting. In 30/29 B .C . Statilius Taurus built the
Diocletian and Constantine, the Castra Praetoria, first stone amphitheater (Cass. Dio 5 1 .2 3 .1 ; Sueton
the temples of Quirinus, Salus, and Flora, and the ius, Aug. 2 9 .5 , Calig. 18.1) in the Campus Martius;
Horti Sallustiani. this was destroyed in the fire of Nero in a . d . 64
B u llC om 87 (1 9 8 0 -8 1 ): 7 5 -8 2 (E. Rodriguez-Al- (Cass. Dio 62 .1 8 .2 ), so it must have been in the part
meida). of the Campus Martius called the Aemiliana, or its
vicinity, evidently near the Capitoline Hill (Calpur-
A m icitiae A ra : decreed by the senate in a . d . 28, nius Siculus 7 .2 3 -2 4 ). Unfortunately, we have no in
together with an altar to Clementia (q.v.) (Tacitus, formation about its arrangements. All that can be
Ann. 4.74 ), but it is not known where it was in said is that it seems to have been used almost exclu
tended to stand or whether it was ever erected. sively for gladiatorial shows and hunts. A second
amphitheater begun by Caligula next to the Saepta
A m p h ith eatru m : a building type, serving especially Iulia was unfinished at his death, and the work was
for the presentation of gladiatorial spectacles, appar abandoned by Claudius (Suetonius, Calig. 21), and
ently invented in Samnite Campania, where the tra one built by Nero in a . d . 5 7 was of wood and evi
dition of gladiatorial contests was strong, essentially dently not intended to be permanent (Tacitus, Ann.
an oval arena surrounded on all sides by banks of 1 3 .3 1 .1 ; Suetonius, N ero 12.1), although some of
seating for spectators. The main entrance was always its appointments were lavish (Pliny, N H 16.200,
on the long axis of the arena and led in from the 19.24). None of these buildings seems to have been
exterior, so that the procession (pom pa) with which remarkable for its engineering, and while those in the
such games began could make a grand entrance and Campus Martius must have been freestanding and
circle the arena. The oldest amphitheater known is patterned after the theaters of Pompey and Marcel-
that of Pompeii, the date of which is disputed. It is lus, there is no suggestion that provisions for theat
certainly at least as old as the time of Sulla, when rical effects were a regular concern. So also the mar
local magistrates were responsible for some sort of vels described by Corydon in Calpurnius Siculus
construction there. This was commemorated in an (7 .6 9 -7 2 ) could have been arranged without sophis
inscription in which the word for amphitheater is ticated engineering. Apparently advanced showman
conspicuously absent. Instead it is recorded that the ship with elevation of animal cages, artificial land
magistrates: sp ectacu la d e sua p eq . fac. coer. et co- scapes, and multiple surprises does not antedate the
loneis locu m in p erp etu o m deder. (C/L 1 0.852 = ILS Flavian amphitheaters of Puteoli and Rome. It is per
5627). This amphitheater is without any arrange haps worth noting that there was probably only a
ment under the arena, and the cavea is essentially a single amphitheater in Rome until the time of the
mass of earth, made by excavating the interior and construction of the Amphitheatrum Castrense in the
piling up the earth removed from it around the cir third century.
cumference. Access for the spectators was mainly
from a broad elevated walk around the exterior, with A m p h ith eatru m C a lig u la e: an amphitheater iuxta
stairs at regular intervals leading down between sec S aepta begun by Caligula, but then not continued by
tors. Only the very privileged had a better arrange Claudius (Suetonius, Calig. 21). Space for this might
ment, and that may not have been original. have been available to the east, it being quite uncer
In Rome the earliest amphitheater that we hear of tain when the Temple of Isis Campensis was built, or
is an invention in 53 B .C . of C. Trebonius Curio. He to the north. The former is more likely. C1L
built two theaters with caveas that revolved, so that 6 .1 2 5 2 = 1LS 205 refers to damage caused to the
during the morning they could stand back to back Aqua Virgo by Caligula; very likely this was caused


by the amphitheater. The verb used is disturbare, there is no proof of that. If Aurelian contemplated
which suggests demolition, and it may be that Calig having to defend the city seriously enough to have
ula intended to route the aqueduct around his am turned the summum maenianum into an outwork of
phitheater, which would locate the latter near the the walls, the rest can still have continued to function
northeast corner of the Saepta. as before.
R endP ontA cc 8 (1955): 1 4 7 -5 4 (A. M . Colini);
Amphitheatrum Castrense (Figs. 16, 7 8 ): the Nash 1.1316.
small amphitheater south of the Sessorium (q.v.)
near the church of S. Croce in Gerusalemme, later Amphitheatrum Flavium (Figs. 3, 4, 5): the Col
included in the fortifications of Aurelian, at which osseum (a name it received only after a . d . 1000 from
time the arcades of about one-third of the outer cir the nearby Colossus Solis [Neronis] [q.v.]), begun by
cumference were walled up. It was a broad oval in Vespasian in the basin ringed by the Velia, Oppius,
plan, with axes of 88 m and 7 5 .8 0 m, built entirely and Caelian. This was the site of an ornamental lake,
of brick-faced concrete. It originally consisted of one of the finest features of the Domus Aurea of
three storeys on the exterior, and drawings of the Nero, probably fed by cascades down the Caelian
sixteenth century still show these, but today the top issuing from the northeast face of the platform of the
storey and all but a very small part of the middle one Temple of Divus Claudius, which was turned into a
have disappeared. We are dependent on measured series of fountains and grottoes. Vespasian diverted
drawings, especially two by Palladio (Zorzi, figs. the water to public use, drained the lake, laid a deep
23132), for information. The lowest storey is em footing of concrete (deeper where the cavea was to
bellished with an engaged order with Corinthian stand), and set about building the worlds largest and
capitals in brick. There are no bases, but plinths of most beautiful amphitheater where the lake had
travertine blocks. In the second storey the engaged been. The notion that he had to contend with a lake
order was replaced by pilasters, also Corinthian. In or pond existing here before N eros time does not
the third storey rectangular windows replaced the ar seem correct, but there was certainly water in the
cades, and the elongated pilasters of the ornamental area, as a watercourse of some volume still runs in
order, also Corinthian, carried only plinthlike sec the lowest level of the excavations under the church
tions of entablature as a crowning finish. Between of S. Clemente.
these were corbels for footing the masts that carried The amphitheater was remarkable for the clarity
awnings for the spectators. The cavea seems to have of its architectural concept, yet several emperors
been very narrow, restricted to a single bank of nine were involved in its construction. Vespasian carried
rows of seats, unless, as Palladios drawing suggests, the building to the top of the second arcade of the
there was seating above in a sum m um m aenianum . outer wall and the m aen ian u m secundum of the seat
The arena was provided with chambers underneath, ing and dedicated it before his death in 79 (Chron.
but there is no information about how these were 146). Titus added the third and fourth storeys of the
arranged. seating and rededicated it with magnificent games
The footing of the lowest order stands high above lasting one hundred days in 80 (Suetonius, Tit. 7.3;
ground level today, and it has been suggested that at Cass. Dio 66.25). Domitian is said to have com
the time of the building of the Aurelian Walls the pleted the building a d clipea, presumably gilded
ground was considerably lowered, but the brick fac bronze shields that adorned the top storey of the ex
ing descends smooth to the top of the concrete foot terior (Chron. 146).
ing, showing that the level has been lowered only a Nerva and Trajan made changes and additions
loot or two around most of the circumference. There (CIL 6 .3 2 2 5 4 55). It was restored by Antoninus
can therefore have been only a limited access, prob Pius (S.H.A. Ant. Pius 8.2). In 2 1 7 it was struck by
ably mainly on the axes of the amphitheater. lightning and was so seriously damaged that it could
After much debate, scholars have now reached a not be used for several years (Cass. Dio 7 9 .2 5 .2 3).
general agreement that the building should be dated Repairs begun by Elagabalus (S.H.A. H eliogab.
:o the time of Elagabalus, who was responsible for a 17.8) were continued by Alexander Severus (S.H.A.
good bit of construction in this area. The complete A lex. Sev. 24.3) and seem to have continued to 238,
absence of brick-stamps seems to support this date in the time of Gordian III (S.H.A. M ax. et B alb. 1.4).
Bloch 3013). Its identification as the Amphithea- In 25 0 it was presumably restored by Decius after
rrum Castrense of Regio V in the regionary cata another fire caused by lightning (Hieron. a. Abr.
logues depends on interpreting Castrense as meaning 22 6 8 ). It was damaged in the earthquakes of 442
"belonging to the imperial residence but is gener (Paul. Diac., Hist. R om . 1 3 .1 6 ; C IL 6 .3 2 0 8 6 -
ally accepted. PA thought it would have been unus 89 = IL S 5633) and 4 7 0 (C IL 6 .32091 = IL S 5 6 3 4 ,
able after the construction of the Aurelian Walls, but C IL 6 .3 2 0 9 2 , 3 2 1 8 8 -8 9 ). After another earthquake


tury it had been reduced to more or less the state in

which we see the exterior today; van Heemskercks
drawings (1: fol. 28v, 70r; 2: fol. 47r, 55r, 56v, 94v)
give it its familiar appearance. Probably the plunder
of the interior continued until the eighteenth century.
Excavation and restoration began in the nineteenth
century, but there has never been a full study of the
building and the problems it presents. The north side
of the exterior still stands, with thirty-two entrance
arches numbered from X X III to LIV, together with
the part of the building between the faade and the
travertine wall that supported the colonnade at
the top of the cavea. Between this inner wall and the
arena, the skeleton of the building is concrete; the
two rings of radiating walls carrying sloping vaults
in which the stairs to the higher parts of the cavea
were arranged and on which the marble seating was
supported and the heavier ring on which the podium
with places for the senators and magistrates was sup
Figure 3 ported survive, but this part has been stripped of the
A m phitheatrum
marble seating, balustrades, and whatever there was
F lavium , Tem ple o f
Divus Claudius, in the way of decoration and furniture.
Ludus M agnus, The plan is highly logical. On the ground floor are
and A djacen cies, five annular corridors, the two outermost being, in
R epresen tation on the
effect, a double arcade around the whole, the inner
M arb le Plan in R elation
to M odern Streets
most interrupted only by four ceremonial entrances,
two on the long axis for the p o m p a and performers,
and two on the minor axis to the imperial box on the
south side and the box for the magistrates opposite
this. From these annular corridors one mounted to
ones seat by stairs arranged in sets of four, a stair to
a different level repeating in every fourth radial pas
sage, except where the ceremonial entrances inter
rupt. Spectators were provided with tokens on which
the numbers of their portal, m aenianum , vom ito-
rium, gradus, and locus appeared, and they could
Z : 1.-

**N -
readily find, or be directed to, their seats. The ar
* y* r- cades of the ground storey are decorated on the ex
< r';'
Figure 4 terior with an engaged Tuscan order carrying an en
A m phitheatrum tablature with a continuous blank frieze and an attic
Flavium , Plan in Fou r of the same depth as the entablature with projections
Storeys, Reading
over the columns that make plinths for the order
C lockw ise from the
Upper Left above. The ceremonial entrances are embellished
with projecting pediments carried on freestanding
columns and are unnumbered; the other seventy-six
it was repaired by the prefect Basilius, probably con arches were numbered at large scale just under the
sul in 508 (C IL 6 .3 2 0 9 4 = IL S 5 6 3 5 ), for the vena- architrave. The top of this storey on the exterior cor
tiones still being held there in 523 (Cassiodorus, Var. responds to that of the m aen ian u m prim um on the
5.42). The last gladiatorial games were held here in interior. The arches are 7 .0 5 m high and 4 .2 0 m
404 (Theodoretus 5.26). wide. The second storey reproduces the width of the
The destruction of the amphitheater seems to have arches of the ground storey but is 2 Roman feet (0.59
begun with the earthquake during the time of Pope m) lower. The columns are Ionic and unfluted, and a
Leo IV (ca. 847). Its ruins were apparently then used parapet ran across the base of each arch. The entab
as a shelter for a considerable community and plun lature again has a blank frieze and is surmounted by
dered for building material. By the fourteenth cen an attic similar to the one below. The top of this sto

rey on the exterior corresponds to that of the maen-

ianum secundum on the interior.
The third storey reproduces the width of the
arches below, but its arches are very slightly (0.05 m)
lower than those of the Ionic arcade. The order is
Corinthian, unfluted, and carries entablature and at
tic like the others, except that there is a small square
window in the attic over every other arch. The arches
of this storey on the exterior respond to a wall that
rose 5 m above the cavea and was pierced with doors
and windows to an annular corridor running just be
hind it. On the evidence of coins of Titus and Domi-
tian (B . M. C oins, R om . E m p. 2 pi. 5 0 .2 , 7 0 .1 ; Nash
1: fig. 12), on the line of the outer wall of the second
annular corridor of the ground storey was a Corin
thian colonnade carrying a flat wooden roof. The
columns of cipollino and granite, pieces of which are
still to be seen here and there, have been assigned to
the Flavian period. The fourth storey on the exterior Figure 5
is a solid wall decorated with Corinthian pilasters A m phitheatrum
with a rectangular window between every other pair Flavium , Plan and
Sections, Showing
of pilasters; the coins show large round shields in the
the Pattern o f
others. Just above the lintels of the windows runs a C om m u nication
line of corbels, three in each intercolumniation, cor
responding to piercings in the cornice. These braced
the masts on which awnings that covered the crowd passage was for armed guards. On the podium were
were rigged. A good bit of the cornice and low cop the places for the chairs of distinguished spectators,
ing above it survives, though much rebuilt. The total assigned only to offices and collegia, not to individ
height of the exterior is 4 8 .5 0 m. It stands on a trav uals, until the time of Constantine, when they were
ertine podium of two steps and is surrounded by a assigned to families. Later assignment to individuals
pavement of travertine 17.50 m wide. The outer edge became common. The names and designations of
of this was marked by a row of travertine cippi, often seat holders are carved and scratched in the pave
erroneously said to have served in rigging the awn ment and especially on the corona that carried a
ings, but the five remaining show no sign of this. marble or bronze balustrade along the front of the
Rather, there are holes cut on the inner face to secure podium (C/L 6 .3 2 0 9 9 3 2 2 4 8 ; B u llC om 8 [1880]:
a barrier that ran radially toward the amphitheater 2 3 6 82 [R. Lanciani]). Inscriptions in erasures of
and facilitated the management of the crowds of older inscriptions are common.
spectators. The podium was separated from the maenianum
It is often asserted that the arches of the second primum by a balteu s or p raecin ctio. The maenianum
and third storeys of the exterior contained statues, primum had about twenty rows of seats, and the
or statuary groups, facing to the exterior, and they maenianum secundum had about sixteen, divided
are so shown on coins (and the relief of the Haterii? between a m aen ian u m superius and a m aenianum in-
Helbig4 1 .1076]), but we must doubt that this pro ferius. These were further divided into wedges (cu-
gram was ever completed, possibly ever begun. These nei) by stairs leading down from entrances (vom ito
arches in such representations are shown without the ria) at mid-maenianum and at the top. These were
parapets that the existing arches almost all show, and reached by stairs in the first and second storeys, the
no parapet is provided with a statue base. The relief second having a mezzanine corridor arranged over a
of the Haterii shows a quadriga mounted over the lower interior corridor in the outer double arcade to
main entrance; because this entrance has disap carry traffic bound for higher levels. The m aenianum
peared, there is no way to confirm or refute this. sum m um , raised 5 m above the secundum , was in
In the interior the podium of the cavea was raised ligneis. Behind this was the colonnade carrying a
about 4 m above the arena and separated from it by wooden roof that made a gallery and a working plat
a narrow passage paved with marble. Spectators form for those who rigged the awnings. The outer
were further protected from accident, especially with corridor in the third storey had its ceiling lowered to
the wild beasts, by a fence inside this. Presumably the the height of the arches of the faade and a vaulted


half-storey introduced behind the entablature and travertine for this work was evidently specially
attic to take the stairs serving this. It is this that the quarried near Tivoli and of the best quality. Where
windows in the attic lit. Spectators watching from slightly less pressure had to be withstood peperino is
the colonnade, probably from stepped seating in used in the inner walls. There is also some sperone
wood, are shown on the coins. Along the wall behind and tufa in lower parts of the inner walls. The seats
this colonnade at least four stairs led to the roof. were all of marble, some of it colored, but colored
These were of masonry, and two have left clear prints marble seems to have been used sparingly for such
on the wall, but, because for their installation some parts as the imperial box. The whole building mea
of the windows in the exterior wall had to be bricked sures 188 m on its long axis and 156 m on its cross
up, they must be replacements for earlier wooden axis.
stairs or ladders. No spectators are shown on the It is shown on the Marble Plan (FUR pi. 19; Rod
roof of the colonnade on the coins, but accommo riguez pi. 11) in a number of fragments covering
dations for these may have been added later. about one-quarter of the whole. The conventions
The arena itself is an ellipse, the long axis 86 m used by the makers of the plan make it a remarkably
long, the short axis 5 4 m. It was floored largely with uninformative representation. It was apparently la
wood, sections of which could be removed for spe beled simply am p h ith e a tru m . It is listed in the re-
cial effects. The deep substructures are complicated, gionary catalogues in Regio III and said to have
their plan essentially three concentric annular pas eighty-seven thousand loca. Modern estimates of its
sages enclosing four straight rows of cells parallel to capacity put the maximum seating at no more than
the long axis with broad passages between and a ring forty-five thousand.
of cells giving into the outermost annular passage. It is the most impressive ruin in Rome, massive
On the main axis there are additional large rooms in and awe-inspiring in its proportions and the size of
wedge-shaped annexes at either end, and there are the blocks of the travertine of the faade, while in
subterranean entrances at both ends of both axes. the interior it has a remarkably light construction of
That on the east communicated with the Ludus M ag concrete in which the stone of the caem en ta is graded
nus (q.v.). Some of these arrangements were clearly according to the thrust it must bear and deliver, as in
for the cages for wild animals and the elevators by the dome of the Pantheon. As a feat of engineering it
which they could be hoisted into the constructions is brilliant, and that it could have been built in so
popular in the presentation of venationes. Others short a time is amazing. That its effect as architecture
seem to be for machinery, cranes and catapults by should be so aesthetically satisfying, despite the great
which special effects were achieved. The wide central blank attic, is perhaps almost accidental and due in
corridor was floored in part with a great framework large part to the rhythmic play of its arcades around
of wooden beams, resembling a railroad, the purpose the oval form. This may explain why it was finally
of which is obscure. There is also an extensive drain felt unnecessary to fill them with statuary.
age and sewer system following the main lines of the R. Colagrossi, L an fiteatro flavio (Florence and
design and emptying under Via di S. Gregorio. This Rome 1913); G. Cozzo, U ingegneria rom an a (Rome
part of the amphitheater has received inadequate at 1928), 2 0 3 - 5 3 ; Lugli 1946, 3 1 9 - 4 6 with bibliog
tention as yet. raphy; Nash 1 .1 7 -2 5 ; Boethius and Ward Perkins
The entrance on the north seems to have been con 2 2 1 -2 4 ; Lugli 1975, 3 8 2 - 9 2 ; M . di M acco, 11 colos-
nected with the Esquiline by a portico. A broad cor se o : Funzione sim bolica, storica, u rban a (Rome
ridor leads from it directly to the box of the magis 1971); Coarelli 1974, 1 6 6 -7 4 ; R ivlstA rch, ser. 3.4
trates and Vestals. A cryptoporticuslike passage (1981): 9 - 6 9 (C. Mocchegiani Carpano and R. Lu-
starts not far to the east of the ceremonial entrance ciani); R om a sotterran ea (show catalogue, directed
for the princeps on the south side and leads in the by R. Luciani [Rome 1985]), 10811, 17986 (C.
direction of the Temple of Divus Claudius on the Mocchegiani Carpano); R o m a : A rch eolog ia nel
Caelian; it is sometimes assigned to Commodus. Re cen tro (Rome 1985), 1 .1 2 2 -4 6 (C. Mocchegiani
mains of stuccowork coffering in a poor state can be Carpano et al.); B u llC om 92 (198788); 3 2 3
found in the vaults of the north corridor and this 28 (R. Rea).
cryptoporticus. Whether the interior corridors were
all stuccoed seems very doubtful, but there must have Amphitheatrum N eronis: a wooden amphitheater
been a decorative finish of some sort. built by Nero in a .d . 5 7 within the short space of a
The construction is of concrete, with and with single year. It stood in the Campus Martius, and in
out brick facing, with a travertine faade and skel its construction Nero evidently made use of the larg
eton and travertine in very large blocks as high as the est tree ever exhibited in Rome, a larch (Pliny, H N
second storey wherever strength was required. The 16.200). It seems to have been remarkable for its


blue awnings spangled with stars (Pliny, H N 19.24). 3 6 .1 2 2 ; Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 13, 15, 1 8 -2 1 , 2 .6 8 , 72,
Because it is not listed among the buildings lost in 73, 86, 90, 91, 93, 104, 105; Van Deman 2 7 1 -3 3 0 ;
the fire of Titus (see Cass. Dio 66 .2 4 ), it must have Ashby 1935, 2 5 2 - 9 8 ; Pace 1 7 6 -8 3 .
stood north or west of the Pantheon and its neigh
bors, perhaps a first member of the complex that in Anio Vetus: the second great aqueduct of Rome,
cluded the Thermae Neronianae (q.v.). following the Appia (see Aqua Appia). The censors
Tacitus, Ann. 13 .3 1 ; Suetonius, N ero 12; Aur. M . Curius Dentatus and L.(?) Papirius Praetextatus
Viet., Epit. 5.3. let the contract for it in 2 7 2 B .C . and paid for it from
the spoils taken from Pyrrhus (Frontinus, A q. 1.6; cf.
Amphitheatrum Statilii Tauri: the first stone am Broughton, M RR 1.198). The intake was above Ti-
phitheater built in Rome, constructed at his own ex bur, opposite Varia (modern Vicovaro). O f its
pense by T. Statilius Taurus, one of Octavians most 4 3 ,0 0 0 paces only 221 ran above ground on sub
distinguished and successful generals, who had a structures. It entered the city a d Spent Veterem (Porta
brilliant part in the war against Sextus Pompey and Maggiore) and was distributed to most parts of the
at Actium and had triumphed in 3 4 B.C . for his suc city, except the Palatine, Caelian, Aventine, and Cir
cesses in Africa. The amphitheater was dedicated in cus Maximus (Frontinus, A q. 2.8 0 ). Frontinus found
29 (Cass. Dio 5 1 .2 3 .1 ; Suetonius, Aug. 29.5) and its intake to be 4 ,3 9 8 quinariae {Aq. 2 .6 6 ), but it
was destroyed in the fire of Nero in a . d . 64 (Cass. tended to be turbid, being taken from the river, so in
Dio 6 2 .18.2). It stood in the Campus Martius and is his reforms it was restricted to use in watering gar
listed by Strabo (5.3.8 [236]) along with the three dens and the meaner services of the city (Frontinus,
stone theaters. But because these did not perish in A q. 2.92). It was repaired by Q. Marcius Rex in 144
that fire, the amphitheater must have stood well to B.C . (Frontinus, A q. 1.7; Pliny, H N 3 6 .1 2 1 ), by
the east of them in the part of Rome destroyed by the Agrippa in 33 B .C . (Frontinus, A q. 1.9), and by Au
second outbreak of the fire that began in the Aemi- gustus in 1 1 -4 b . c . (Frontinus, A q. 2.1 2 5 ). A num
liana (q.v.). It probably stood east of Via Lata near ber of the cippi of the Augustan restoration have
the south end of Piazza SS. Apostoli. survived (C IL 6 .1 2 4 3 , cf. 3 1 5 5 8 ; 1 4 .4 0 7 9 , 4 0 8 0 ,
4 0 8 3 , 40 8 4 ). A branch of the Anio Vetus, the Specus
Anaglypha Traiani: see Plutei Traiani. Octavianus, inside the second milestone from the
city, took part of its water to the Horti Asiniani, near
Anio N ovus: the highest of all the aqueducts of the Via Nova (Frontinus, A q. 1.21), but the location
Rome, begun in a . d . 38 by Caligula, at the same time of this property is quite uncertain.
as the Aqua Claudia, completed by Claudius in 52 Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 6, 7, 9, 13, 18, 2 1 ; 2 .6 6 , 67,
(C IL 6 .1 2 5 6 = IL S 218). The water was originally 80, 9 0 - 9 2 , 125; Van Deman 2 9 6 6 ; Ashby 1935,
taken directly from the Anio River at the forty- 5 4 - 8 7 ; Pace 1 2 1 -2 4 .
second milestone of the Via Sublacensis (Frontinus,
Aq. 1.15), so it was apt to be cloudy in winter and Antoninus, Templum: see M arcus, Divus,
even after summer showers. Trajan therefore ordered Templum.
extension to a lake above N eros Villa Sublacensis
Frontinus, A q. 2.93), after which the water rivaled Antoninus et Faustina, Templum (Fig. 4 8 ): built
that of the Aqua M arcia in clarity and freshness by Antoninus Pius in Regio IV on the north side of
and was said to exceed it in quantity. Frontinus puts the Sacra Via just east of the street (Corneta?) divid
the intake at 4,738 quinariae {Aq. 2.7 3 ), making ing it from the Basilica Paulli (q.v.) in honor of his
it the most abundant of the Anio Valley aque deified wife, who died in a . d . 141 (S.H.A. Ant. Pius
ducts. 6.7). After his own death and deification in 161, the
From the seventh milestone from the city, where it temple was rededicated to both (S.H.A. Ant. Pius
had its piscin a lim aria, Anio Novus ran on the course 13.4). The first dedication is inscribed on the archi
of the Claudia in a channel immediately over the trave and the second on the frieze, the decoration of
Claudia, 609 paces on substructures, 6,491 paces on which was chiseled away to receive it (C IL
arches (Frontinus, A q. 1.15). The arches ended be 6 .1005 = IL S 34 8 ). Thereafter, it was properly
hind the Horti Pallantiani (Frontinus, A q. 1.20), and known as Templum Divi Antonini et Divae Faustinae
the waters were mixed at that point in a terminal (C IL 6 .2 0 0 1 ). It was called Templum Faustinae
piscina and distributed throughout the city in pipes, (S.H.A. Salon. 1.4 [Gall. 19.4]; N ot.) and Templum
the height of the Anio Novus permitting distribution Divi Pii (S.H.A. Carac. 4.2). It is shown on coins of
to even the highest points. Faustina (Cohen2, Faustine mre 6 4 - 7 1 , 19194,
Suetonius, Calig. 21, Claud. 2 0 ; Pliny, H N 2 5 3 -5 5 , 2 7 4 ; R IC 3 .6 9 -7 6 nos. 343, 3 5 4 , 3 8 8 , 396,


ing cornucopias have been recovered and make re

construction possible.
The lateral walls of the cella are of peperino ashlar
masonry, built into the church of S. Lorenzo in M i
randa. On the coins the temple is shown with pedi-
mental sculptures and acroteria, but of these there is
no trace today. Fragments of a colossal male and a
colossal female statue were found, which are prob
ably to be identified as the cult statues. The whole
temple was revetted with marble plates simulating
drafted ashlar above a plain dado that have disap
peared. For the history of the church into which the
temple was converted, see HCh 2 8 8 89.
H J 8 - 9 ; M onA nt 23 (1914): 9 4 9 -7 4 (A. Bartoli);
PA 1 3 -1 4 ; Lugli 1946, 2 2 0 -2 1 .

Antrum (N ot.), Atrium (Cur.) Cyclopis: listed in

Regio II by the regionary catalogues, presumably a
grotto or nymphaeum, perhaps embellished with
sculptures of Ulysses and Polyphemus like those of
Castel Gandolfo and Sperlonga (cf. PECS, s.v. Alba
Longa, Sperlonga ). This apparently gave its name
to a Vicus Cyclopis in Regio I (C IL 6 .2 2 2 6 = ILS
Figure 6
Tem ple o f A pollo
(M edicu s, Sosianus),
R estored Plan Showing Aphrodision: mentioned only once, among the por
A ctual Rem ains tents of Septimius Severuss rise to greatness. Faus
tina, the wife of Marcus Aurelius, is said to have pre
pared the wedding chamber for Septimius and Julia
406 and 1 6 2 -6 9 nos. 1115, 1137, 1138, 1148, Domna in the Aphrodision below the Palatine (Cass.
1152, 1168, 1195). Dio 75 .3 .1 ). This might have been connected with
The temple was raised on a lofty podium faced the Temple of Venus et Roma, the Temple of Venus
with blocks of peperino finished with moldings at Obsequens, or the Temple of Venus Verticordia (see
base and crown, with a stair extending across the Venus et Roma, Templum; Venus Obsequens, Aedes;
whole front. In the middle of the stair are remains of Venus Verticordia, Aedes).
an altar. A fragment of marble relief with figures of
gods in archaistic style has been identified as belong Apollinare: an area in the Prata Flaminia that Livy
ing to this altar (R en d L in c 12 [1957]: 5 0 5 7 [E. (3.63.7) says was already so called before the build
Lissi]). At the top of the stair were squarish statue ing of the Temple of Apollo Medicus, presumably
bases to either side. M ost of the stair has disap therefore coterminal with the precinct of the temple
peared, robbed out for building material, but in (see Apollo, Aedes).
1899 the removal of the later pavement of the Sacra
Via brought to light the three lowest steps of the Apollo, Aedes (Figs. 6, 7, 3 7 .2 ): the only temple of
stair, and it has since been reconstructed. Apollo in Rome before Augustus built the Temple
The temple was hexastyle, prostyle, with two ad of Apollo Palatinus (Asconius in Cic. tog. cand. 8 0 -
ditional columns to either side of the pronaos. The 81 [Stangl 6 9 -7 0 ]). It was vowed in 433/2 b . c . in
columns are monoliths of cipollino with Corinthian consequence of a plague and dedicated in 431 by the
capitals and bases of white marble. The entablature consul C. Iulius (Livy 4 .2 5 .3 , 4 .2 9 .7 ). The original
in white marble ran down the flanks and probably dedication day was 13 July, thereafter the occasion
around the whole building. The frieze is carved with of the Ludi Apollinares. The god very early carried
gryphons and scrolls flanking candelabra. The cor the epithet Medicus. Despite variations in the word
nice, fragments of which are still in place, is elabo ing of accounts of its location, they all point to a
rate in the Antonine taste. Although the tympanum place between Piazza Campitelli and the Theater of
was dismantled and destroyed, fragments of it and Marcellus, where were unearthed substantial re
of the lateral antefixes showing female figures carry mains, especially of the principal faade and east


flank. The revetment of the exterior was all in white

marble, the pronaos hexastyle, pycnostyle, with
three columns on each flank, the columns Corinthian
with Attic bases, elegantly carved with the flutes al
ternately wide and narrow. The frieze is decorated
with branches of laurel (?) swung between candela
bra and bucrania. Around the squarish cella the or
der was carried engaged. The tympana were filled
with an Amazonomachy of Greek workmanship of
the fifth century from an unknown source. There
was no stair in front, the temple being approached
by two small stairs on the flanks of the pronaos. In
the interior were columns of africano with figured
Corinthian capitals of white marble that included
tripods and serpents. They carried an entablature
with a frieze showing scenes of a battle on horse and
a triumph. A series of aediculae revetted with col
ored marble and gilded stucco surmounted by pedi
ments alternately triangular and lunate filled the in-
tercolumniations. The pavement was also of colored
marble. Between the temple and the theater was
a circular building, probably a monopteral aedi-
cula, 5 .2 0 m in diameter, which nearly filled the
space between the two and virtually blocked traffic
The temple in its present state is believed to be the
Figure 7
work of C. Sosius, consul in 32 B .C ., because Pliny
Tem ple o f A pollo
twice speaks of works of art in a Temple of Apollo (M edicus, Sosianus),
Sosianus (HN 13.53, 36.28 ). An earlier restoration O rder and En tablature
or rebuilding seems to have been carried out in 353 (A rch itects D raw ing)
B.C . (Livy 7.20.9). The new dedication day was cel
ebrated on 23 September (Degrassi 512). If so, this would serve to date Sosiuss rebuilding of
This was a favorite place for meetings of the sen the temple to ca. 3 0 28 B.C .
ate, especially for meeting foreign embassies and de B u llC om 66 (1938): 2 5 9 - 6 0 (A. M . Colini), 68
liberating about triumphs (cf., e.g., Livy 3 4 .4 3 .2 , (1940): 2 2 8 - 2 9 (A. M . Colini); Lugli 1946, 5 3 6 -
3 7 .5 8 .3 , 3 9 .4 .1 , 4 1 .1 7 .4 ; Cicero, Fam . 8 .4.4, 8 .8 .6 ; 4 2 ; Nash 1 .2 8 -3 0 ; Lugli 1975, 2 8 5 - 8 7 ; B u llC om
Att. 1 5 .3 .1 ; QFr. 2 .3 .3 ). It was also the repository of 87 (1 9 8 0 -8 1 ): 5 7 -7 3 (E. La Rocca); E. La Rocca,
an extraordinary collection of works of art, both A m azzo n o m a ch ia : L e sculture fron ton ali d el tem pio
paintings and sculptures, of which the most famous d i A p o llo S osian o (Rome 1985); B u llC om 90
seems to have been a group of Niobids ascribed by (1985): 3 6 3 - 6 8 (P. Virgili).
some to Scopas, by others to Praxiteles (Pliny, H N
3 6 .2 8 ; cf. 13.53, 3 5 .9 9 , 3 6 .3 4 -3 5 ). Apollo Argenteus: The Ager Apollinis Argentei is
In 179 B .C . the censors let the contracts for various known only from a tomb inscription found in 1729
works, especially porticoes. One or more of these is on M onte M ario (C1L 6 .2 2 3 3 = ILS 4 1 8 2 ; cf. C IL
described in a corrupt passage in Livy: aliam p o st 6 .2 9 9 6 7 ). If the inscription was found more or less
n avalia et a d fanum H erculis et p o st Spei a d Tiberim in situ, as it seems to have been, there is no way of
a ed em A pollinis m ed ici (Livy 4 0 .5 1 .6 ). A single por telling how the area got its name.
tico of such extent, or anything approaching it, is
most unlikely; a portico framing part of the precinct Apollo Caelispex: a monument mentioned only in
of the temple may lie behind this corruption. the regionary catalogues, listed in Regio X I between
Vitruvius (3.3.4) mentions an a ed es A pollinis et the Porta Trigemina and Hercules Olivarius, so prob
D ianae as an example of a diastyle temple. He is as ably in the Forum Boarium in the area between the
likely referring to an earlier phase of this temple as circus brook and the Cloaca. It is identified with
to Apollo Palatinus (q.v.) although this is the only some probability by Coarelli as the large Apollo that
occurrence of this designation (cf. Pliny, H N 36.35). came from Carthage and was set up opposite the cir-


cus (Plutarch, Flam in. 1.1). This would put it in the should be in the Vigna Barberini, where there was
neighborhood of the carceres of the circus. He fur certainly a major building, almost certainly a temple
ther identifies it as the Apollo shown in the Forum in a colonnaded square. But there has never been
Boarium relief of the arch of Trajan at Beneventum, adequate exploration of this area by excavation, and
which is unlikely. its character and construction are quite unknown. A
Coarelli 1988, 1 5 6 - 6 4 ; JR A 3 (1990): 2 4 0 - more popular view is that the temple of Apollo is the
42 (R. E. A. Palmer). temple between the Domus Augustiana and the Sca-
lae Caci labeled by Lanciani Aedes Iovis Propugna-
Apollo Palatinus, Aedes (also Templum), toris and often called Iuppiter Victor. This is a po
Augustus, R G 4 .1 9 , Propertius 2 .3 1 .9 , et al.; dium of Augustan concrete approached by a long
Delubrum, Pliny, H N 3 6 .2 4 and 32) (Fig. 6 3 .4 ): the broad stair broken into successive flights, the gradus
second temple to Apollo in Rome, vowed by O cta celsi of Ovid (Trist. 3 .1 .5 9 ). The colonnades would
vian during his campaign against Sextus Pompey in have framed the back and sides of a square in front
36 B .C . and begun in that year, but completed and of this, and the library would be the two large apsi-
dedicated in 28 (Cass. Dio 5 3 .1 .3 ). Its dedication dal halls with multiple niches to the southeast. In re
day was 9 October (Degrassi 5 1 8 19). It was univer cent excavations in the Casa di Augusto (Domus Au-
sally admired as the most sumptuous and magnifi gusti) to the northwest, evidence has come to light
cent of all early Augustan buildings. It was built on that strongly supports this location, though the space
land that had been struck by lightning (Cass. Dio available must seem minimal.
4 9.1 5 .5 ) and therefore declared public. Besides Palatinus, the god of this temple is also
It was remarkable for the porticoes connected called Navalis (Propertius 4 .1 .3 ), Actius (Propertius
with it, as well as the temple itself. The three cult 4 .6 .6 7 ), Actiacus (Ovid, M et. 13.715), and Rham-
statues were of Apollo by Scopas (Pliny, H N 36.25), nusius {N ot. Reg. X ). None of these needs be a true
Diana by Timotheus (Pliny, H N 3 6 .3 2 ), and Latona epithet, but the last seems to require explanation.
by Cephisodotus (Pliny, H N 3 6 .2 4 ; cf. 3 6 .3 4 35). Hofer (in Roscher 4.88) hesitates between seeing it
On the roof was a chariot of the sun and sculptures as a transference from the frequent pairing of Nem
by Bupalos and Athenis (Pliny, H N 36 .1 3 ). The esis and Artemis and the possibility that the Apollo
doors were decorated with ivory reliefs showing of Scopas that was the cult image originally came
the crushing of the Celtic assault on Delphi and the from Rhamnous. Certainly the latter is more likely
slaughter of the Niobids (Propertius 2 .3 1 .1 2 16). At to be correct.
the corners of the altar were four bulls by Myron Lugli 1946, 4 3 4 - 4 1 and 4 6 8 - 7 9 ; Nash 1 .3 1 -3 2 ;
(Propertius 2 .3 1 .5 -8 ). In the temple was a collection R om M itt 76 (1969): 1 8 3 -2 0 4 (H. Bauer); Lugli
of engraved gems dedicated by Marcellus (Pliny, H N 1975, 1 7 4 - 7 9 ; A]A 85 (1981): 3 3 5 -3 9 (D. L.
37.11). Thompson); G. Carettoni, D as H aus des Augustus
The particulars of the architecture are not known. a u f dem Palatin (Mainz 1983), 916; A nalR om ,
Servius (ad Aen. 8.720) says the temple was built of suppl. 10 (1983): 2 1 - 4 0 (P. Zanker).
solid blocks of Luna marble, and it may have been
diastyle (Vitruvius 3.3 .4 ). Apollo Sandaliarius: a famous and very costly
The temple was connected with colonnades of statue dedicated by Augustus in Vicus Sandaliarius,
giallo antico in the intercolumniations of which were presumably in a sacellum (Suetonius, Aug. 57.1).
set statues of the fifty daughters of Danaus, with This was in Regio IV (N ot., Cur.). The Vicus Sanda
equestrian statues of their fifty bridegrooms in the liarius was probably the short street running from
open area facing them. There was also a library di the middle of the southeast side of the Templum Pa
vided into separate sections for Greek and Latin and ris almost due east to join Vicus Cuprius.
adorned with portraits of great men of letters. The
area enclosed by these was known as the Area Apol- Apollo Tortor: Suetonius (Aug. 70.2) says that
linis, and the libraries were big enough to accom Apollo was worshiped in a certain part of Rome with
modate meetings of the senate, which met there rel this epithet, but it is not known why. It may be that
atively frequently (Cass. Dio 5 3 .1 .3 ; Suetonius, Aug. he was shown here in the familiar group of the flay
29.3). The Sibylline Books were moved to this ing of Marsyas.
temple (Suetonius, Aug. 3 1 .1 ; Servius a d Aen. 6.72)
and rescued when the temple burned on 18 March Appiades: a fountain group by Stephanus in the
363 (Amm. M arc. 2 3 .3 .3 ). collection of Asinius Pollio, housed in the Atrium
Great uncertainty has reigned with respect to the Libertatis (Pliny, H N 36 .3 3 ). Stephanus was Pom-
location of this temple. According to one view, it peys favorite sculptor, and Ovid speaks of the foun


tain as a neighbor of Venus Genetrix (Ars A m. 1.82; springs were used to supply the Acqua Felice. Out
cf. R em . A m. 660), so it may have stood against the side the city it was identified in the seventeenth cen
party wall between the Atrium Libertatis and the tury by Adrien Azout of Rouen and mapped and de
Forum Iulium. It is presumed that the Appiades scribed by Fabretti (D e A quis, 1680). Its course from
were nymphs of the Aqua Appia, but it is not the third mile of the Via Labicana on and within the
clear why Stephanus should have created such a city of Rome remains entirely unknown.
fountain. Van Deman 34160 ; Ashby 1935, 3 0 8 15.
Coarelli 1974, 106; R om M itt 93 (1986): 4 0 5 -2 3
(R. B. Ulrich). Aqua Alsietina: an aqueduct built by Augustus and
consequently sometimes called Augusta, mainly to
Aqua: the term used in antiquity for the whole supply the Naumachia Augusti (q.v.). It was one of
course of any aqueduct, as well as the water that it the small group of aqueducts with sources on the
brought to Rome. Usually its name was the name of west side of the Tiber, drawing its water from the
the builder of the aqueduct (e.g., Aqua Appia) or Lacus Alsietinus (Lago di Montignano), with addi
identified the source of the water (Anio Vetus). Once tional supply from the Lacus Sabatinus (Lago di
it had a story attached (Aqua Virgo), and once it de Bracciano) (Frontinus, A q. 1.11, 2.71). It delivered
scribed the water (Aqua Tepula). Except in the im 3 9 2 quinariae, all of which were consumed outside
mediate vicinity of the city, Roman aqueducts are the city, the specus ending behind the naumachia
underground channels ventilated by shafts at regular (Frontinus, A q. 2.8 5). It was very poor water, used
intervals, which also served as entrances for those only to supply the naumachia and to water gardens,
who cleaned out deposits of lime and repaired the except when emergency cut the lines crossing the
conduits, where the water flowed by gravity. Bridges river on bridges, when it was used to supply the
and siphons are occasionally introduced to overcome Transtiberim before the building of the Aqua
geographical obstacles, but these, especially the lat Traiana. Frontinus reckons its length as 2 2 ,1 7 2
ter, are very rare. M ost of the water supply of Rome paces, of which 358 paces were on arches. Remains
was taken from the Anio River system, with supple found on the Janiculum just inside the Porta Aurelia
ments from the Alban Hills, and came to Rome atop (Porta S. Pancrazio), originally thought to belong to
an ancient tongue of lava extending from the Alban it (M AAR 6 .1 3 7 -4 6 [A. W. Van Buren]), are now
Hills in the neighborhood of M arino. M ost of these believed to be channels connected with the Aqua
aqueducts emerged at a point known by the modern Traiana. Frontinuss characterization of it as the low
name of Le Capannelle and then were carried on est of the aqueducts is inaccurate.
arches across the last stretch of the Roman Cam- Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 11, 18, 2 2 ; 2 .7 1 , 85; Van De
pagna, entering Rome close to Porta Maggiore (ad man 1 7 9 -8 6 ; Ashby 1935, 1 8 3 -8 9 ; Nash 1 .3 5 -3 6 ;
Spem Veterem). These are the spectacular ruins that Rodriguez 1 4 4 4 7 ; Pace 14749.
are justly famous as feats of engineering and archi
tecture, especially the rusticated arches of the Aqua Aqua Annia: listed only in the addenda to the N o-
Claudia. Within the city for the most part they re titia and Polemius Silvius 545 (Anena ); evidently
turned underground or were carried on the existing a corruption of A qu a A nio (see Anio Novus, Anio
walls and bridges, so there are few dramatic Vetus), because both Anio aqueducts are omitted
stretches, except for the Neronian arches of the from these lists.
Claudia on the Caelian and the bridge that brought
water to the Palatine. The aqueducts on the right Aqua Antoniniana: see Aqua M arcia.
bank of the Tiber ran almost entirely underground
and so have left no dramatic remains. The water de Aqua Appia: the oldest of all the Roman aque
livered by an aqueduct was measured in quinariae, ducts, built in 3 1 2 B .C . by the censors Appius Clau
an invention, according to Frontinus, of either dius and C. Plautius, surnamed Venox as discoverer
Agrippa or Vitruvius. This was a pipe size, the di of the springs (Livy 9 .2 9 .6 ). Its springs were in the
ameter of the pipe being five-fourths of a digit, 2.3 Ager Lucullanus, to the left between the seventh and
cms, or slightly less than an inch. eighth milestones on the Via Praenestina, but they
remain unidentified today. It entered the city ad
Aqua Alexandrina (Alexandriana): an aqueduct Spem Veterem (see Spes Vetus) and extended to the
brought in by Alexander Severus to supply his baths salin ae at Porta Trigemina at the foot of the Clivus
(S.H.A. A lex. Sev. 2 5 .3 ; cf. Thermae Neronianae). Publicius, where it was distributed. It ran almost en
Its springs were near Gabii, and it entered Rome at tirely underground for its length of 1 1 ,1 9 0 paces,
the Porta Maggiore. In the late sixteenth century its only 60 paces near Porta Capena being carried on


arches. It delivered 1,825 quinariae, according to Aquarum (q.v.) is meant. See also Quattuor Scari
Frontinus (Aq. 1.5, 2.65). and N ordhs ap p aratu s criticus.
It was repaired by Q. Marcius Rex in 144 B.C .
(Pliny, H N 36 .1 2 1 ) and by Agrippa in 33 B.C . (Fron Aqua Ciminia: listed in the addenda to the N otitia
tinus, A q. 1.9). Near ad Spem Veterem it was joined and Polemius Silvius 5 4 5 . The name occurs only
a d G em ello s by a supplement constructed by Augus here, and the identification is entirely uncertain.
tus and called the Aqua Augusta, which brought
water from springs near the sixth milestone on the Aqua Claudia: the greatest of all the Roman aque
Via Praenestina near the Collatina, probably in effect ducts, begun like the Anio Novus by Caligula in a . d .
doubling its supply. 38 (Suetonius, C alig. 21) and completed by Claudius
The course within the city is fairly well estab and dedicated 1 August 52 (Frontinus, A q. 1.13).
lished. From ad Spem Veterem it ran along the brow After ten years the supply is said to have failed and
of the Caelian to the neighborhood of the Porta Ca- then been interrupted for nine years, although this
pena, crossed that valley on arches and ran again un has been doubted. It was restored by Vespasian in
derground, turning almost at right angles to run 71. Ten years later Titus and Domitian repaired it.
along the Aventinus M inor and Aventine above the On 3 July 88 a tunnel through Mons Aeflanus was
Circus Maximus to Porta Trigmina. It was also the completed. The remains themselves show repeated
lowest Roman aqueduct. campaigns of repairs through the second and third
Frontinus, A q. 1 .4 -7 , 9 ,1 8 , 2 2 ; 2 .6 5 , 7 9 ,1 2 5 ; Van centuries.
Deman 2 3 - 3 8 ; Ashby 1935, 4 9 - 5 4 ; Pace 1 1 8 -2 0 . The principal springs, Caeruleus and Curtius,
were 3 0 0 paces to the left of the Via Sublacensis at
Aqua Attica: listed only in the addenda to the N o- the thirty-eighth milestone, thus only 100 paces up
titia and Polemius Silvius 545 (A tica ), probably a stream of the springs of the Aqua M arcia and part of
corruption of Antiqua and used for the Anio Ve- the same system (Frontinus, A q. 1 .1 3 -1 4 ). The
tus, which is omitted from these lists. length of the channel is given by Frontinus (Aq. 1.14)
as 4 6 ,4 0 6 paces, but by the Porta Maggiore inscrip
Aqua Aufeia (?): according to Pliny (HN 31.41), tion (C IL 6 .1 2 5 6 58 = IL S 218) as 4 5 ,0 0 0 paces. Its
the original name of the Aqua M arcia. A Gens Au volume at intake Frontinus puts at 4 ,6 0 7 quinariae,
feia seems attested only in Aulus Gellius 11.10.1. second only to the Anio Novus. The Fons Augusta
of the M arcia was turned into the Claudia when the
Aqua Augusta (Augustea): an alternative name M arcia was full (Frontinus, A q. 2.7 2 ), but some
for the Aqua Alsietina (q.v.); also the name given the times even the Claudia overflowed from its supply. It
supplement of the Aqua Appia (q.v.) that joined it entered the city ad Spem Veterem and in its terminal
ad Gemellos, and the Fons Augusta of the Aqua piscina was mixed with the Anio Novus. Then to
M arcia (q.v.). gether they were distributed to all parts of the city,
even the highest (Frontinus, A q. 1.18, 2.86). Outside
Aqua Aurelia: listed in the addenda to the N otitia the city from its piscina at the seventh milestone
and Polemius Silvius 5 4 5 , an unidentified aqueduct of the Via Labicana, it ran on arches that also carried
or spring, just possibly the abundant spring near the the Anio Novus in a channel atop it; these are the
summit of the Janiculum north of Via Aurelia (LA most spectacular remains of all Roman aqueducts,
27). But because all the identifiable items in these the masonry revetted with great blocks of peperino,
lists are aqueducts, it is more likely to be an alternate the arches rising dramatically as the spur on which
name for one of the more familiar ones. they run slopes down toward the city. At the conver
gence of the Via Labicana and Via Praenestina, they
Aqua Caerulea: see Aqua Claudia. turn to cross these in a monumental double arch fin
ished with rusticated blocks of travertine, which was
Aqua Cernens IIII Scari Sub Aede (Eadem later included in the fortifications of Aurelian and
Cur.): listed only in the regionary catalogues in Regio became the Porta Maggiore (Porta M aior), one of the
VIII after the Horrea Agrippiana and before the most elegant remains of antiquity.
Atrium Caci, so possibly at least two separate land At the Porta M aior the Neronian Arcus Caelimon-
marks and also possibly on Vicus Tuscus toward the tani (see Arcus Neroniani) diverge to the south to
Velabrum or on the lower slope of the Palatine, pre carry this water to the southern and western parts of
sumably a fountain or fountains, but of what form the city. The main conduit ran to a piscina p o st hor-
is quite uncertain. The name seems somewhat cor tos P allantianos (Frontinus, A q. 1.20). In the Middle
rupted; possibly the Lacus Iuturnae (q.v.) or Statio Ages the aqueduct was called Forma Claudiana.


Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 1315, 182 0 ; 2 .6 9 , 72, 76, 125; Van Deman 1 5 7 -6 6 ; Ashby 1935, 1 6 1 -6 6 ;
86, 87, 89, 91, 104, 105; Suetonius, Calig. 21, Nash 1.47; CAR 3-G , 218 pp. 2 7 2 -7 3 ; Pace 1 4 0 -
C laud. 2 0 ; Van Deman 1872 7 0 ; Ashby 1935, 190 43 . For cippi of this aqueduct, see N Sc 1925, 51 and
2 5 1 ; Nash 1 .3 7 -4 6 ; Pace 1 5 0 -7 5 . examples cited there.

Aqua Conclusa: in Esquiliae, known only from a Aqua M arcia: perhaps the most famous of all the
single sepulchral inscription (C1L 6 .3 3 0 8 7 = ILS aqueducts of Rome, built originally in 1 4 4 -1 4 0 B.C .
8401), presumably a covered piscina, but then the by Q. Marcius Rex, praetor urbanus, who was com
possibilities are multiple. The castellum of the Clau missioned by the senate to repair the Aquae Appia
dia and Anio Novus southeast of Minerva M edica and Anio Vetus (Pliny, H N 3 6 .1 2 1 ; Frontinus, Aq.
is certainly a possibility. 1.7). The total cost was enormous, and the engineer
ing was an astonishing accomplishment, because the
Aqua D am nata: mentioned only in the addenda to aqueduct brought water to the top of the Capitoline.
the N otitia. PA suggests it may be the same as the It was always considered the best water in Rome, the
Aqua Dotraciana of Polemius Silvius 5 4 5 , which is coldest and purest (Pliny, H N 3 1 .4 1 42). It was re
little or no help, because the lists have a common, paired by Agrippa in 33 B .C . and again by Augustus
much corrupted source. But this might be a nick in 1 1 -4 B .C . (Frontinus, A q. 1.9, 2 .1 2 5 ); the latter
name for the Aqua Alsietina (q.v.). Jordan suggests work is commemorated on an archway by which it
D otracian a might be a corruption of D iocletian a, crossed the Via Tiburtina, later incorporated into the
but that does little to clear matters up. Cf. PW walls of Aurelian (C IL 6 .1 2 4 4 = IL S 98).
4 .2 0 5 9 (C. Hlsen). The springs lay 2 0 0 paces to the left of the Via
Sublacensis at the thirty-eighth milestone, almost
Aqua Drusia: mentioned only by Polemius Silvius midway between the Via Sublacensis and Via Val
(546), possibly the Aqua Anio Vetus, which in the eria. Pliny (H N 31.41) says that the original name of
Specus Octavianus may have passed over the Arcus the water was Aqua Aufeia and that the spring was
Drusi. Fons Pitonia. Augustus added another spring, the
Aqua Augusta, 8 0 0 paces farther up the Anio Valley,
Aqua Herculea: the Rivus Herculaneus of the thus doubling the volume of the aqueduct, which
Aqua M arcia (q.v.). Frontinus reckoned at 4 ,6 9 0 quinariae at the intake.
The length he reckoned at 61,71 O'/i paces, or 91.4
Aqua Iovia: see Aqua M arcia. km (Frontinus, A q. 1.7, 2.67).
In history it figures on coins of L. Marcius Philip-
Aqua Iulia: an aqueduct built by Agrippa in 33 B.C . pus (B . M. C oins, R om . R ep. 1 .4 8 5 -8 6 , nos. 3 8 9 0 -
and repaired by Augustus in 1 1 -4 B .C . (Frontinus, 95; Crawford 425). Nero outraged Rome by bathing
A q. 1.9, 2.125) and again in a . d . 14 (C1L 6 .31563c). in the springs of the M arcia (Tacitus, Ann. 14.22).
Its springs are about one-half mile above the Abbey Restorations were carried out by Titus (C IL
of Grottaferrata. The watermen supplemented this 6 .1 2 4 6 = IL S 98), Hadrian, Septimius Severus in a . d .
with water from the Aqua Crabra, the main supply 196 (C IL 6 .1 2 4 7 ), and Caracalla, who claimed to
of Tusculum (Frontinus, A q. 1.9). The length is given have cleared the springs, made new tunnels, and
as 1 5 ,426V2 paces, the intake as 1,206 quinariae added an additional spring, the Fons Antoninianus,
(Frontinus, A q. 1.9; 2 .6 9 ); it received 162 quinariae in 2 1 2 -1 3 (C IL 6 .1 2 4 5 = IL S 98).
of additional water from the Claudia and discharged Where it emerges from its underground channel,
190 quinariae of water into the Tepula (Frontinus, near the sixth milestone on the Via Latina, the M ar
Aq. 2.69). Several cippi of the aqueduct are known. cia was later joined by the Aqua Tepula and Aqua
A little beyond Le Capannelle, at the seventh mile Iulia, which were carried in channels above it run
stone of the Via Latina, it begins to run above ning on the same arches. This stacking is best seen
ground on the arches of the M arcia and goes to its where they have been sectioned where they pass
terminal castellum for distribution within the city. through the Aurelian Walls just northeast of Porta
But a branch ran to the splendid nymphaeum in Pi Maggiore. The aqueduct was used in the construc
azza Vittorio Emanuele commonly called the Trofei tion of the wall from here to Porta Tiburtina, beyond
di Mario or Cimbrum M arii, the sort of terminal which it passes underground to run to the terminal
water show with which many aqueducts finished. castellum inside Porta Collina, the Piscina Trium
Arches of this branch can be seen in Piazza Gu- Aquarum near the north corner of the Thermae Dio-
glielmo Pepe. cletianae. Augustan cippi for this stretch with the
Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 9, 18, 19; 2 .6 8 , 69, 76, 83, names of all three aqueducts are numerous (cf., e.g.,


C/L 6 .1 2 4 9 = 31 5 6 1 = IL S 57 4 6 ). It seems to have Aqua Pinciana: known only from an inscription on

served mainly the northern parts of the city, espe a lead pipe of the time of Valentinian (C/L 15.7259)
cially the Quirinal and Viminal hills, but was also found in Villa Verospi, just inside Porta Salaria, pre
extended to the Capitoline, probably by a siphon sumably not a separate water, but a pipe supplying
(Livy, E pit. 5 4 ; Frontinus, A q. 1.7). the Domus Pinciana (q.v.) with water from one of
The Rivus Herculaneus diverged from the main the aqueducts. Its discovery near Porta Salaria is puz
line of the Aqua M arcia post Hortos Pallantianos in zling, because one would have expected the Domus
side the city; that is, from the castellum now built Pinciana to be supplied by the Aqua Virgo.
into the fifth tower of the Aurelian Walls southeast
of Porta San Lorenzo. This channel ran along the Aqua Sallustiana: a modern name given the brook
brow of the Caelian, but too low to supply the hill that runs down the valley between the Quirinal and
itself with water, and emerged in a terminal castel the Mons Pincius (Collis Hortulorum), occupied in
lum above Porta Capena, presumably on the Caelian the Augustan period by the Horti Sallustiani (q.v.).
side of the valley (Frontinus, A q. 1.19). Here it sup It was found in the excavation made for the exten
plied water to a considerable and populous area, in sion of the house of Parliament (Montecitorio) in
cluding parts of Regiones I, XI, and XII. No one tells 1 9 0 7 -1 9 1 0 , flowing strong in an east/west direction
us when the Rivus Herculaneus was created, but in (StRom 1 [1913]: 4 - 5 [G. M ancini]), and can be
the general pattern of water distribution in Rome it presumed to have emptied into the Tiber between
might well be part of the original design. Later Tra Ponte Cavour and Ponte Umberto I, probably closer
jan took the M arcia a m p lo o p er e to the Aventine to the latter. It may well be the Spino or the Nodinus
(Frontinus, A q. 2 .8 7 ); presumably this was by si mentioned by Cicero (N at.D . 3.52). It certainly
phons. never joined the Petronia Amnis in the southern
Another branch must have been taken off the M ar Campus Martius, a notion that has distorted much
cia to supply the Baths of Caracalla when he restored of the thinking about the topography of this part of
the aqueduct and added the Fons Antoninianus to its Rome in the past.
supply (C/L 6 .1 2 4 5 = IL S 98). This must have been
taken off outside the city; PA suggests at the third Aqua Severiana: listed in the addenda to the N oti-
milestone of the Via Latina. It crossed the Via Appia tia and Polemius Silvius 5 4 5 , but neither the Anto-
by the Arco di Druso and continued to the reservoir niniana nor the Alexandrina, both of which are also
southwest of the baths. The supply of this Aqua An- listed, and otherwise unknown.
toniniana was augmented by Diocletian, and then it
took the name Forma Iovia, from his name. It is cited Aqua Tepula: the fourth aqueduct of Rome, origi
under that name in a variety of corruptions through nally constructed in 125 B .C . by the censors Cn. Ser-
the next several centuries. vilius Caepio and L. Cassius Longinus Ravilla. The
Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19; 2 .6 7 , springs were in the Ager Lucullanus, two miles to the
68, 72, 76, 81, 87, 89, 9 1 -3 , 125; Van Deman 6 7 - right of the Via Latina at the tenth milestone (Fron
146; Ashby 1935, 8 8 -1 5 8 ; Nash 1 .4 8 -5 0 ; AJA 87 tinus, A q. 1.8). Beginning in 33 B .C . with the work
(1983): 39 4 (H. B. Evans); CAR 3-G , 218 pp. 2 7 1 - of Agrippa, its water was mixed with that of the
72; Pace 1 2 5 -3 7 . Aqua Iulia, and thenceforward, as perhaps earlier, it
entered the city carried on the arches of the Aqua
Aqua M ercurii: described by Ovid (Fast. 5 .6 7 3 - M arcia. Frontinus (Aq. 2.68) measured its intake as
74) as near the Porta Capena. He does not specify beginning at the reservoir of the Iulia, 190 quinariae;
whether a spring or a stream is meant, and no one thereafter it drew 92 quinariae from the M arcia and
else mentions it. Merchants fetch lustral water from 163 from the Anio Novus at the Horti Epaphroditi-
it for their goods and themselves, so the god may ani, to make a total of 4 4 5 . It took its name from the
condone their dishonesty. If this is not identical with relative warmth and unpalatability of its water, and
the Fons Camenarum, which is certainly unlikely, be until the time of Agrippa, who improved its quality,
cause that was always used for the chastest purposes, tended to be despised.
then perhaps the terminal fountain of the Rivus Her Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 8, 9, 18, 19; 2 .6 7 -6 9 , 82, 125;
culaneus of the Aqua M arcia was the object of a pun. Van Deman 1475 6 ; Ashby 1935, 1 5 9 -6 0 (and
There might also have been a play on the name M ur 1 2 8 -5 8 ); CAR 3-G , 218 p. 2 7 2 ; Pace 1 3 8 -3 9 .
cia, the valley of the Circus Maximus being named
Vallis M urcia, if Murcia was a water divinity, Aqua Traiana: the last of the great aqueducts of
as seems likely. But it seems unlikely that there Rome, built by Trajan. It drew its water from abun
was a separate spring dedicated exclusively to M er dant springs at the northwest point of the Lacus Sa-
cury. batinus (Lago di Bracciano) and entered the city at


Porta Aurelia, on the crest of the Janiculum. Much Quilici); Pace 1 4 4 - 4 6 ; J. Pmto, T he Trevi Fountain
of the ancient channel has been destroyed or con (New Haven, Conn. 1986).
fused by the rebuilding of this aqueduct by Pope Paul
V in 1605 (Acqua Paola). A large castellum of this Aquaeductium (Fig. 3 ): an area at the end of the
water, from which many lead pipes radiated, was Caelian branch of Aqua Claudia, so named on the
found in Vigna Lais on the Via Aurelia (C IL Marble Plan (FUR pi. 16; Rodriguez pi. 2). Here a
1 5 .7 3 6 9 -7 3 ). The channel within the city was dis street runs along the east side of the aqueduct, while
covered during the excavation for the construction to the west is a large irregular area into which pro
of the American Academy (M AAR 1 [1917]: 5 9 -6 1 jects a series of at least fifteen parallel walls of very
[A. W. Van Buren and G. P. Stevens]). It ran grain irregular lengths perpendicular to the aqueduct and
mills just below this on the Janiculum and delivered evidently abutting on it. They are not shops, but
water to every quarter of the city. It was cut by Vi- might conceivably be storage chambers or stables,
tiges in the siege of Rome in 5 3 7 (Procopius, Bell- because they open on what seems to be a walled
G oth 5.1 9 .1 3 ) and repaired by Belisarius (C IL yard. The remains of the aqueduct piers show
1 1.3298). that here they were built into already existing build
Van Deman 3 3 1 - 4 0 ; Ashby 1935, 2 9 9 -3 0 7 ; ings.
Nash 1 .5 2 -5 4 .
Aqueduct: see Aqua.
Aqua Virgo: an aqueduct built by Agrippa and
completed on 9 June 19 B .C . (Frontinus, A q. 1.10), Aquilenses: found only in the edict of Tarracius
the only one entering Rome from the north. The Bassus of the late fourth century, C IL 6 .3 1 8 9 3 = ILS
springs were located at the eighth mile of the Via 6 0 7 2 ; evidently those who lived in Vicus Longi
Collatina, two miles to the left of the Via Praenes- Aquilae, a district in Regio X IV listed on the Capi-
tina, in agro L u cu llan o. It received its name from a toline Base (C IL 6 .9 7 5 .b 2 6 = IL S 6073).
young girls having shown the springs to soldiers
hunting water, an incident commemorated by a pic A ra: Altars, both in conjunction with temples and
ture in a shrine there (Frontinus, A q. 1.10). Fron as independent dedications, are a feature of Roman
tinus calculated its length as 14,105 paces, 1,240 of religion from the earliest times. In fact, the indepen
these being above ground, 7 0 0 on arches; its volume dent altar seems to have been the commonest expres
at intake was 2 ,5 0 4 quinariae (Frontinus, A q. 1.10; sion of piety in the early period, and it does not seem
2.84). It was the lowest of all aqueducts, except for to have been necessary to inaugurate a templum be
the Appia and the Alsietina, but supplied the crucial fore dedicating an altar, although we presume that
zones of the Collis Hortulorum (Pincian) and Cam was regularly done if the altar was to be permanent.
pus Martius, as well as the Thermae Agrippae. It was The earliest altar in Rome is supposed to be the Ara
admired for its tactile quality and considered espe M axim a Herculis Invicti between the Circus M axi
cially suited to bathing (Pliny, H N 31 .4 2 ). In Fron- mus and the Porta Trigmina. Unfortunately, we do
tinuss day it was without a piscina (Aq. 1.22), but it not know the form it took, and no positive trace of
later acquired one in the Horti Lucullani. From the it has been found. N or do we know about the altars
Horti Lucullani it ran on arches, the arch in the mod dedicated by Titus Tatius, of which Varro (Ling.
ern Via del Nazzareno being the one by which it 5.74) gives a list: to Ops, Flora, Vediovis and Saturn,
crossed a side street. The arch by which it crossed Sol, Luna, Vulcan and Summanus, Larunda, Termi
the Via Lata was rebuilt as a triumphal arch to Clau nus, Quirinus, Vertumnus, the Lares, Diana and Lu-
dius (see Arcus Claudii [2]). It ran generally south cina. The earliest altars we have are not extremely
from the end of the Pincian to Piazza Trevi, then west old; they are the U-shaped altars of which bases sur
to skirt the north end of the Saepta Iulia, where vive in front of the temples of Fortuna and Mater
it had its castellum (Fig. 18). It was repaired by M atuta in the Area Sacra di SantOmobono and
Claudius in 46 after damage caused by Caligula (C IL under the Niger Lapis. At such altars the officiating
6 .1 2 5 2 = IL S 2 0 5 , and cf. C IL 6 .1 2 5 3 -5 4 , 3 1 5 6 5 , priest stood at the space between the arms of the U,
IL S 5747) and again by Constantine (C IL so that his altar in some sense enclosed him. A row
6 .3 1 5 6 4 = IL S 702). It was repeatedly repaired dur of thirteen such altars came to light recently at Lavi-
ing the Middle Ages and early Renaissance and is in nium (F. Castagnoli et al., L avinium II, le tredici are
use today, its termination being marked by the Fon [Rome 1 975]); these run in their original construc
tana di Trevi of Niccolo Salvi (1744). tion from the mid-sixth century B.C . to the mid
Frontinus, A q. 1.4, 10, 18, 2 2 ; 2 .7 0 , 8 4 ; Van De fourth, after which some were reworked. The sanc
man 1 6 7 -7 8 ; Ashby 1935, 1 6 7 -8 2 ; CAR 2-A, 2 p. tuary remained in operation at least through the
11; Nash 1 .5 5 -5 6 ; Q ITA 5 (1968): 1 2 5 -6 0 (L. second century. The altars of SantOmobono are be


lieved to be early fourth century in date. Because the a restoration of an older altar, this time in lava, bears
material under the Niger Lapis was gathered to a consular date of 9 B.C . (A. E. Gordon, Illustrated
gether as a deposit in the fourth century, that one In trodu ction to L atin E pigraphy [Berkeley 1983],
must be older, although the character of the molding no. 27). So the form continued to be used even under
will not allow a very early date. This form of altar the empire, though there are few examples of it.
continued to be used until the mid-second century, Beginning in the time of Augustus a roughly cubical
as the Capitolium of Cosa shows, and in some sense or vertically rectangular form of altar seems to have
the form of the altar of the Ara Pacis Augustae con become prevalent, especially an altar with a sculp
tinues that tradition. tured front, or even decorated on all sides, and a pul
The rectangular altar regularly set on axis with its vinate crown. One sees these especially as funerary
temple, when there is one, with its short end toward monuments, and they persist late into the em
the temple, comes in sometime in the Hellenistic pe pire.
riod, but probably not before the First Punic War in Here we may note the Ara Pacis Augustae, but
Rome. It can be of great size and high, but is usually only with the warning that it is, so far as we know,
not, because that made working at it very difficult. unique, a particular solution to a demanding prob
Usually it does not much exceed waist height and is lem. It owes something to the great altars of Perga-
proportioned to this with a squarish end and the mum and Priene; it also owes something to the Par
principal face about twice as long as it is high. A thenon frieze and perhaps a little to the Altar of Pity
good example of such an altar is that in peperino of in the agora of Athens. But it is of a very innovative
A. Postumius Albinus in front of Temple C in the design, in part harking back to the ancient U-shaped
Area Sacra di Largo Argentina. This is referred by altars of early Rome, in part breaking new ground as
Marchetti Longhi with some hesitation to the consul a ianus embellished with enigmatic reliefs. It should
of 180 B .C .; he would prefer an earlier date. But the be noted that it did not initiate a new type of mon
excellent letter forms are not encouraging about this, ument and apparently was never meant to. In fact, it
and the freshness of the altar when it was buried fol defied copying.
lowing the construction of Temple B, which is dated Finally it should be observed that round altars are
about 100 B .C ., suggests, if anything, a later date. very rare in Rome, almost non-existent. Certainly
The same altar form embellished with a Doric frieze round altars existed, but it is questionable whether
at small scale just under the crown is used for the any altar connected with a temple was ever round.
sarcophagus of L. Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, the The round base in front of the Temple of Apollo
date of which is debated but is usually put sometime Medicus (Sosianus), once thought to be its altar, is
in the third century (IL L R P 2 1 0 ; Nash 2.355). He now considered more probably a tholus; the so-
died sometime after 2 8 0 . Its letter forms are less re called altar of Julius Caesar in a niche in the podium
fined. This form of altar seems to have been very in front of the Temple of Divus Iulius is unlikely to
popular until the time of Augustus; the altar of the be that and certainly not the altar of the temple. A
Temple of Apollo in Pompeii, which is generally con round altar is shown in a sacrifice scene on coins of
sidered Augustan, has this form. Julia Domna inscribed v e s t a m a t e r (B. M. Coins,
A small wasp-waisted or hourglass-shaped altar, R om . E m p. 5 .3 1 4 no. 716) and another on coins of
usually low and with a square top surface, seems to Septimius Severus, again in a scene of sacrifice, this
have come into use about the time of the Second time inscribed s a c r a s a e c v l a r i a (B. M. Coins,
Punic War. An altar of Verminus in this form in pep R om . E m p. 5 .3 2 5 no. 810), but the Temple of Vesta
erino was found in the Agger near Porta Collina in did not have an altar, only a hearth, so the former
1876 (Nash 2 .5 0 0 ). It bears an inscription recording must be an altar brought in for the occasion, and at
that it is a restoration by the same A. Postumius Al the Ludi Saeculares sacrifice seems to have been of
binus who restored the altar of Largo Argentina dis fered not on the altar of Dis and Proserpina, but on
cussed above and according to the same law. The let altars erected especially for the occasion. We do not
ter forms are also in agreement (IL L R P 281). A have many altars surviving from antiquity other than
similar altar in travertine dedicated by C. Sextius funerary altars. Doubtless the work of iconoclastic
Calvinus to the unknown god was found in 1829 at early Christians is largely responsible for that. But
the west corner of the Palatine (IL L R P 29 1 ); De- the absence of round altars in Rome is so complete
grassi considered the dedicator likely to be the son of that it will bear thinking about.
the consul of 124 B .C . This certainly is of a more
sophisticated shape than the altar of Verminus, rec Ara Calvini: a small altar of archaic hourglass form
tangular rather than square, and with a pulvinate in travertine, found in 1829 below the west corner
crown, and the use of travertine argues for a rela of the Palatine (near SantAnastasia), inscribed s e i
tively late date. Yet a third altar of this shape, again, d e o s e i d e i v a i s a c , with the information that it was


a restoration by the praetor C. Sextius Calvinus Ara Pacis Augustae; see Pax Augusta, Ara.
voted by the senate. The letter forms are republican,
and it is usually dated ca. 92 B .C . (C IL 6 .1 1 0 and Ara Pietatis Augustae: see Pietas Augusta, Ara.
30701 = IL S 4 0 1 5 ; IL L R P 2 9 1 ; Lugli 1946, 4 0 1 -3 ;
Broughton M R R 2.18). It is now in the Antiquario Ara Saturni: see Saturnus, Ara.
Arbor Sancta: listed in the regionary catalogues in
Ara Dei Ignoti: see A ra Calvini. Regio II. The relief of the divinities of the Caelian in
the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Helbig4 2.1 8 0 6 ) shows
Ara Ditis: see Dis Pater et Proserpina, Ara. the Genius Caelimontis as a bearded figure, half
nude, seated on an irregular rocky hill, embracing
Ara Domitii Ahenobarbi: see Neptunus, Aedes. the trunk of a tree with his left arm. The trees trunk
is curiously twisted; to judge from its leaf, it might
Ara Gentis Iuliae: see Gens Iulia, Ara. be a laurel. That the tree was sancta, rather than
sacra, implies that it was not associated with a cult
Ara M arm orea: known only from two inscriptions but protected for some other reason, such as its odd
found near Porta Capena (C IL 6 .9 4 0 3 = IL S 7713, ness. There is no more precise indication of where it
C IL 6 .1 0 0 2 0 and IG U R 1342); it is clear from these grew.
that it was a place designation.
Arco di Camigliano: see Isis, Aedes (1).
Ara M artis: see M ars, Ara.
Arco della Ciambella: see Therm ae Agrippae.
Ara M axim a Herculis: see Herculis Invicti, Ara
M axim a. Arco di Druso: see Arcus Traiani, Divi.

Arae Incendii Neronis: altars erected by Domitian Arco di Latrone: see Basilica Constantini.
in fulfillment of a vow made after the fire of Nero
incendiorum arcen doru m causa (C IL 6 .8 2 6 , 30 8 3 7 - Arco dei Pantani: see Forum Augustum.
= 1LS 4 9 1 4 ). They probably stood along the limit of
the area devastated. The inscriptions of three exist in Arco di Portogallo: a late antique arch spanning
copies. One is recorded as having been used as build Via Lata (Via Flaminia) just south of the Ara Pacis
ing material for the basilica of S. Pietro in the six Augustae, often called Arcus Hadriani because of
teenth century. One was found in 1618 on the south two reliefs that adorned its north face, now in the
west side of the Circus Maximus at the foot of the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Helbig4 2 .1 4 4 7 , 1800). It
Aventine, where there were also some remains of was demolished in 1662 by Alexander VII in order
steps and cippi. This, too, was used as building ma to widen the Via del Corso, but a plaque on the east
terial for S. Pietro. The third was discovered in 1889 side of the street just south of Via della Vite marks
on the Quirinal and is under Via del Quirinale no. its location. It got its name from the residence of the
30, just southwest of the church of S. Andrea al Portuguese ambassador in Palazzo Fiano in the six
Quirinale (Fig. 72). It stood on the southeast side of teenth century; earlier it was called Arcus Octaviani.
Alta Semita (q.v.) in a large area sunk three steps It was certainly a very late construction, as is
below the level of the street, paved with travertine shown by the high level of its foundations, only 2.36
and marked off by travertine cippi, which are set m below the level of the Via del Corso, as well as by
close to the lowest step at intervals of 2.50 m. its architectural character. It was a single-fornix
The altar itself is a travertine box, originally faced arch, the masonry perhaps lightly rusticated up to
with marble of which little remains, set 2.75 m back the springing of the arch, adorned on either side with
from the cippi and mounted on a base of two steps. pairs of columns of verde antico on bases of a single
It is a long rectangle, 6.25 m deep. 3.25 m wide, and torus above complicated bowed plinths, the capitals
1.26 m high, lacking its crown. composite, carrying an entablature decorated with a
Annual sacrifice was decreed on these altars on the frieze of acanthus scrolls that broke out forward
Volcanalia, 23 August. A number of other divinities over the columns. Between the pairs of columns on
received sacrifice on that day, notably the nymphs in the north face, at the height of the spandrels, a pair
the Campus Martius and Quirinus in colie. The offi of large reliefs was let into the wall. These are now
ciating priest was the praetor cut h a ec regio sorti ob - in the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Helbig4 2 .1 4 4 7 ,
venerit. 1800). They show the apotheosis of a woman borne
Degrassi 5 0 0 ; Nash 1.6062. aloft by a winged female figure and an allocu tio (ad


dress) to which a Genius figure attends. They are Punic War were still commemorated with columns.
generally supposed to be Hadrianic but are so heav But the quadriga driven by Jupiter that served as the
ily restored that one cannot be certain, but some of central acroterion of the Temple of Iuppiter Optimus
the male heads were certainly bearded. They cer Maximus was a creation of the late sixth century,
tainly do not belong on a triumphal arch. The arch and it seems quite likely that a combination of such
must be regarded as a pastiche of the fourth or fifth a group with the Porta Triumphalis to make a suit
century, using material from older buildings. able memorial would have suggested itself easily. The
The arch is shown before demolition in important main question, where to locate such a permanent
drawings of Dosio, before 1569 (Nash 1: fig. 86), memorial, must have been more difficult, for while
Alo Giovannoli, 1615 (PA pi. 2), and R. Schenck, one can imagine that a temporary embellishment of
before 1705 (Nash 1: fig. 85), among others. the Porta Triumphalis in this way occurred early, it
B u llC om 73 (1 9 4 9 -5 0 ): 1 0 1 -2 2 (S. Stucchi); could never have been thought of as anything but
Nash 1 .8 3 -8 7 ; E. La Rocca, R ilievi storici capitolin i temporary. While there must have been numerous
(Rome 19 8 6 ); Boatwright 2 2 6 -2 9 . entrances to sacred precincts that might have lent
themselves to development in the way that Stertinius
A rcus, F o r n ix , Ia n u s: Pliny (H N 34.27) says that seems to have employed those of Fortuna and Mater
the arch was used, like the column, to lift the statues M atuta, it is not easy to see how and when that step
mounted on it above other mortals, that is, that as was taken. If Stertiniuss arches were the first me
an architectural form it was essentially a base for the morial arches in Rome, they seem to have avoided
statuary it carried. We may doubt this, however, be being overtly triumphal. All that Livy says is that
cause its character as a passageway and/or entrance they were surmounted by gilded statues; there is no
must always have been strongly felt, and it must mention or suggestion of a chariot. The arch that Sci-
originally have found favor principally as a memo pio Africanus built in 190 B .C . (Livy 37.3.7) in Capi-
rial for a triumph. Only in a triumph could a victo tolio adversus viam qu a in C apitoliu m escenditur
rious general cross the pomerium of the city without was adorned with seven gilded statues and two
first surrendering his im perium , and in the republi horses; again there is no mention of a chariot. But
can period the line of the Servian Walls was regarded the location of this arch in proximity to the Clivus
as the pomerium. Capitolinus, but evidently neither spanning this nor
The earliest arches that we hear of are those of a gateway to the Area Capitolina, but rather facing
Stertinius of 196 B .C . (Livy 3 3 .2 7 .4 ), but there may the Clivus Capitolinus at a right angle to the Area
perhaps have been earlier examples. The use of Capitolina, must have been chosen to suggest a close
sculptures and of apotropaic devices around city connection with the triumph. Thereafter, down to
gates is presumably as old, or nearly as old, as stone the time of Augustus, the arches that we hear of
fortifications themselves. The Lion Gate of Mycenae either spanned the route followed by the triumphal
belongs to the Late Bronze Age, and the gates of Hat- procession (Fornix Fabianus, Arcus Tiberii) or were
tusa in Asia M inor to the beginning of the fourteenth not triumphal but commemorative (Arcus Drusi).
century B .C . In Italy the fortifications of Falerii Novi The erection of arches to Drusus and Germanicus
are to be dated shortly after the deduction of the flanking the Temple of Mars Ultor in the Forum Au-
Latin colony there in 241 B .C ., and the Porta dell gustum in a . d . 19 seems to mark a new departure,
Arco of Volterra is probably still older. Two of Ster- and thereafter an arch might be erected almost any
tiniuss arches seem to have stood as entrances to the where, although proximity to the route of the
precincts of Fortuna and M ater M atuta in the Forum triumph seems always to have been an important
Boarium, and because propylaea have a very long consideration.
history, we can with some confidence see these as There seems to be no real distinction made be
simply a variation on the concept of the city gate. tween an arcus and a forn ix. The terms are often
Probably city gates were everywhere always decked used interchangeably, although fornix seems always
with garlands and banners to welcome the return of to have carried some suggestion of being an en
a successful army, and the idea of putting a crowning trance, while an arcus was rather a monument. The
array of appropriate trophies atop the entrance came distinction between single and triple arches also
early. But these would have been temporary embel seems to have been entirely functional. While most
lishments, dismantled once the celebration was over, republican arches were single, the Porta Trigemina of
and the idea of isolating the gate and erecting it the Servian Walls must have been triple from the time
where it would be a permanent memorial crowned of its construction in the first half of the fourth cen
with a statuary group of the triumphator in his car tury, while the Arcus Gallieni is an Augustan rebuild
may not have come before the end of the Second ing of the Porta Esquilina as a triple arch, and the
Punic War. Duiliuss great naval victories in the First Augustan Arco di Augusto at Fano (Fanum For-


tunae) is also triple. The single-arched triumphal identification, while highly probable, is not entirely
arch may allude to the Porta Trmmphalis, but at above question. Modern topographers tend to put it
Cosa in central Etruria the main entrance to the at the end of the Pons Neronianus, but for this there
forum is a freestanding triple arch that may have is no real warrant.
been triumphal and is considered to date from the
second quarter of the second century B.C . Arcus Argentariorum : see Arcus Septimii
Cicero says (Nat. D. 2.67 ): transitiones perv iae Severi (in Foro Boario).
. . . iani nom inantur. A ianus is therefore distin
guished from an arcus and a fornix by being double, Arcus Augusti: an arch erected to Augustus in 19
a door at either end of a short passage. These doors B .C . to celebrate the return of the standards of Cras-
might be either arched or post-and-lintel. The Ianus sus captured by the Parthians at Carrhae (Cass. Dio
Geminus of the Forum Romanum must have had 5 1 .1 9 .1 ; 5 4 .8 .3 ). It is explicitly stated that this stood
post-and-lintel doors at least down to the early em iuxta aed em D ivi lu lii (Schol. Veron. a d Verg. Aen.
pire, but is shown on coins of Nero (B. M. Coins, 7.6 06 ), and on the southwest side of the temple foot
R om . E m p. 1 .2 2 9 -3 1 nos. 1 5 6 -6 7 ) with segmental ings for a triple arch have come to light (Fig. 48).
arches over its doors. A number of Etruscan ash urns This has been reconstructed by R. Gamberini
also show this form with arched doors, and the arch Mongenet using fragments of architecture found in
as a recognized tomb form must also be regarded as the vicinity and in conformance with coins of Augus
essentially a ianus. On the other hand, the ianiform tus showing a triple arch of an unusual type, a lofty
enclosure of the Ara Pacis Augustae has simple post- central arch with an inscribed attic surmounted by a
and-lintel doors. Another form of ianus, exemplified quadriga flanked by lower post-and-lintel fornices to
by the Ianus Quadrifrons of the Forum Boarium, is either side that are supported on columns and sur
a quadrifrontal arch. This was probably the form of mounted by triangular gables crowned by figures of
the ianus of the Forum Nervae (Transitorium) and barbarians offering standards to the triumphator (B.
turns up with surprising frequency elsewhere in the M. C oins, R om . R ep. 2 .5 0 nos. 4 4 7 7 -7 8 ; see also
Roman world, while the simpler ianus is extremely Nash 1 .9 2 -1 0 1 ). Other coins showing more conven
uncommon. tional arches may allude to arches erected to Augus
tus elsewhere (B. M. C oins, R om . R ep. 2.551 no.
Arcus Arcadii, H onorii et Theodosii: an arch 3 1 0 ; B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1 .7 3 -7 4 Aug. nos.
erected by the senate after the victory of Stilicho at 4 2 7 -2 9 ).
Pollentia in a . d . 405 (C IL 6 .1 1 96 = IL S 798) to com If the architectural fragments assigned to this arch
memorate the victories of the three emperors over are correctly assigned, it was very elaborately deco
the Goths, often confused with the Arcus Gratiani, rated, the Doric capitals having the echinus carved
Valentiniani et Theodosii nearby. One arch stood with an egg molding, and the modillions treated as
under the campanile of the church of S. Celso, the massed guttae. The Fasti Capitolini Consulares et
other by SantOrso, or Urso. S. Celso is in the Via Triumphales were inscribed on the reveals of this
dei Banchi Vecchi, not far from the Ponte Sant arch and not on the Regia, as had been earlier sup
Angelo (HCh 2 3 7 .1 7 ); SantOrso was destroyed in posed. See Degrassi, Inscript. Ital. 1 3 .1 .1 -1 4 2 , espe
1526 to make space for an oratorio of S. Giovanni cially 1 7 -1 9 and pis. 8 -1 0 .
dei Fiorentini, which was in turn destroyed in 1886 R om M itt 85 (1978): 3 7 1 -8 4 (H.-W. Ritter); K ai
for the creation of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele ser Augustus un d die v erloren e R ep u blik (show cat
(HCh 5 0 1 -2 ). The arch in question may have alogue, Berlin 1988, Mainz 1988), 2 2 4 - 3 9 (E. Ned-
spanned the street through the Campus Martius ergaard); JR A 2 (1989): 1 9 8 -2 0 0 (F. Kleiner).
leading to the Pons Neronianus. The M irabilia (Jor
dan 2 .6 0 8 ; V Z 3.18) lists both, describing that at S. Arcus M . Aurelii: an arch in C ap itolio decreed by
Celso as Arcus Aureus Alexandri, and that at the senate in a . d . 176 to celebrate M arcuss victories
SantOrso as Theodosii et Valentiniani et Gratiani over the Germans and Sarmatians. The inscription
Imperatorum. The Anonymous Magliabechianus of was included in the Einsiedeln sylloge (C IL
1 4 1 0 -1 4 1 5 (Urlichs 153; V Z 4.1 1 7 ) says that the 6 .1 0 1 4 = IL S 37 4 ), which is the only record of this.
arch by S. Celso had collapsed in the time of Pope Its location is quite uncertain. It has been supposed
Urban V, whereas that at SantOrso remained whole to be the arcus panis au rei of the M irabilia (Jordan
but was not of marble and lacked its inscription. The 2 .6 1 0 ; V Z 3.19) and the arcus argentariorum of a
inscription preserved in the Einsiedeln sylloge says forged bull of Pope John III ( a . d . 5 6 0 57 3 ), but
the Arch of Arcadius, Honorius, and Theodosius without real reason (Jordan 2.6 69 ). Reliefs in the
was decorated with their statues and trophies. The Palazzo dei Conservatori (Helbig4 2.1 4 4 4 ) or others
location of the arch is quite uncertain, and even its reused on the attic of the Arcus Constantini (q.v.)


may have come from this arch (I. S. Ryberg, Panel R. Laubscher); R m M itt 90 (1983): 1 0 3 -9 (G.
R eliefs o f M arcus A urelius [New York 1967], espe Koeppel).
cially 8 4 -8 9 ) .
R m M itt 91 (1984): 1 4 0 -2 0 5 (E. Angelicoussis). Arcus Claudii (3): A number of coins of Claudius
show a triumphal arch with an inscription d e Ger-
Arcus Aureus Alexandri: see Arcus Arcadii, m anis, or the like, celebrating the victories of Clau
Honorii et Theodosii. diuss generals over the Cauchi and Chatti (Cass. Dio
6 0 .8 .7 ; B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1 Claudius nos. 2,
Arcus Iohannis Basilii or Basilidis: the medieval 36, 95103, 1212 3 , 18791). If such an arch was
name of the travertine arch by which the Aqua Clau ever constructed, it seems not to have been in Rome.
dia crossed the Via M aior (LPD 2 .3 4 5 ), leading from H.-M . von Kaenel, M nzprgung und M nzbild
the Colosseum to the Lateran. It stood roughly mid nis d es Claudius (Berlin 1986), 2 3 6 39.
way between the basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano
and SS. Quattro Coronati. It was demolished in Arcus Constantini (Figs. 3, 16, 9 0 ): an arch erec
1604 to make space for the Via di S. Giovanni but is ted by the senate to Constantine in a . d . 315/316
clearly shown on the map of Du Perac and Latrari of (C IL 6 .1 1 39 = IL S 69 4 ); it was especially in honor
1577. It got its name from the basilica of S. Giovanni of his victory over Maxentius, as the inscription at
and may once have served as an entrance to the Lat tests, but celebrated his decennalia as well. There is
eran enclave. It was also sometimes called Arcus For- no mention of it in the few literary sources we have
mae in recognition of its function. for the period. It is a triple arch at the north end of
HJ 2 4 2 ; LS 4 .1 3 4 ; LA 154. the street between the Palatine and Caelian hills on
the triumphal route between the Circus Maximus
Arcus Caelimontani: see Arcus Neroniani. and the Forum Romanum, just before the ascent to
the Summa Sacra Via. The passageways and sur
/ Arcus Claudii (1): the travertine arch, in part rus rounding area are paved with travertine; the arch is
ticated, by which the Aqua Virgo crossed one of the of white marble with the addition of much colored
side streets east of Via Lata, rebuilt in monumental marble, the eight Corinthian columns flanking the
form by Claudius in a . d . 4 6 (C IL 6 .1 2 5 2 = ILS 205). archways being of giallo antico, the captives in front
It is still standing at Via del Nazzareno no. 14. of the attic of pavonazzetto, the tondi set in a field
H J 4 5 7 ; Nash 1: fig. 52. of porphyry, and the main cornice having a band of
porphyry. Overall it measures 2 5 .7 0 m wide, 21 m
Arcus Claudii (2): a triumphal arch voted by the high, and 7 .4 0 m deep. There is no indication of
senate to Claudius in a . d . 51/52 in commemoration what the program of the crowning sculptures might
of the conquest of Britain (Cass. Dio 60 .2 2 .1 ). In have been.
scriptions found in the neighborhood of Palazzo The decorative sculptures of the arch itself are of
Sciarra belonging to such an arch indicate that this many periods, for the most part taken from other
was a monumental rebuilding of the arch by which buildings. The reliefs of the bases of the columns are
the Aqua Virgo crossed Via Lata (C IL 6 .9 2 0 Constantinian and show Victorias, legionary sol
23 = 3 1 2 0 3 - 4 = IL S 2 1 6 , 222) and that many mem diers, and captive barbarians. So are the medallions
bers of the imperial household were honored by stat on the ends of the arch with reliefs of the sun and the
ues on the arch. Fragments of reliefs showing scenes moon. And around the arch just above the side
of combat, a temple, and Vestal Virgins have also arches runs a narrow frieze with episodes of the life
been found in the same context (N Sc 1925, 2 3 0 33 of Constantine exemplifying his glory and his vir
[G. M ancini]; R endP ontA cc 11 [1935]: 4 1 -6 1 [A. tues. These begin on the west end and run counter
M . Colini]). Some of these clearly belong with others clockwise: profectio, obsidio, proelium, ingressus,
in the Villa Medici obtained from the Capranica oratio, and liberalitas. The Victorias and river gods
della Valle collection. These were long believed to filling the spandrels are also Constantinian.
belong to the Ara Pietatis Augustae (see Pietas Au The other reliefs are two in the reveals of the cen
gusta, Ara) but are now seen as panels from the Arch tral arch and two at the ends of the attic showing
of Claudius. The program of the arch would seem to battles between Romans and Dacians, joining frag
have included representation of the British campaign ments of a frieze believed to come from the Forum
and the victory celebration following it and is the Traiani (A rcbC l 41 [1989]: 2 6 4 - 8 3 [S. Stucchi]),
earliest such program of panel reliefs to come down eight medallions set in pairs over the side arches
to us. showing hunting and sacrifice scenes, now generally
Nash 1 .7 4 -7 8 , 1 0 2 -3 ; N A kG 1976: 6 4 -1 0 8 (H. referred to the period of Hadrian but of quite uncer


tain original setting, and eight rectangular panels in on Domitianic coins (B . M. C oins, R om . E m p. 2 pis.
the attic apparently belonging to the same series as 7 1 .6 , 81.1).
three in the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Helbig4 Coarelli 1988, 3 6 3 -4 1 4 .
2.1 4 44) coming from an arch erected in a . d . 176 to
celebrate the victories of Marcus Aurelius over the Arcus Drusi (1): a marble arch on the Via Appia
Germans and Sarmatians. In all these reliefs, heads erected by the senate after 9 B.C . in memory of Dru-
of Constantine and Licinius have been substituted sus the Elder (Suetonius, Claud. 3). It was adorned
for those of the principal figures, but there is little with trophies. If it gave its name to the Vicus Drusi-
alteration otherwise. The Dacian captives in front anus of Regio I, it may have stood near the junction
of the attic are believed to come from the of Via Appia and Via Latina, and the Via della Fer-
Forum Traiani; their heads are modern, a repair of ratella, which overlies an ancient road, may give the
1732. line of the Vicus Drusianus, but this is all very doubt
The arch has been much studied from many points ful. The Einsiedeln itinerary (10) lists an Arcus Re-
of view. The best publication of it is that of H. P. cordationis near the Baths of Caracalla, which might
LOrange and A. von Gerkan, D er sp atan tike be the Arcus Drusi (see Jordan 2.660).
B ild scbm u ck des K on stan tin sbogen (Berlin 1939); F. S. Kleiner, T h e A rch o f N ero in R o m e (Rome
see also Nash 1 .1 0 4 12. 1985): 3 3 -3 4 .

Arcus Divi Constantini: see Ianus Quadrifrons Arcus Drusi (2): an arch decreed by the senate for
Drusus the Younger after his death in a . d . 23 (Taci
( 1 ).
tus, Ann. 4 .9 ; cf. 2.8 3 ). If this was ever built, we
Arcus Diocletiani: see Arcus Novus. have no idea where it was located.

Arcus Dolabellae et Silani: an unadorned arch of Arcus Drusi et Germanici: a pair of arches erected
travertine built in a . d . 10 by the consuls P. Cornelius in a . d . 19 on either side of the Temple of Mars Ultor
Dolabella and C. Iunius Silanus (C IL 6.1384) ex S.C. in the Forum Augustum (Fig. 36). They closed the
It stands over the modern Via di S. Paolo della Croce, end of the forum below the ascent to the Subura and
on the line of the ancient Clivus Scauri, and must were surmounted by statues of those honored (Taci
have been a rebuilding of one of the gates of the Ser tus, Ann. 2 .6 4 ; cf. C IL 6 .9 1 1 , 912 = 3 1 1 9 9 , 31200).
vian Walls, Porta Querquetulana (or Querquetu- Scant remains of these were found in the excavation
laria) or Porta Caelimontana, more likely the latter, of the forum.
although no road of importance seems to have left
by this gate. Nero made use of the arch in his exten Arcus Duo: on the Capitoline, known from a mili
sion of the Aqua Claudia to the Caelian, taking the tary diploma that specifies its location intro euntibus
aqueduct across on it in the final stretch (see Arcus a d sinistram in m u ro inter d u os arcus (C IL 16.20).
Neroniani). The diploma is dated to a . d . 74. Presumably en
Nash 1.113. trance to the Area Capitolina is meant, but the
arches cannot be identified.
Arcus Domitiani: O f the multiple arches erected by
Domitian to his own glory and for the most part Arcus Gallieni: an arch faced with travertine re
pulled down after his damnatio memoriae (Sueton placing the Porta Esquilina where the Clivus Subur-
ius, D om . 13; Cass. Dio 68 .1 .1 ), the only ones that anus passed through the Servian Walls in modern Via
seem to have left some permanent record are one on di S. Vito. The architrave bears a dedication by M.
the Clivus Palatinus, of which the footings survive Aurelius Victor to Gallienus and Salonina (C IL
(B ullC om 91.2 [1986]: 5 2 2 -2 5 [A. Cassatella]) and 6 .1 1 0 6 = IL S 54 8 ), but, as has been pointed out, the
his rebuilding of the Porta Carmentalis/Scelerata/ architecture and construction militate against the
Triumphalis (q.v.). This he crowned with a pair of archs having been built at this time. The central arch
quadrigas drawn by elephants, he himself being the is proportioned to inscription of a full circle in its
charioteer (Martial 8.65). Although his statue must opening, and the design and sobriety of the moldings
have been removed after his death, at least one of the suggest an early imperial date. The arch was origi
quadrigae remained and is shown on the profectio nally a triple-fornix arch, the side arches being nar
panel of Marcus Aurelius on the Arch of Constantine rower and lower than the central one, with unfluted
(LOrange and von Gerkan, pi. 4 7 .B; I. S. Ryberg, pilasters and simplified Corinthian capitals framing
Panel R eliefs o f M arcus Aurelius [New York 1967], each opening. The architraves were narrow, the
pis. 22, 26). The gate with both quadrigas appears frieze over the central fornix was deep, and the cor


nice was simple. Above the cornice nothing survives. cation for a statue group commemorating Augustus.
The central arch is at present 7 .1 6 m wide, 8.80 m Because Eugenio La Rocca has recently convincingly
high, and 3.38 m deep. Gatti calculated the side demonstrated that the passage between the Temple
arches to have been 3.45 m wide, 5.53 m high, and of Apollo Medicus and the Theatrum Marcelli was
2.28 m deep. far too narrow to have permitted the triumphal pro
Apparently Aurelius Victor embellished the attic cession to pass and that instead it must have gone
with a program of statuary honoring Gallienus and through the parodoi of the theater to reach the Porta
his house and added an ornamental frieze in metal, Triumphalis, this would make an appropriate loca
the clamp holes for securing this being still visible. tion for the arch of Germanicus.
The proportions of the arch suggest that there never A rchC l 36 (1984): 3 2 9 - 3 2 (F. Castagnoli).
was an attic.
L u rbe 2 (1937): 4 .1 6 - 2 6 (G. Lugli); Nash 1.115 Arcus Germanici (2): see Arcus Drusi et
17. Germanici.

Arcus Germanici (1): a marble arch in circo Flam - Arcus Gordiani: see C astra Praetoria.
inio decreed by the senate among the honors
awarded Germanicus posthumously, known from Arcus Gratiani, Valentiniani et Theodosii: built
the Tabula Siarensis (Z PE 55 [1984]: 5 5 - 8 2 [J. Gon between 379 and 383 by these three emperors, pe-
zalez]) 1.921. This newly discovered inscription on cunia sua, often confused with the nearby Arcus Ar-
bronze supplements what was known already from cadii, Honorii et Theodosii. This one stood near the
Tacitus (Ann. 2.83) and other inscriptions (C IL church of S. Celso (HCh 237) at the approach to the
6.911 = 3 1 1 9 9 ; Tabula Hebana [Ruggiero, Diz. Pons Aelius (Ponte SantAngelo) and may have
Epigr. 4 .7 4 0 -4 8 ] ). The arch was to be erected at served as a monumental approach to this. The in
public expense near the place (ad eum locum ) where scription (C IL 6 .1 1 8 4 = IL S 781) states explicitly
statues of the deified Augustus and his house had that it was designed to close the Porticus Maximae
been dedicated by C. Norbanus Flaccus. It was to (q.v.). It is mentioned in the Einsiedeln itinerary (2.2
carry gilded figures of the nations he had conquered and 7.2), the M irabilia (Jordan 2 .6 0 8 ; V Z 3.1 8), and
and an inscription commemorating his military ex the Ordo Benedicti (Jordan 2 .6 6 4 and 665). It is said
ploits and stating that he had died in the service of to have collapsed in the time of Pope Urban V
the state. On the arch were to be a statue of German (1 3 6 2 -1 3 7 0 ).
icus in a triumphal chariot with, to either side, stat B u llC om 21 (1893): 2 0 -2 1 (R. Lanciani); HJ
ues of his father, Drusus Germanicus, his mother, 5 9 8 -9 9 .
Antonia, his wife, Agrippina, his sister, Livia (Liv-
illa), his brother, Tiberius Germanicus (Claudius), Arcus Hadriani: see Arco di Portogallo.
and his sons and daughters eleven portrait statues
in all in addition to that of the triumphator. N or Arcus ad Isis: the name inscribed on the attic of an
banus Flaccus was consul in a . d . 15, and presumably arch at the extreme left of the relief of the Haterii
the dedication of statues of the deified Augustus and (Helbig4 1.1076). Because the buildings shown on
his house was one of the honors voted close after this relief seem to have been juxtaposed arbitrarily
Augustuss death. The question of where this might and even their character only schematically rendered,
have been most appropriately erected is a difficult it is impossible to make a definite identification. The
one. Presumably the program was similar to that for arch shown is a triple-fornix arch, and the attic is
Germanicus and included both his natural father and crowned with a large collection of statuary, includ
his adoptive one, his mother, his wife, Livia, and his ing a central quadriga flanked by pairs of captives at
sister, Octavia, the two grandsons he had adopted, the foot of palm trees, flanked in turn by trophies.
and Tiberius. This makes only seven, in addition to The arch itself has columns on plinths framing the
Augustus, but they were all adult, whereas four of openings and is covered with reliefs in which arms
the children of Germanicus were still under ten at the and the instrum entum sacru m figure prominently. A
time of his death. Everything points to the two pro statue on a plinth fills each opening. The central one
grams having been thought of as counterparts and to is possibly Minerva, armed, and the others are fe
have been set complementary to each other. On the male, but not positively identifiable.
Marble Plan (FUR pi. 2 9 ; Rodriguez pi. 23) an arch The arch has been identified as just possibly the
is shown between the Porticus Octaviae and the Arco di Camigliano (or Camillo), a triple arch that
Theatrum Marcelli. The short southeast end of the led into the complex of the Iseum Campense from
Circus Flaminius with the Theatrum Marcelli as the east, just west of Piazza del Collegio Romano
background would have made a very appropriate lo (Figs. 4 6 , 47). Its program has been thought to be


Isiac, but the most obvious symbols are missing. The Arcus N eronis: an arch decreed to Nero for Cor-
last parts of this arch were destroyed in the sixteenth bulos victories in the East in a . d . 58, built in a . d .
century, and nothing is known to survive from it. Re 62, and probably dismantled soon after N eros dam-
cently it has been proposed that it is an arch of Ves natio memoriae (Tacitus, Ann. 13.41, 15.18). It
pasian of uncertain location. stood in m ed io C apitolin i m an tis and is well shown
M em N ap 24 (1906): 2 2 9 - 6 2 , especially 2 3 2 -3 3 on coins of Nero (B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1 Nero
(G. Spano); R endP ontA cc 20 (1 9 4 3 -4 4 ): 1 2 4 -3 7 nos. 1 8 3 -9 0 , 3 2 9 -3 4 ) as a single-fornix arch sur
(G. Gatti); Nash 1 .1 1 8 -1 9 ; Helbig4 1 .7 7 8 -7 9 no. mounted by a quadriga led on by Victoria and Pax.
1076 (H. Speier); Rom M rtt 97 (1990): 1 3 1 -3 4 (F. S. Figures of Roman soldiers at a lower level crowned
Kleiner). the corners. The face of the arch seems to have been
covered with an elaborate program of reliefs, and a
Arcus Latronis: see Basilica Constantini. large figure of Mars stood against one end.
F. S. Kleiner, T h e A rch o f N ero in R om e (Rome
Arcus Lentuli et Crispini: a travertine arch erected 1985).
by the consuls of a . d . 2, R Lentulus Scipio and T.
Quinctius Crispinus Valerianus (C IL 6 .1 3 8 5 ), be Arcus N ovus: mentioned in the regionary cata
tween the church of S. M aria in Cosmedin and the logues in Regio VII and assigned by the Chronogra-
river. The wording of the inscription is exactly that pher of 3 5 4 (Chron. 148) to Diocletian. This seems
of the Arcus Dolabellae et Silani (q.v.), and it follows to have been a marble arch that spanned Via Lata at
that this was a rebuilding of Porta Trigmina of the the northeast corner of the church of S. Maria in Via
Servian Walls. Poggio (VZ 4.232) says it spanned the Lata. It was destroyed by Pope Innocent VIII (1 4 8 8 -
road running between the Aventine and the Tiber, so 1492). The last vestiges of the arch were removed in
the foot of the Clivus Publicius must have been just deep excavations hunting building material and an
inside the wall. Our sources do not say whether it tiquities in 1523 (LS 1 .2 1 7 -1 9 ). Fragments of a relief
was triple or had originally been triple, but Biondo found here in the sixteenth century are now in Villa
Flavio (R om a Instaurata 1.20 = V Z 4 .2 6 4 ), who saw Medici and show that the arch was erected to com
it in ruins in the mid-fifteenth century, uses the plu memorate the decennalia of Diocletian; these are
ral. identified by their inscriptions: v o t i s x e t x x (C IL
6 .3 1 3 8 3 ) as those that Marliano saw at S. M aria in
Arcus Neroniani (Fig. 16): a branch of the Aqua Via Lata with other trop h aea et trium phales im ag
Claudia (q.v.) built by Nero from Ad Spem Veterem ines (U rbis R o m a e T op og rap h ia [Rome 1534], 136).
ro the Temple of Divus Claudius at the end of the This has led Kahler to identify two bases in the Bob-
Caelian, a bridge about two kilometers long, still oli Gardens in Florence as coming from this arch (H.
well preserved for most of its course (Frontinus, Aq. Kahler, Z w ei S ocket eines T riu m phbogen s im B o b o -
1.20; 2.7 6 , 87). At Piazza della Navicella on the ligarten zu Floren z [BW Pr 96 (1936)]). This seems a
Caelian the aqueduct branched, without the intro near certainty. L. Cozza has identified three more
duction of a castellum, one branch carrying water to fragments of reliefs in the Villa Medici as belonging
the Aventine with a termination near the church of with the v o t i s fragment (BdA 43 [1958]: 1 0 9 -1 1 );
S. Prisca (C IL 6 .3 8 6 6 = 31963 = IL S 5 7 9 1 ; LA 1 5 7 - from subject and style, this also seems highly likely
53 ;, but of this there are no remains visible today. to be right. If so, the relief showed Virtus and Roman
Another branch, perhaps built by Domitian, took legionary soldiers celebrating the submission and
water from the Temple of Divus Claudius across pacification of the East, while female figures with
:he valley between the Caelian and Palatine to the mural crowns knelt in adoration of the inscription of
Palatine. Of this there are spectacular remains a shield. The bases showed Victorias with palms and
m two tiers of arches, but a siphon was probably trophies, the Dioscuri, and bearded and trousered
necessary. barbarian captives accompanied by Roman soldiers.
The aqueduct is mentioned frequently in the post- A considerable difference in style between the
classical period, often by the name Forma Claudiana bases and the other fragments of relief indicates that
or Forma Lateranense, sometimes simply Forma, as the arch was, like that of Constantine, created in part
in the name of the church of S. Tommaso de Formis. ex n ov o, in part by the reuse of decorations and re
It was repaired and kept in use well into the Middle liefs robbed from other monuments. The bases are
Ages. probably Diocletianic, w'hile the other fragments be
A rcbaeolog ia 100 (1966): 81104 (P. K. Baillie long in the second century. The shield being in
Reynolds and T. A. Bailey); B u llC om 86 (197879): scribed would have been recut, as indeed it appears.
1 3 -_ 4 0 (P. Romeo); AJA 87 (1983): 3 9 2 -9 9 (H. B. Nash 1 .1 2 0 -2 5 ; N A kG 1976: 6 4 -1 0 8 (H. R.
Evans). Laubscher).


Arcus Octaviani (1): an arch decreed to Octavian can all be presumed to have had monumental en
after Actium, to be erected in the forum (Cass. Dio trances. However, a monumental arch in the middle
5 1 .19.1). At the same time a second arch was de of the forecourt of the Pantheon, although proposed
creed to be erected at Brundisium; evidently both for the Arcus Pietatis by many, is very unlikely.
were in preparation for Octavians triumphant re R endP ontA cc 4 (19252 6): 291303 (C. Hiilsen);
turn. An inscription on a block of Parian marble 9 K. de Fine Licht, T h e R otu n da in R om e (Copen
feet (2.67 m) long with a decree of public honors to hagen 1968), 2 5 34.
Octavian and a consular date of 29 B .C . has been
supposed to come from this arch (C/L 6.873 = ILS Arcus Pompeii: an arch described by Magister Gre
81). It was found toward the southeast end of the gorius in the twelfth century (D e M irabilibus 24, VZ
forum in the sixteenth century, but the reports of its 3.1 6 1 ). According to him, it celebrated Pompeys
provenience are confused and contradictory, and no triumph over Mithridates in 61 B.C . This cannot be
ancient source locates it more precisely. No other accepted without other support; Magister Gregorius
trace of it is known, but it may be shown on a de had a lively imagination and describes monuments
narius (B .M . C oins, R om . R ep. 2 :1 4 no. 4348). that did not exist outside of it, such as the arch of
K aiser Augustus und die v erloren e R ep u blik (show Augustus described in great detail just before this
catalogue, Berlin 1988, Mainz 1988), 2 2 4 25 (E. (De M irabilibus 2 2 , V Z 3 .1 5 9 -6 0 ).
Arcus Recordationis: see Arcus Drusi (1).
Arcus O ctaviani (2): see Arco di Portogallo.
Arcus Septimii Severi (Figs. 19, 4 0 , 4 1 ): an arch in
Arcus O ctavii: Pliny (H N 36 .3 6 ) says that Augus the Forum Romanum at the northwest end of the
tus dedicated to the honor of his father a work of Sacra Via, in front of, but not on axis with, the Aedes
Lysias, a quadriga with figures of Apollo and Diana Concordiae. The inscription on both sides of the at
carved from a single block of stone. This was in an tic (C IL 6 .1 0 3 3 = IL S 4 2 5 ; cf. C IL 6.3 1 2 3 0 ) states
aedicula adorned with columns atop an arch on the that the arch was erected by the senate in a . d . 203
Palatine. Clearly this arch served simply as a base to Septimius Severus, Caracalla, and Geta in honor
and was not triumphal, and the aedicula was prob of conquests in the East. Later the name of Geta in
ably more a canopy than anything else. This Lysias the fourth line was chiseled away, and further hon
may be identical with the Lysias who was the son of orific titles for Septimius and Caracalla were added
Pyrrhandros of Chios, known from his signature on in its place. The bronze letters have been robbed out,
the acropolis of Lindos, but is otherwise unknown. but the matrices for them survive, and the holes for
H istoria 3 7 (1988): 3 4 7 -5 1 (F. S. Kleiner). clamps permit restoration of the original text in the
fourth line. The arch is a triple-fornix arch of Pen-
Arcus Panis Aurei: an arch in C ap itolio mentioned telic marble on a base of travertine, which was con
in the M irabilia (Jordan 2 .6 1 0 ; V Z 3.1 9 ), otherwise cealed by short flights of steps leading up to the arch
unknown, but see Arcus M . Aurelii. on the forum side. In the middle of the fourth cen
tury, the level of the forum in this area was lowered
Arcus Pietatis: an arch in the Campus Martius and much longer stairs were installed, but apparently
mentioned in the M irabilia (Jordan 2 .6 3 0 ; V Z 3.49) in antiquity no road ever ran through the arch. Over
in connection with the Temple of Divus Hadrianus all, the arch measures approximately 25 m wide, 23
and the church of S. M aria in Aquiro. Other sources m high, and 11.35 m deep. The central arch is 12 m
put it near the church of the Maddalena (Anon. high and 7 m wide; the side arches are 7 .8 0 m high
Magliabech. [Urlichs 1 5 5 ; V Z 4.1 2 2 ] and a will of and 3 m wide. The side arches communicate with the
1403). After a careful study of the question, Hiilsen central passage by vaulted passages; these, as well as
decided that it should span the Via delle Colonnelle the other passages, have coffered ceilings.
just east of the Maddalena and be an arch that orig The openings are framed by fluted columns in
inally led from the forecourt north of the Pantheon front of pilasters with composite capitals that carry
east to the precinct of the Temple of M atidia, a pas a deep entablature that breaks out from the face of
sage of minor importance. He also points out that in the arch over them and runs around all four faces.
the centuries after a . d . 1000 the name Arcus Pietatis The high plinths on which the columns are raised are
came to be applied to several monumental arches of embellished on the three exposed faces with reliefs
antiquity, including the Arch of Titus. Therefore, it showing soldiers leading captive barbarians. The
is possible that we are dealing with more than one spandrels are filled with river gods over the side
arch here, because the precincts of the temples of Di arches and Victorias carrying trophies above figures
vus Hadrianus and Matidia, as well as the Pantheon, of the seasons over the central arch. The keystones


have reliefs of divinities. Just above the keystones of monument is 6.15 m high and the same in width
the side arches runs a narrow frieze showing parts of overall, the opening 3 .3 0 m wide.
a triumphal procession, prisoners presented to the The decoration of the marble posts is very rich.
goddess Roma, groups of soldiers, carts loaded with The main face on the Vicus Tuscus (?) showed single
the spoils, and allegorical figures representing prov large figures, bearded and togate, above small panels
inces. Above this are four great panels showing pan of animals being led to sacrifice, framed by pilasters
oramas of the campaigns in multiple registers woven with composite capitals. The pilasters are decorated
together irregularly to produce a vivid confusion. with busts, and the inscription is flanked by reliefs of
These are the great glory of the arch, masterpieces of Hercules and the Genius Populi Romani. The most
design. important reliefs are those of the reveals. They
The inscription fills the whole of the face of the showed Septimius Severus, Julia Domna, and Geta
deep attic, within which there are four vaulted cham sacrificing on a tripod on one, and Caracalla, Fulvia
bers accessible by a stair in the southwest pier with a Plautilla, and Fulvius Plautianus on the other. As
concealed door in the south end at the height of the those shown suffered damnatio memoriae, their fig
springing of the side arches. The arch is shown on ures were chiseled away. Below the main panels were
coins of Septimius and Caracalla surmounted by a scenes of sacrifice of large cattle; above are Victorias
six- or eight-horse chariot carrying Septimius Severus and garlands. The pilasters on these faces are deco
and Victoria and led by Caracalla and Geta (?). This rated with acanthus scrolls. On the visible end (west)
group is flanked by equestrian figures facing toward is a group of two legionary soldiers and two Oriental
the ends (Caracalla and Geta?). All trace of these has captives above a panel showing a drover and below
disappeared (B . M. C oins, R om . E m p. 5 .2 1 6 n .3 2 0 ; a panel of camilli flanking a thymiaterion. The north
R1C 4 .1 2 4 no. 259). face is without reliefs or elaborate decorative carv
L. Franchi, Ricerche sullarte di et severiana a ing, an indication that it was not on public view.
Rom a (StM isc 4, Rome 1964), 2 0 - 3 2 ; R. Brilliant, D. E. L. Haynes and P. E. D. Hirst, Porta A rgen
T h e A rch o f Septim ius Severus in the R om an Forum tariorum (London 19 3 9 ); M. Pallottino, L a rco degli
(MAAR 29, Rome 1967); Nash 1 .1 2 6 -3 0 ; R end- argentarii (Rome 19 4 6 ); Nash 1 .8 8 -9 1 .
PontA cc 5 5 -5 6 (1 9 8 2 -8 4 ): 2 9 9 -3 1 3 (R. Nardi);
R om a, a rch eolog ia n el cen tro (1985), 1 .3 4 4 0 (R. Arcus Stertinii: see Fornices Stertinii.
Masini et al.), 4155 (R. Nardi).
Arcus Stillans: an ancient landmark identified by
Arcus Septimii Severi (in Foro Boario), Arcus the scholiast on Juvenal 3.11 as an aqueduct crossing
Argentariorum, Monumentum Argentariorum the valley between the Caelian and Aventine on or
(Fig. 3 7 .1 8 ): modern names given to a post-and-lin- inside Porta Capena. This would have to have been
tel monumental doorway of marble on a travertine a bridge of the Aqua M arcia, although no trace of
base at the southwest corner of the faade of the such a bridge has ever been found. The identification
church of S. Giorgio in Velabro, the campanile being is then repeated in the M irabilia (Jordan 2 .6 1 5 ; VZ
in part supported by one pier and encasing two of 3.23) of the twelfth century. But it is a misidentifica-
its sides in its masonry. The inscription (C IL tion to explain Juvenals phrase m ad id a m q u e Ca-
6.1035 = IL S 4 2 6 ; cf. C IL 6.31232) declares that it pen am . Marchetti Longhi (R endP ontA cc 3 [ 1 9 2 4 -
was erected in a . d . 2 0 4 by the argentarii et n eg o 25]: 1 4 3 -9 0 ) has shown that in a spurious bull of
t i a t e s b o a rii huius lo c i qui invehent. Here qu i inveh- Paschal II of 1116, in which local names have been
ent is a later correction, and probably invehent taken from authentic documents, the reference to a
should be invehunt, while b oarii is probably only a church in u rbe R o m a ecclesiam S. Lau ren tii d e /////
place designation. The dedicators are probably the qu e est iuxta arcum stillantem cum om n ibu s perti-
auctioneer/bankers and wholesale merchants of the nentiis suis et om n es curtes qu as h abetis in regione
district (see Forum Boarium), and this is probably S ch ole G rece must be to a church near the Tiber not
the entrance to their collegiate schola. The dedica far from the Pons Aemilius. The Arcus Stillans must
tion was made to Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Geta, then be the arch at Porta Romana (or Romanula) u bi
Julia Domna, Fulvia Plautilla (wife of Caracalla), ex epistylio defluit a q u a (Festus 318L).
and Fulvius Plautianus (father-in-law of Caracalla).
Following the murder of Plautianus and his damna- Arcus Tiberii: a single-fornix arch erected in a .d .
tio memoriae in 2 05 , his name and titles were erased; 16 p ro p ter a ed em Saturni, to commemorate the re
following the murder of Plautilla in 2 1 1 , so were covery of the standards of Varus captured by the
hers, and other honorific titles of Caracalla were sub Germans in a . d . 9 (Tacitus, Ann. 2.41). It stood near
stituted. Following the murder of Geta in 2 1 2 , his the northwest corner of the Basilica Iulia beside the
name was erased and other substitutions made. The street along the southwest side of the forum, which


narrows here to accommodate it, and is represented it and restored by Valadier, the missing portions
on the Arch of Constantine (LOrange and A. von being reproduced in travertine.
Gerkan, pi. 14). It stood above the level of the forum The foundations rest on the pavement of the Cli-
and probably could be reached only by a stair of a vus Palatinus; it has therefore been supposed that it
few steps. The inscription has been recovered in frag originally stood farther north and was removed and
ments (CIL 6 .9 0 6 , 3 1 4 2 2 , 3 1 5 7 5 ), and the concrete rebuilt in its present location at the time of the con
foundations, found in excavations in 1900, were 9 m struction of the Temple of Venus et Roma. However,
wide and 6 .3 0 m deep. it is more likely that it simply stands on a pre-
B u llC om 31 (1903): 1 6 3 -6 4 (D. Vaglieri); Lugli Neronian pavement and was hemmed in by the
1946, 1 5 1 -5 2 ; Nash 1 .1 3 1 -3 2 . nearby parts of the Domus Aurea. It is 13.50 m wide,
4.75 m deep, and 15.40 m high; the archway is 5.36
Arcus Tiberii (in Campo M artio): mentioned m wide and 8 .3 0 m high. The whole was faced with
only by Suetonius (Claud. 11.3), who says a marble Pentelic marble. On each side of the arch is a pair of
arch was decreed by the senate to Tiberius iuxta engaged columns with fluted shafts and composite
(near) the Theater of Pompey, verum om issum , and capitals, one of the earliest uses of this order. In each
completed by Claudius. It is quite uncertain where it pier, in lieu of reliefs, is a rectangular, windowlike
stood. niche. The spandrels have reliefs of flying Victorias;
the keystones show figures probably representing
Arcus Tiburii or Diburi: evidently a corruption of Virtus (toward the Colosseum) and Honos. On the
the word D ivorum (q.v.) and a medieval designation frieze of the entablature running around the arch
for the monumental arch by which this was entered, was shown the triumphal procession at small scale in
remains of which were still standing in the eleventh very high relief. Only part of the frieze on the east
century. face is preserved, perhaps one-quarter of the whole,
R m M itt 18 (1903): 2 8 - 3 0 (C. Hlsen); HJ 5 6 6 - but among the things shown is a river god on a fer-
67. culum, believed to represent the Jordan River. De
spite its simplicity, the arch is a remarkably harmo
Arcus Titi (1) or Arcus Vespasiani et Titi: erected nious structure of elegant proportions, a model for
by the senate in a . d . 8 0 -8 1 to commemorate the single-fornix arches for the next century.
capture and destruction of Jerusalem. The inscrip Nash 1 .1 3 3 -3 5 ; R om M itt 82 (1975): 9 9 -1 1 6 (F.
tion is preserved only in the Einsiedeln sylloge (C IL M agi); R om M itt 84 (1977): 3 3 1 -4 7 (F. Magi);
6 .944 = IL S 26 4 ), where it is reported to have been B u llC om 88 (1 9 8 2 -8 3 ): 9 2 -9 3 (E. Rodriguez
found on an arch in the Circus Maximus. There is Almeida); M . Pfanner, D er T itusbogen (Mainz
no reason to doubt this, and the probability is that 1983).
this was an arch at the apex of the sphendone of the
circus. Arcus de Tosectis: the popular name for a marble
arch cited by the Anonymous Magliabechianus in
Arcus Titi (2) (Figs. 63, 90, 9 2 ): a single-fornix the early fifteenth century (Urlichs 1 5 4 ; V Z 4.120).
arch still standing, though much restored, in sum m a It is possible that the Arcus Novus of Diocletian (see
Sacra Via (but probably not to be identified with the Arcus Novus) near the church of S. Maria in Via
Arcus in sum m a Sacra Via shown on the relief of the Lata is meant (HJ 470). The Arcus de Tosectis was
Haterii in the Vatican Museum [Helbig4 1.1076]). It ruinous at the time of the Anonymous Magliabechi
was erected to Titus after his death, as the inscription anus, and the inscription could not be made out, but
(C IL 6.945 = IL S 265) informs us, to commemorate he believed it was built for Antoninus Pius (see VZ
the capture of Jerusalem. The reliefs of the reveals 3 .1 9 -2 0 n .6 ).
show the princeps as triumphator in a quadriga and
the spoils of the temple of Solomon. A relief in the Arcus ad Tres Falciclas, Tripolis, and Trofoli:
crown of the coffering of the ceiling shows the late popular names applied to the Arco di Portogallo
apotheosis of Titus. Bronze elephants that are (q.v.) found in the L ib er Pontificalis (cf. Jordan
known to have been on the Sacra Via in a . d . 5 3 5 - 2 .4 1 5 -1 6 ).
5 36 (Cassiodorus, Var. 10.30) very likely belonged
to a quadriga showing the deified princeps in glory, Arcus Traiani: see Forum Traiani.
an iconography familiar from coins. The arch is not
mentioned in ancient literature, and in the medieval Arcus Divi Traiani: listed in the regionary cata
period it was built into a fortress of the Frangipani. logues in Regio I, perhaps the Arco di Druso just in
In 1822 it was freed from the constructions around side the Porta S. Sebastiano (Porta Appia). One notes


especially the steep and strongly marked pediment berim near the church of S. Maria in Trastevere,
thrust forward from the face of the arch and sup which was founded by Pope Calixtus I in 2 1 7 -
ported on freestanding columns to either side, which 222. He was believed to have been martyred in
are Trajanic features (but see Richmond, 1 3 8 -3 9 ). the near vicinity, and the present church of S. Cal-
The Arco di Druso was built into the Aqua Alexan listo is thought to stand on the site of his house
d r i a and carried the aqueduct across the Via Appia. (HCh 234).
This must be the Forma Iovia (or Iobia) of the Ein-
siedeln itinerary (but see M em L in c, ser. 3 .4 [1880]: Area Candidi: mentioned only in the N otitia as a
3 1 8 -1 9 [R. Lanciani]). If Lanciani is right that the place in Regio VI, listed following X Tabernae and
name Iovia came to be applied to the whole system Gallinae Albae. It is therefore commonly put toward
of the M arcia, that must have been later, for the itin the south end of the Viminal near the church of S.
erary distinguishes between them (see VZ 2.173). Pudenziana (HJ 374). As an area, it should have been
The arch shown on coins of a . d . 1 0 4 111 (B . M. an open space or square, rather than a district.
Coins, R om . E m p. 3: Trajan nos. 8 4 2 - 4 6 pi. 3 1 .6
9), often thought to be this arch, is now believed to Area Capitolina (Fig. 19): the precinct of the /
be a Trajanic rebuilding of the entrance to the Area Temple of luppiter Optimus Maximus (Capitolinus)
Capitolina, as the inscription i o m proclaims. on the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill. It
Nash 1 .7 9 -8 0 . seems to have surrounded the temple and to have
been irregular, created by the construction of retain
Arcus Divi Veri (Parthici, N o t.): listed in the re- ing walls following the configuration of the hill and
gionary catalogues in Regio I together with the Arcus by leveling the area inside these (Livy 2 5 .3 .1 4 ; Veil.
Traiani and Arcus Drusi, so probably an arch span Pat. 2 .3 .2 ; A. Gellius 2 .1 0 .2 ). It was enlarged at least
ning the Via Appia, but nothing is known about it. once, in 388 B .C . (Livy 6.4.12) and was regarded as
A relief in the Museo Torlonia possibly showing the an impressive accomplishment. Along the front and
submission of barbarians to Lucius Verus has been sides of the temple the space would have extended
associated with it (S. Reinach, R ep ertoire d e reliefs about 3 0 40 m, perhaps more in front, while in
grecs et rom ains, 3 vols. (Paris 1 9 0 9 -1 2 ), 1.249; F. back, toward the Campus Martius, it was narrow,
Matz and F. von Duhn, A n tike B ild w erke in R om but sufficient for a processional way (Pliny, H N
[Leipzig 1882], 3 .4 2 43 no. 3526) but without suf 8.161). Probably when other temples were added,
ficient reason. Hlsen (HJ 216) supposes the arch annexes were added to accommodate them.
may have lain outside the Porta S. Sebastiano near The principal entrance was in the middle of the
the Almo. southeast side, the terminus of the Clivus Capitoli
nus opposite the faade of the temple and the Fores
Arcus Vespasiani et Titi: see Arcus Titi (1). Capitolini (Suetonius, Aug. 9 4 .9 ; Tacitus, Hist.
3.71). The Porta Pandana (q.v.) must have been a
Area: see Forum , Area, Compitum. secondary entrance, perhaps at the top of the Cen
tum Gradus (q.v.). The area was surrounded by a
Area Apollinis: listed in the regionary catalogues in wall and was closed at night and guarded by dogs
Regio I. It is possibly what is shown on fragment 469 under the charge of a temple attendant, in whose
of the Marble Plan inscribed ] r e a a p o [ . This can be quarters Domitian hid when the Capitoline fell to the
read as a square altar or statue base mounted on a assault of the Vitellians (Cicero, R ose. Am. 5 6 ; A.
podium approached by two flights of four steps on Gellius 6 .1 .6 ; Tacitus, Hist. 3.74). Geese sacred to
opposite sides, which seems to have stood in a large Juno were also kept in the area (Cicero, R ose. Am.
open area. But this fragment has recently been 5 6 ; Dion. Hal. 13.7). Under the surface of the area
assigned by Rodriguez (Rodriguez 99 and pi. were subterranean chambers called favissae, in
14; cf. FUR pi. 50) to the Area Apollinis on the Pala which damaged material from the temple, old dedi
tine. cations, and dedications that could not be displayed
were deposited (R om a sotterran ea 2 7 1 -7 5 [A. Cas-
Area Calles: added by the N otitia to the Area Apol satella]). These could not be tampered with (Paulus
linis et Splenis of Regio I. The reading is very doubt ex Fest. 78L ; A. Gellius 2 .1 0 .2 ). Porticoes lined part
ful, and the monument is otherwise unknown. of the edge of the area on the interior, at least toward
the front, some of them built by Scipio Nasica as
Area Callisti: a place designation found inscribed censor in 159 b . c . (Veil. Pat. 2 .1 .2 ; Tacitus, Hist.
on a late antique slave collar as Ara Callisti (C IL 3.71).
15.7193). It has been supposed to be in the Transti- Within the Area Capitolina were numerous build-


ings: the Casa Romuli, the Aedes Tensarum, the Tri kept from interfering with the functioning of the
bunal Vespasiani, Titi et Domitiani, a library and an temple.
atrium publicum, as well as several temples: of Fides, Lugli 1946, 1936.
luppiter Feretrius, Iuppiter Custos, Iuppiter Tonans,
Ops, Mars Ultor (?), Fortuna Primigenia (?), and Area Carboniana: known only in Christian
probably Mens and Venus Erucina (qq.v.). Some of sources, an area somewhere on the Caelian (Jordan
these may have stood only briefly; others were im 2 .1 2 0 ; H J 253).
portant and venerable. The Temple of Fides was
probably near the southwest corner of the precinct. Area Carruces: mentioned only in the regionary
There were also many altars, in addition to the great catalogues, listed in Regio I. Probably it was the
altar of Jupiter: to Iuppiter Sutor, Isis et Serapis, Bel- square where travelers left their horse-drawn vehicles
lona, Genius Populi Romani (together with Felicitas for litters. With it must have been connected the
and Venus Victrix), Gens Iulia, and possibly Indul- Schola Carrucarum (or better Carrucariorum), or
gentia (qq.v.). headquarters of those engaged in transportation (cf.
There were many statues of divinities in the area Dig. 19.2.13), known from an inscription. The
and in the temples (Servius a d Aen. 2.3 1 9 ). One of whole question was carefully investigated by Schnei
Jupiter of colossal size was erected by Sp. Carvilius der Graziosi (B ullC om 4 0 [1912]: 2 0 4 22), who
in 293 B .C ., so large that it could be seen from the concluded that the area should lie between Porta Ap-
precinct of Iuppiter Latiaris on the Alban Mount pia and the Temple of Mars.
(Pliny, H N 3 4 .3 4 and 43). Another mounted on a
column was enlarged and turned to the east in 63 Area Concordiae: see C oncordia, Aedes.
B .C . (Cicero, Cat. 3 .2 0 ; Div. 1 .2 0 ; Cass. Dio 37.9.1
and 3 4 .3 - 4 ; Obsequens 61). In 305 B.C . a colossus Area M acari: known only from an inscription on a
of Hercules was dedicated there (Livy 9 .4 4 .1 6 ), and circular bronze plate: in region e quinta in area M a
in 2 09 a bronze colossus of Hercules by Lysippus cari (C IL 1 5 .7 1 7 4 = IL S 8726), so presumably some
from Tarentum (Plutarch, F abius M axim us 2 2 .6 ; where on the Esquiline.
Pliny, H N 3 4 .4 0 ; Strabo 6.3.1 [278]). There were
statues of Mars (Cass. Dio 4 1 .1 4 .3 ), Liber Pater (C IL Area Palatina: an open square before the Palatine
16.10), Iuppiter Africus (C IL 16.21, 31) and Neme palace, where people gathered to await the Salutatio
sis (Pliny, H N 1 1 .2 5 1 , 28 .2 2 ). Statues of distin Caesaris (A. Gellius 4 .1 .1 , 2 0 .1 .1 ). Because Gellius
guished Romans were frequently erected in the area, says people of every order gathered in great numbers,
probably both in the open area and in the various we must suppose it was a place of some size and per
temples. Those in the open area seem to have in haps given architectural definition. The only satisfac
cluded a set of statues of the kings of Rome and Bru tory space seems to be the level area at the top of the
tus (Cass. Dio 4 3 .4 5 .3 - 4 ; Asconius a d Scaur. [Stangl Clivus Palatinus leading up from Summa Sacra Via,
29]; Pliny, H N 3 4 .2 2 -2 3 , 3 3 .9 -1 0 and 2 4 ; Appian, where an area between the Domus Augustiana and
B ellC iv 1.16), L. Scipio (Cicero, Rabir. 2 7 ; Val. M ax. Domus Tiberiana was left unencumbered to enhance
2.6.2), M. Aemilius Lepidus (Val. M ax. 3.1 .1 ), the the view of the faade of the Domus Augustiana (Fig.
Metelli (Cicero, Att. 6 .1 .1 7 ), Q. Marcius Rex (C IL 63). The princeps might have made his appearance
16.4), T. Seius (Pliny, H N 18.16), Pinarius N atta (Ci on the gallery above the colonnade here. It is listed
cero, Div. 2.4 7 ), Domitian (Suetonius, D om . 13.2), in the N otitia for Regio X . It is probably not the area
Claudius (S.H.A. C laud. 3.4), Aurelian (S.H.A. Tac. mentioned by Josephus (A ntlud 19.223) as an open
9.2). Periodically these became so numerous that space in the palace near the public land; more prob
some had to be removed; Augustus transferred a ably that was an area or courtyard near the entrance
number to the Campus Martius (Suetonius, Calig. to the imperial enclave (cf. Josephus, A ntlud
34.1). 1 9.117). There was also presumably much more
Trophies of victory (Marius: Plutarch, C aes. 6 .1 ; public space on the Palatine in the time of Claudius
Suetonius, lul. 11; Germanicus: C IL 16.32) and vo than there was in the time of Antoninus Pius.
tive offerings of every sort were thickly strewn here. Whether the Forum Palatinum of the Einsiedeln syl-
A wholesale clearance of these was ordered in 179 loge ( 2 4 - C I L 6 .1 1 7 7 = IL S 776) is the same as the
B .C . and again under Augustus (Livy 4 0 .5 1 .3 ; Sue Area Palatina is very doubtful.
tonius, Calig. 34.1). Bronze tablets containing trea HJ 6 6 ; Lugli 1946, 4 7 1 -7 2 .
ties and laws and military diplomas were commonly
fastened to the walls of buildings, statue bases, al Area Pannaria: mentioned only in the regionary
tars, and so forth; these must have been removed pe catalogues, listed in Regio I, but probably to be con
riodically. It is difficult to see how the clutter was nected with the Campus Lanatarius (better Lanar-


ius?) of Regio X II. They might have been open main work of clearing down to the ancient levels was
squares on either side of the Via Appia where mar completed and the area inaugurated as a monument
kets in wool and cloth were held. If so, they were of by the spring of 1929.
a certain antiquity, because the word cam pus usually The oldest of the temples is probably Temple A,
indicates land outside the pomerium. because it seems to have begun as a small shrine on
a very high platform of Grotta Oscura tufa that was
Area R adicaria: M arked on the Marble Plan (FUR subsequently enlarged in order to bring it into equal
pi. 15; Rodriguez pi. 1) and listed in the regionary importance with Temple C. In its first phase it was
catalogues in Regio X II, it seems to have opened off prostyle, presumably tetrastyle, with a relatively
the Via Appia to the southwest, just beyond the shallow pronaos and a deep rectangular cella. Across
Baths of Caracalla. It may have been isolated by the whole width of the faade a long stair of ap
streets and been, like the Area Sacra of Largo Argen proach, calculated as eighteen steps, laid on a system
tina, a row of temples and dedications (less likely of five sleeper walls, led down to a rectangular plat
tombs, in view of the area left free in front of them), form raised four steps above the surrounding ground
an interpretation that its location, a little outside level, in the center of which stood the altar, evidently
Porta Capena, makes more attractive. If so, we must rectangular, with its long axis on the axis of the
presume that Septimius Severus, when he created the temple. Little remains of the temple of this phase,
Via Nova leading to the Septizodium, blocked off the especially because somewhat later the podium was
old course of the Via Appia at various points and remodeled and a facing in blocks of Monteverde tufa
converted it into a minor public way giving access to added to its top courses. This consisted of a base step
public buildings and areas in the hinterland of the with a pronounced offset, a base molding of a fine,
new artery. The epithet Radicaria is obscure; pre slightly flattened, cyma recta above a high step, a
sumably it is derived from radix. plain die with wide drafted margins, and a crown
molding of cyma reversa profile. Originally there was
Area Sacra di Largo Argentina (Fig. 8): an area no base molding, only an offset, and the character of
of the southern Campus Martius in which stands a the crown molding is unknown. The date of the first
row of temples of medium size, more or less aligned, phase is almost certainly third century B .C ., whereas
but without other clear relationship. Because they the facing of Monteverde tufa and the replacement
stand between the Villa Publica (q.v.) and the Circus of the original altar with a fine one of peperino must
Flaminius, it is presumed they are on the line of the be second century. Later, to bring the temple into line
beginning of most, if not all, triumphal processions with the architecture of Temple C, a ring of columns
and were all the offerings of successful generals. Four of Anio tufa was added to make it peripteral, hex-
temples have been uncovered, and more may extend astyle, with nine columns on the flanks. These col
the line to the south, even to double this number. The umns have Attic bases and were probably Corin
area is bounded on the north by the Hecatostylon thian. At this time a new stair of approach was
(q.v.), and on the east by a portico identified by some installed and the altar platform raised. The stair was
as one of the Porticus Minuciae (q.v.), although the now only ten steps high. Presumably this general
case is not a strong one, beyond which is another raising of the level was in response to repeated flood
Porticus Minucia containing a large temple, presum ing in the area.
ably that of the Lares Permarini (q.v.). Just behind Temple C, although only a little younger than
the temples on the west lie the annexes of the Thea- Temple A and very similar to it in construction, was
trum Pompeii (q.v.), probably including the Curia from the beginning a much larger edifice, although
Pompeii, where Caesar was murdered, but to the the altar platform in front of it was made to conform
south there is nothing for some distance, at least as in size to that of Temple A, in part doubtless because
far as Piazza Costaguti. of the space available. It stood on a very high plat
The two northernmost of the temples were always form of Grotta Oscura tufa, trimmed at the crown
known, remains of the northernmost, known as with a flattened cyma reversa molding, but at the
Temple A, having been built into the fabric of the base with only a simple offset. It was peripteral sine
church of S. Nicola aCesarini, while a few battered p o stico with very widely spaced columns, four on the
columns of the circular temple next to it, Temple B, faade, and five and an anta on each flank. The pron
could be seen in a courtyard next door. These also aos was relatively shallow, and the cella was a deep
appear on a fragment of the Marble Plan (FUR pi. rectangle. Because there is no statue base, it is pre
3 2 ; Rodriguez pi. 28). Work here began in the sum sumed that the cult image was terracotta. Originally
mer of 1926 with the object of enlarging Via Arenula the width of the faade was covered by the stair of
and its juncture with Corso Vittorio Emanuele and approach, twenty steps in all, leading down to the
has continued intermittently ever since, although the altar platform, like that of Temple A lifted four steps


G eneral Plan

above the surrounding area. Stair and altar platform tufa with elaborate base and crown moldings. The
were carried on sleeper walls, and the stair is not in eighteen columns are Corinthian, tufa shafts with
bond with the podium of the temple. Four clear Attic bases and Corinthian capitals of travertine. It
pavements can be distinguished in the altar platform. is preceded by a shallow rectangular porch, only
The oldest altar stands on the second pavement; it is large enough to straighten the stair, and a stair cal
a fine peperino replacement installed by A. Post culated as having been originally of thirteen steps. To
mius Albinus in conformance with a Lex Plaetoria either side of the stair is added a wing from which a
(IL L R P 121). This was subsequently buried and pre second wing runs out perpendicular to the stair to
served in excellent condition. The temple platform either side, perhaps to hold statuary or dedications,
was emptied, but no complete account of the con perhaps also a boundary for an altar precinct. At the
tents has been published. It was found that older time of the construction of Temple B, the level of the
construction in the area, notably a drain, runs whole area was raised, the old altars of Temples A
obliquely under the oldest level of the altar platform. and C buried, and the whole repaved with tufa at a
The original date of the temple is not fixed, but a uniform level. At some later time the cella wall was
date in the third century B.C . seems indicated by the destroyed, a new wall run between the columns, and
material and style. an apron added to the back parts of the circumfer
The round temple between A and C, Temple B, is ence to make an ampler podium. This work was car
much later in date. It was peripteral from the begin ried out in thin slabs of tufa over a fill of rubble. At
ning, cella and peripteros walls having heavy foun this time an immense statue base was installed, evi
dations of concrete faced with fine opus incertum. dently to carry the great acrolithic image of a god
Although the area under the cella was emptied to the dess of which the head, right arm, and foot were
bottom, no earlier construction was found until the found.
original floor of this area of the time of the first con In many ways Temple D, which could not be ex
struction of Temples A and C was reached, where a cavated completely, is the most mysterious of the
wall trace of blocks of cappellaccio was found four. It embraces in its podium elements of an earlier
aligned with those temples and cutting a chord shrine with a stair descending to the level of the orig
across the cella from west to east. Its nature remains inal construction of Temples A and C, but of this
obscure. The temple itself stood on a low podium of little is known, except that it was smaller than the


present building. The present building dates from the
time of the general pavement of the area in tufa in
the first century B .C . The temple is very large, with
foundations of Roman cement, and its podium is
very high, approached by a stair of travertine. The
pronaos is very deep, but without any trace of col
umns or column footings. The heavy cella walls are
faced with brick and have fluted pilasters of stucco
on the exterior and a line of tufa blocks along the
base on the interior. There are remains of marble
pavement in both pronaos and cella and a massive
marble threshold for an enormous door. The size of
cella and pronaos and the lack of evidence of col
umns suggest that the temple was hypaethral.
The area burned in the fire of Titus in a . d . 80 and
was restored under Domitian. At that time the level
was again raised and repaved with blocks of traver Figure 9
tine, the last general rehandling of the precinct. Sub Area Sacra di
sidiary structures were added from time to time that San tO m o bo n o, Plan
eventually came to fill most of the space between and o f the Twin Tem ples,
behind the temples. These we can think of as sacris
ties and accommodations for the temple attendants.
A portico of slender Ionic columns, rather widely
spaced, runs along the northern flank of Temple A at
a slight angle to its axis and has rooms behind it.
These are all clearly of late date but replace an earlier
portico to be associated with the first general pave
ment in tufa. Along the whole east side of the area
runs a series of piers having engaged columns on
their eastern faces and fluted pilasters on their west
ern ones. There is no indication of a propylaeum or
other entranceway in what has been uncovered, the
stretch from the northern extremity to a point in
front of the northern flank of Temple C. This portico
is associated with the Domitianic pavement in trav
Figure 10
ertine, but is a replacement for another associated
Area Sacra di
with the pavement in tufa. S a n tO m o bo n o,
Although the dates and sequence of building in Plan o f the A rchaic
this complex are fairly well understood, the identity Tem ple (Restored)
of the divinities to whom these temples belonged is
very much disputed. Temple B is widely recognized
as Lutatius Catuluss temple of Fortuna Huiusce Diei chetti Longhi); F. Coarelli, I. Kajanto, U. Nyberg,
(q.v.) on the basis of evidence in Varro and appro and M . Steinby, L area sacra di largo Argentina
priate form and construction. Whether the acrolith (Rome 1981); M EFRA 9 7 (1986): 5 3 2 - 4 2 (M.-B.
represents that goddess is debated. If the analysis of Carre and C. Virlouvet), 98 (1986): 6 2 3 -4 1 (A.
Temple D as hypaethral is correct, it seems likely to Ziolkowski).
belong to Iuppiter Fulgur (q.v.). But for the older
temples, A and C, there is simply no firm evidence, A rea S a cra di S a n tO m o b o n o (Figs. 9 ,1 0 , 11,
and a great many divinities are known to have had 3 7 .1 0 ): an area at the foot of the Capitoline Hill on
temples in the Campus Martius. the ridge between the Forum Romanum and Forum
B u llC om 60 (1932): 2 5 3 -3 4 6 (G. Marchetti Lon- Boarium, closer to the latter but inside the line of the
ghi), 61 (1933): 1 6 3 -9 4 (G. Marchetti Longhi), 64 Servian Walls. It is bounded on the north by the an
(1936): 8 3 -1 3 9 (G. Marchetti Longhi), 76 (1 9 5 6 - cient Vicus Iugarius under the modern street of the
58): 4 5 -1 1 8 (G. Marchetti Longhi), 81 (1 9 6 8 -6 9 ): same name and on the east by a street that branched
1 1 5 -2 5 (I. Iacopi), 82 (1 9 7 0 -7 1 ): 7 -6 2 (G. M ar from the Vicus Iugarius, which need not be of high
chetti Longhi); M EFRA 82 (1970): 1 1 7 -5 8 (G. Mar- antiquity. The other boundaries are less certain be


Figure 11
Area Sacra di
S a n tO m o b o n o ,
Faade o f the A rch aic
Tem ple (R estored)

cause, although the sacred precinct here is well de (qq.v.) founded by Servius Tullius. The temples
fined, the nature of the adjacent areas is by no means turned their backs to the Vicus Iugarius, but the pre
entirely clear. The excavation of the area was begun cinct was entered from it by a large doorway be
in 1937 in preparation for the laying of foundations tween them. The celia of the Temple of M ater M a
for a large government building along the east side tuta was built into the church of S. Omobono and
of the Via del Teatro di M arcello (Via del Mare). cannot at present be studied in detail, but, because
With the discovery of important remains of antiquity the temples were twins, the plan can be recon
in the area that project was abandoned and the area structed. In their final phase, to be dated after the fire
surrendered to archaeology, which has pushed exca of 213 B .C . that destroyed the area from the Porta
vation to its modern boundaries but not gone be Trigmina to the Porta Carmentalis (Livy 2 4 .4 7 .1 5),
yond these, except on the north, where the search for each consisted of a small celia with a pronaos some
the Porta Carmentalis and for connection with ar what deeper than the celia, having two pairs of col
chitectural remains on the north side of the Vicus umns on the lines of the lateral walls of the celia,
Iugarius has led to exploration under a consider both celia and pronaos enclosed by a wall of tufa
able stretch of the modern street, though with blocks open only in front (south). The suggestion is
inconclusive results. Ever since the discovery of that the architectural form, while readily recogniz
this sanctuary, work has gone on there intermit able as a temple, was unusual, similar to that of the
tently, notably in 19611964 and 1 9 7 4 -1 9 7 5 , temple of the Ara della Regina at Tarquinia and the
when deep stratigraphic soundings were made. temple of Fiesole, great blank walls supporting a
Although much has been written about it, its spreading roof over an interior with architectural ar
temples, and the finds, a definitive report has yet rangements much like a temple complete in itself.
to appear. From the temple one descended three steps to the al
The most important feature is a pair of single-cella tar platform in front, an area much confused by re
temples set side by side on a large rectangular plat paving at various times, but preserving parts of a
form walled and paved with tufa. These were evi pair of large altars of archaic form on axis with the
dently twins throughout their history and are iden temples but facing east.
tified as the temples of Fortuna and M ater Matuta Deep soundings have been carried down to a


depth of more than 7 m, to virgin earth below any and C IL l 2.5 8 7 , 5 8 9 = IL S 38 (laws that seem to
trace of human habitation. At least six major phases have been displayed there). It was probably always a
of construction are distinguished. These include: (1) small area, but an association of n eg otiatores had
a pretemple phase; (2) a first temple of the archaic their headquarters there in the late first century b . c .
period, which in the course of time underwent an
important rebuilding with enlargement and renewal Area Splenis: listed in the regionary catalogues
of the terracotta decoration; (3) a destruction layer after the Area Apollinis in Regio I and confirmed by
followed by leveling, after which a deep layered fill a medieval legend in which thieves who were taking
containing heterogeneous material, some of which a miraculous picture of the Virgin from the ancient
goes back to the Bronze Age, was laid in (this is church of S. Sisto Vecchio on the Via Appia toward
dated to the early fourth century); (4) a construction the Lateran were stopped by supernatural manifes
level, the first phase of the surviving twin temples tations a d locu m qu i dicitur Spleni. There may have
and their altars, with use of blocks of Monteverde been a shrine to Splen as a divinity (cf. Cicero,
and Anio tufa; (5) a reconstruction following a fire N at.D . 3.6 3 ), or there may have been a connection
(almost certainly that of 213 B .C .) with repavement of the church of SS. Nereo ed Achille, Tituls Fas-
with flags of Monteverde tufa; and (6) an imperial ciolae, across the Via Appia from S. Sisto Vecchio,
repavement in travertine and rebuilding of the area with splenium meaning plaster or bandage. In
with commercial establishments following abandon that case the Area Splenis must be sought in the im
ment of the sanctuary as a cult center. mediate environs of S. Sisto.
The archaeological material recovered from the B u llC om 5 4 (1926): 4 9 - 5 3 (C. Hlsen).
deep soundings gives precious testimony to the im
portance of Rome from the beginning of the Iron Area Volcani (1): see Volcanal.
Age, if not earlier, as well as a wealth of decorative
and votive material belonging to the temples. O b Area Volcani (2): listed only in the N otitia, in Re
jects carved in bone, ivory, and amber, as well as gio IV after the Porticus Apsidata and before the
bronzes, have appeared, and the pottery ranges from Aura (Aureum Bucinum). If the sequence is signifi
impasto and bucchero through East Greek and Attic cant, which is doubtful, it might be in the vicinity of
black figure and on through Roman wares. The the Vicus Sandaliarius, northeast of Templum Pacis.
temple terracottas are especially impressive and in
clude fragments of two large felines from a pedi Argeorum Sacraria (Fig. 7 4 ): twenty-seven sa-
ment, archaic figured friezes, simas, and antefixes. craria (cf. Ulpian, Dig. 1 .8 .9 .2 : sacrarium est locus
O f particular interest are a late archaic group of M i in q u o sacra reponuntur) at points throughout the
nerva and Hercules at two-thirds life-size, Hercules city of the four regions (see Regiones Quattuor).
wearing his lions skin as though it were a coat belted These were visited on 16 and 17 March (Ovid, Fast.
at the waist, a fine circular base of peperino, and a 3 .7 9 1 ; A. Gellius 1 0 .1 5 .3 0 ), though what was done
fragmentary inscription that has been restored as a there at that time is not stated. On the Ides of May
dedication by M . Fulvius Flaccus from the spoils of they were visited again in fixed order, probably
Volsinii in 264 B .C . (cf. Pliny, H N 34.34). counterclockwise, by a procession in which the Fla
B u llC om 77 (1 9 5 9 -6 0 ): 3 -1 4 3 (A. M. Colim et men Dialis and Flaminica, the other chief priests, the
al.); 79 (1 9 6 3 -6 4 ): 3 - 9 0 (G. Colonna et al.), QITA Vestals, the praetor urbanus, and those for whom it
5 (1968): 6370 (P. Somella), 7176 (M. Torelli); was right (th em is: Dion. H al.1.38) to be present
Nash 1 .4 1 5 -1 7 ; PP 32 (1977): 9 -1 2 8 (A. M . Colini took part. This procession ended on the Pons Subli-
et al.); Coarelli 1988, 2 0 5 -3 0 1 ; L a gran de R o m a dei cius, and there the priests threw twenty-seven rush
Tarquini (1990): 1 1 1 -3 0 (G. Pisani Sartorio, A. dolls into the Tiber (Varro, Ling. 7 .4 4 ; Paulus ex
Sommella Mura, et al.). Fest. 14L, 4 5 0 -5 2 L ; Plutarch, Q uaest. R om . 3 2 , 86;
Dion. Hal. 1.38). Both the dolls and the sacraria
Area Saturni (Fig. 19): known only from inscrip were called Argei (Livy 1.21.5) or Argea (Paulus ex
tions (C/L l 2.810 = 14.153 = IL S 8 9 2; C IL 6.1265 Fest. 14L).
= ILS 5 9 3 7 ; C IL 8.9249). The lack of space in front In both ancient and modern times, this ceremony
of the Temple of Saturn suggests that the area may has excited the liveliest interest in students of Roman
have been an open space behind it, between the Vi- religion. Its foundation was ascribed by Livy to
cus Iugarius and the Clivus Capitolinus, but the Numa, and by Dionysius to Hercules, and it was
space between the clivus and the base of the Tabular- generally regarded as very old. but the partial list of
ium was also open down to the time of the building sacraria, as transmitted by Varro (Ling. 5 .4 5 -5 4 ),
of the Temple of Vespasian. Cf. Jordan 1 .2 .3 6 3 65 cannot be older than the third century. The Latin is

old-fashioned, and Varro was probably quoting is no justification for change, since the association
from the official record of the pontifices. It is, in a with trees is already implicit in the second element,
slightly edited version, as follows: and watering places are apt to have been at least as
common as groves from the very beginning and are
Regio Suburana apt to have been used as place designators from a
1st: In Suburanae regionis parte prin ceps est Caelius very early period. The variation in the devices on the
m ons. standards of the street fountains in Pompeii seems to
4th: C aeriolen sis: qu articep s circa M inervium qu a have been introduced especially for this purpose. The
in C aelio m on te itur in tabern ola est. This appears to last item, however, is puzzling; as a plebeian gentili-
be the neighborhood of the shrine of Minerva Capta cial name Poetelius is well known in the fifth and
(q.v.). The only ancient roads leading to the top of fourth centuries B .C ., but the family died out there
the Caelian are those leading to the Porta Caelimon- after. The name might be associated with either a lu
tana (Clivus Scauri) and to the Porta Querquetulana. cus or a lacus, but here Varro adds the particular
This should be a minor approach, probably some esquiliis as an element of the name, making the as
where on the slope between the Temple of Divus sociation with trees explicit. On the face of things
Claudius and the church of SS. Quattro Coronati. there is little justification for altering the manuscript
The phrase in tabern ola indicates that while the sa- readings.
crarium might best be described by reference to the 3rd: O ppius m on s: terticeps cis lacum (or lucum)
temple, it was independent of it. esquilinum ; d ex terio re via in tab ern o la est.
4th: O ppius m on s: qu articep s cis lacum E squ il
Regio Esquilina inum via d ex terio re in figlinis est. The figlinae should
1st: O ppiu s m on s: p rin cep s Esquilis ovis lacum (or be potters shops, or perhaps better a potters shop,
lucum) facu talem sinistra via secundum m erum est. but the Esquiline was not particularly noted for the
The Fagutal is well established to have been at the quality of its clay. It may be that the reference is to
western extremity of the Oppius, near the modern the story of the drunken potter told by Festus
church of S. Francesco di Paola. It is more likely to (468L).
have been a single beech tree than a grove; the only 5th: C espius m on s: qu inticeps cis lacum Poetelium
references to a grove are late, and Festus (Paulus ex E squiliis est. The plebeian Gens Poetelia produced
Fest. 77L) believed that Fagutal was the name of a several distinguished members in the fourth century
sacellum of Jupiter. M erum is generally believed to B .C ., but the name scarcely appears thereafter.
be a corruption of m oeru m (m urum ). The designa 6th: C espius m on s: sexticeps ap u d a ed em Iunonis
tion is believed to be a wall shrine. Lu cin ae, u bi aeditu m u s h a b ere solet. The location of
Varro says {Ling. 5 .4 9 -5 0 ) that the Esquiliae, the the Temple of Iuno Lucina at the southwestern ex
second of Rom es early regiones, got its name either tremity of the Cispian is well known. It is more puz
from watch posts of the king or because it was cul zling why it should be in the sacristans lodge, or why
tivated (ex cu lta e) by Servius Tullius. He favors the he should occupy a sacrarium.
latter explanation, because the place-names are in
harmony with it, and as examples he cites the lacus Regio Collina
. . . fagutalis and L aru m Q uerqu etu lan u m sacellum , 3rd: C ollis Q uirinalis: terticeps cis a ed em Quirini. If
the lucus M efitis et Iu n on is L u cin ae. Perhaps we one is going counterclockwise, the first two sacraria
should supply aed es before Iunonis. But lacus . . . fa would then presumably be on the Viminal, and one
gutalis was altered by Pomponio Leto, Varros first would descend Alta Semita after rounding the head
editor, to lucus, and he has been followed by every of the valley between Viminal and Quirinal. The sa
editor since, I believe wrongly. The reasoning behind crarium would be east of the Temple of Quirinus.
the change is that Varro, in citing places in the list of 4th: C ollis Salutaris: qu articep s adversum est f pi-
the Argei for Regio II, is citing groves, as in citing lonar\ cis aed em Salutis. One would like to see in
those for Regio III, the Collina, he cites colles. I have the corruption reference to a gateway to the Temple
no quarrel with this, but it seems to me unlikely that of Salus, because the hill is not large and the temple
the copyist of the manuscript would have got the lu was its main feature.
cus M efitis, about which we know from other 5th: C ollis M ucialis: qu inticeps ap u d a ed em D ei
sources, right and the lacus fagutalis wrong, since its Fidi; in d elu bro, u bi aeditu m u s h a b ere solet. (Cf. Re
name already associates it with a tree or trees. M ore gio Esquilina 6th.) The Temple of Semo Sancus Dius
over, lucus fagu talis amounts to a tautology. Fidius was near the Porta Sanqualis northwest of
So also in what follows: the manuscripts have modern Piazza Magnanapoli, but no remains are
lacum fagu talem , lacum esquilinum , lacum esquil- known.
inum, and lacum p oeteliu m . For the first three there 6th: C ollis L atiaris: sex ticep s in vico In steian o


su m m o ap u d auguraculum aedificiw n solum est. The B ridge (Rome 1961), 3 1 3 - 3 1 ; PP 26 (1971): 153
Vicus Insteius is known from a flood of water that 66 (G. Maddoli).
burst forth there in 2 1 4 B.C . (Livy 24 .2 0 .8 ) and is
probably to be located just behind the Forum Argiletum: The main approach to the Forum Ro-
Traiani. An auguraculum on the lowest lobe of the manum on the northeast, it connected the Subura
Quirinal seems incongruous; the view from it would and the forum square, debouching between the
have lain chiefly over the valley of the Forum Ro- Comitium and the Basilica Paulli (Fig. 39). Because
manum. If, as the description seems to declare, this the expansion of the imperial fora gradually ab
was the only one of the Argei that was an indepen sorbed portions of the Argiletum, it is of some im
dent building, it is odd that it is not described in portance to be able to define its beginning and end
greater detail. at various periods. For Livy (1.19.2) and Servius (ad
Aen. 7.607) the Ianus Geminus stood a d im um A r
Regio Palatina giletum or circa infim um A rgiletum , and a stretch of
5th: G erm alen se: quinticeps a p u d a ed em R om uli. roadway with ancient paving still runs along the side
This is the same as the Casa Romuli (q.v.) on the of the Curia today, though in its passage through the
slope along the Scalae Caci (q.v.), perhaps identical Forum Nervae (Transitorium) its character as a road
with the Tugurium Faustuli. The Scalae Caci now was probably obliterated. For Martial the Argiletum
seem positively identified, and hut foundations to the continued northeast of the Forum Transitorium and
northwest of the head of these have been found, but was a center of booksellers and cobblers (Martial
the Casa Romuli must have been farther down the 1 .2 .7 -8 , 1.3.1, 1 .1 1 7 .9 -1 2 , 2.1 7 ). Probably it was
slope toward the Lupercal. Apparently the doll was always the main thoroughfare of the Subura and did
kept in the hut. Because the Cermalus was only the not lose the name Argiletum until it divided into the
slope of the Palatine and not a well-defined geo Clivus Suburanus and Vicus Patricius. M artials pri-
graphical entity, this designation suggests that the m ae fau ces Suburae would then be the area just be
shrines (or dolls) served differently defined units. hind the Forum Transitorium.
6th: Veliense: sexticeps in Velia ap u d aed em deum Various fanciful explanations of the name Argile
Penatium. The Temple of the Penates seems to have tum were offered in antiquity, the most popular
disappeared in the fire of Nero and probably lay being that it derived from a Greek scoundrel (Varro,
under the platform of Hadrians Temple of Venus et Ling. 5 .1 5 7 ; Servius a d Aen. 8.345). Because it was
Roma. never called anything else, never via or vicus, and ran
along the side of the Cloaca until the stream was cul-
With thirteen of the twenty-seven shrines located for verted and put under the road in the second century
us, we are in a position to say something about them. B .C ., the name may be connected with argilla.
They seem to have been equally distributed among Nash 1 .1 5 1 -5 3 .
the four regions, so the missing twenty-eighth must
be due to some calamity or evil omen that caused it Arm amentarium: an armory, evidently connected
to be dropped. They are not simply places spaced out with the Colosseum, associated in the regionary cat
at equal intervals around the city; each has, and ap alogues with the Spoliarium (q.v.) and Samiarium
parently always had, a particular location. That they (q.v.). It is listed in Regio II. Because we know that
are not associated with temples, so that even when at least one of the individual gladiatorial ludi had its
they are in the charge of a sacristan it is he and not own armamentarium (C IL 6 .1 0 1 6 4 = IL S 51 5 3 ), we
the temple that is specified, suggests that they were should perhaps think of this as serving only for the
regarded as potentially dangerous. Moreover, some Colosseum itself.
are located so vaguely that anyone at all unfamiliar
with them would have difficulty finding them, and Armamentarium (in Castris Praetoriis): see
all are imprecisely enough defined that even someone C astra Praetoria.
familiar with the ritual might after the lapse of a year
have more than a little trouble locating them. This Armilustrium: a square (Livy 27 .3 7 .4 ) on the Av-
vagueness suggests they were to some extent delib entine where the festival of the Armilustrium was
erately hidden and had to be discovered from the celebrated annually on 19 October. It is listed first in
clues given. That the priests threw the dolls in Regio X III by the regionary catalogues, and by vari
the Tiber from the Pons Sublicius, therefore into the ous arguments it can be shown probably to have
river at its greatest strength, suggests this was a rite been on the northwest corner of the hill, northwest
of lustration, and so Plutarch (Q u aest. R om . 86) de of the church of S. Sabina. It must have contained an
scribes it. altar, presumably of Mars (Paulus ex Fest. 17L),
Jordan 2 .2 3 7 -9 0 ; L. A. Holland, Jan u s an d the probably at its center, and was probably bordered at

least in part by a portico with square marble pillars that in ancient times in periods of imminent danger
embellished with chu tes d arm es, two of which are there might be displayed on the Capitoline a red
in the octagonal gallery of the Uffizi in Florence vexillum to summon the foot soldiers and a blue
(R om M itt 48 [1933]: 1 -7 3 [I. W. Crous]). one to summon the cavalry. The custom had fallen
The ceremony of the Armilustrium was the closing out of use by his time, and he adds that other author
of the war season. The Salii purified the arms of the ities would have it that a rose-colored vexillum was
Romans by dancing with the ancilia, and trumpets a signal of war and a white one was a signal of
were blown in accompaniment (Paulus ex Fest. 17L). comitia.
There was a sacrifice and probably a dedication of In imperial times the lower slopes of the hill, ex
captured arms to M ars, if there was booty. The Ar cept toward the Forum Romanum, were covered
milustrium square gave its name to the Vicus Armi- with commercial and residential buildings, some of
lustri, almost certainly the ancient road under the them sizable insula complexes. One brought to light
modern Via di S. Sabina. with the removal of the church of S. Rita de Cascia
R om M itt 48 (1933): 1 -1 1 9 (I. W. Crous); De- in 1927 ran to at least five storeys and extended back
grassi 5 2 3 24. nearly to the Museo Capitolino. Probably such de
velopment ringed most of the hill.
A rx (Figs. 19, 5 8 ): The fortified summit of the Cap- Jordan 1 .2 .1 0 2 15; Lugli 1946, 3 - 5 3 ; Nash
itoline Hill, also called Arx Capitolina (Livy 6 .2 0 .9 , 1 .5 0 6 -7 ; A JA H 3 (1978): 1 6 3 -7 8 (T. P. Wiseman).
2 8 .3 9 .1 5 ; Val. M ax. 8 .1 4 .1 ; Tacitus, Hist. 3.71). Be
cause a distinction seems frequently made between A rx Tarpeia: an alternative name for the Arx Cap
Arx and Capitoline, as, for example, in arce aut C ap- itolina used by Vergil (Aen. 8.652) and Propertius
itolio (Livy 6 .2 0 .1 3 ; Val. M ax. 6.3.1a), it has been (4.4.29).
supposed that the arx was the slightly higher north
ern height of the Capitoline Hill, and the Capitoline Asinus Frictus: a place designation used in a
proper was the southern height, originally called Sa- twelfth century document to locate a church of SS.
turnius Mons (Varro, Ling. 5.42) or Tarpeius Mons Cosma e Damiano subject to the convent of S. Er-
(Varro, Ling. 5.4 1 ). But arx is a common noun, not asmo, probably the same as that described in a doc
a proper name, and both heights had to be provided ument of 978 as p osita R o m a e region e 11 iuxta for-
with strong defenses to prevent an enemy from oc m am C laudia. This would place it on the Caelian,
cupying either and hurling missiles from that vantage and the convent lay to the west of S. Stefano Ro-
point. And the two heights must have had a single tondo (HCh 249) and was associated with the
fortification system, which included the saddle be church of S. Tomaso de Formis. It seems possible
tween them (cf. Pliny, H N 16.216). This seems ade that the Asinus Frictus refers to a low passage
quately demonstrated by the stories of the defense of through the aqueduct. It might even be a joking
the Capitoline during the siege of the Gauls and by name for the Arcus Dolabellae et Silani (q.v.).
Flavius Sabinus against the soldiers of Vitellius (Livy
5 .3 9 .9 -4 3 .3 , 4 6 .8 -4 7 .1 0 ; Tacitus, Hist. 3 .6 9 -7 3 ). Asylum (Fig. 19): an area on the Capitoline inter
The term arx would have been used especially for d u os lucos, in the saddle between the two crests of
those parts outside the Area Capitolina but within the hill. The identification of the two groves is en
the fortifications, but the name arx should not apply tirely uncertain. The Asylum took its name from the
to the lower slopes. tradition that here Romulus welcomed and accepted
The arx was the site of the house of Titus Tatius into citizenship in the new city all comers eager for a
(Solinus 1.21) and that of M. Manlius Capitolinus, change in their circumstances (Livy 1 .8 .5 -6 ; Dion.
which was pulled down in 3 8 4 B .C . At that time it Hal. 2 .1 5 .3 - 4 ; Strabo 5 .3 .2 [230]). It was a locus
was decreed that no patrician should thenceforth live saeptu s (Cicero, Div. 2.40) and respected down at
on the arx or Capitoline (Livy 5 .4 7 .8 , 6.2 0 .1 3 ). On least to the time of the Flavian defense of the Capitol
the site of this house was later built the Temple of against the Vitellians (Tacitus, Hist. 3.7 1 ), but there
luno Moneta (see Iuno Moneta, Aedes). The only seems never to have been any building there. The evi
other landmark there was the Auguraculum near the dence suggests that it was a trapezoidal area imme
brow on the southeast, an observation point where diately in front of the Palazzo del Senatore, now
the augurs took the auspices. largely taken up by the exterior stairs of the palazzo.
In early times, when the comitia centuriata were Lugli 1946, 3 8 - 3 9 .
held in the Campus Martius, sentinels were posted,
and a flag was flown on the arx and on the Jani- Athenaeum: an assembly hall used especially for
culum to guard against an unforeseen enemy attack rhetorical and poetical declamations (S.H.A. Perti-
(Cass. Dio 37 .2 8 ). Servius (ad Aen. 8.1) also tells us nax 11.3, A lex. Sev. 3 5 .2 , G ordian . 3.4) but also for


other gatherings (Cass. Dio 74.17). Attached to it Varro being the only living writer represented (Pliny,
was a large library arranged in cunei (Sidon. Apoll., H N 7.115). This was built from the spoils of his Il
Epist. 2 .9 .4 ), perhaps like the library of Timgad. It lyrian campaign, for which he enjoyed a triumph (Is
was built by Hadrian, but there is no indication of idore, Orig. 6 .5 .2 ; Ovid, Trist. 3 .1 .7 1 7 2 ; Pliny, H N
its location in our sources. Because it was originally 3 5 .1 0). He also embellished it with his very extensive
intended as a school of the liberal arts (Aur. Viet., collection of sculpture, though this seems not to have
Caes. 1 4 .2 -3 ), it should have been a fairly large been in a special gallery (Pliny, H N 3 6 .2 3 -2 5 and
building, and because Aurelius Victor puts it at the 3 3 -3 4 ). At this time it probably covered much of the
beginning of Hadrians reign, we might associate it area of the Basilica Ulpia, which was in some sense a
with his other early works in Rome, the Temple of rebuilding of the atrium, commemorated by the in
Divus Traianus, the Pantheon, and the Temple of scription l i b e r t a t i s on the fragment of the Marble
Diva Matidia. See also Atrium Minervae, for which Plan preserving the north apse (FUR pi. 2 8 ; Rodri
this may be another name. guez pi. 21). A contingent of German soldiers was
TAPS 80.2 (1990): 4 2 - 4 5 (R. E. A. Palmer). housed or stationed there during the last days of Gal-
bas reign (Tacitus, Hist. 1.31).
Atrium: see Domus, Insula, Atrium, etc. Three inscriptions of the early imperial period re
fer to this atrium: C IL 6 .4 7 0 = ILS 3 7 8 0 , C IL
Atria Licinia: large auction halls of the time of Ci 6 .4 7 2 = IL S 27 4, and C IL 6.1 0 0 2 5 . The second of
cero, probably near the Forum Romanum, perhaps these records a restoration by Nerva. Another resto
northeast of it (Cicero, Q uinct. 12, 2 5 ; Servius a d ration, evidently an important one, was carried out
Aen. 1.726). in the sixth century under Theodoric (C IL
6 .1 7 9 4 = IL S 825), so at least the library appears to
Atria Septem: mentioned only by the Chronogra- have kept its original name. Ovid (Fast. 4 .6 2 1 24) is
pher of 354 as buildings of Domitian, the first item apparently mistaken in giving the dedication day as
in a long and very full list, followed by the Horrea 13 April; that belongs to the Temple of Iuppiter Li
Piperataria. They have not been identified. bertas on the Aventine (Degrassi 440).
R en dL in c, ser. 8.1 (1946): 2 7 6 -9 1 (F. Casta-
Atrium C aci: listed in the regionary catalogues in gnoli); M EFRA 91 (1979): 6 0 1 -2 2 (M. Bonnejond);
Regio VIII following the Aquam Cernentem IIII Sca Anderson 2126.
res and before the Porticus Margaritaria (Curiosum)
and the Vicus Iugarius et Unguentarius, Graecostad Atrium M aenium: probably a private house,
ium, and Porticus M argaritaria (N otitia). This might bought in 184 B .C . by Cato the Elder, together with
indicate a place near the Porta Carmentalis. four tabernae and the Atrium Titium as land for the
Basilica Porcia. It was in lautum iis (see Lautumiae)
Atrium Cyclopis: see Antrum Cyclopis. on the Clivus Argentarius, probably a simple atrium
house, the shops being those that would normally
Atrium Libertatis: the headquarters of the censors flank a house entrance on a busy thoroughfare. PA
and a repository for their records and various laws thinks it would have been an office or hall rather
and documents inscribed on bronze (Livy 4 3 .1 6 .1 3 , than a house, but at this date there were probably a
4 5 .1 5 .5 ; Granius Licinianus 28 .3 6 ). It served as a good many private houses near the forum. See also
place of detention for the hostages from Thurii and Columna Maenia.
Tarentum in the Second Punic War (Livy 25.7.12) Livy 3 9 .4 4 ; pseudo-Asconius a d Cic. Div. in Caec.
and was the place where the slaves of Clodius were 50 (Stangl 201).
examined prior to the trial of M ilo (Cicero, M ilon.
59). In exceptional circumstances it was used for Atrium M inervae: listed by the regionary cata
meetings of the senate. It stood just inside the Porta logues in Regio VIII. Dio (51.22) says that the Chal-
Fontinalis, between this and the Forum Iulium, fac cidicum built by Octavian in conjunction with the
ing on the Clivus Argentarius (Cicero, Att. 4.1 6 .1 4 ). Curia Iulia was also called the Athenaion, and it has
In 193 B .C ., for the convenience of the censors, a por been proposed that Atrium Minervae is simply a
tico was built from the gate to the Altar of Mars in translation of this, or vice versa. But the coins show
the Campus Martius, where the census was held ing the Curia Iulia clearly show only a single hall of
(Livy 35 .1 0 .1 2 ). It was restored and enlarged in 194 the general lines of the curia as rebuilt by Diocletian,
B.C . (Livy 34.4 4 .5 ) and rebuilt magnificently by Asi- with a light colonnaded porch on a high platform in
nius Pollio (Suetonius, Aug. 29 .5 ), who included the front of it and extending to either side. If this is the
first public library in Rome, containing both Greek Chalcidicum, it would never have been called an
and Latin writers and busts of distinguished writers, atrium. No one knows exactly what the architectural


form of a chalcidicum should be, or precisely what Atrium Regium: mentioned only by Livy as one of
the word means. In both the examples where we the buildings lost in the fire of 2 1 0 B.C . (Livy
have good evidence, Leptis Magna and Pompeii, the 2 6 .2 7 .3 , 2 7 .1 1 .1 6 ). Because this fire burned from the
chalcidicum is the first member of a complex to be Lautumiae along the northeast side of the Forum Ro-
named and seems to be a colonnaded porch of spe manum, and the Temple of Vesta was barely saved
cial importance (C IL 1 0 .8 1 0 11 = IL S 3 7 8 5 : cbalci- from destruction, this is more likely to be the Regia
dicum , cryptam , p orticu s; J. M . Reynolds and J. B. than the Atrium Vestae.
Ward-Perkins, T h e In scription s o f R om an Tripoli- A recent attempt to identify the Atrium Regium
tania [Rome 1952], 3 2 4 : calchidicu m et p orticu s et with the basilica of Plautus, Cure. 4 7 2 (Arctos 21
porta et via). Therefore, all our evidence at present [1987]: 1 7 4 -7 6 [E. M . Steinby]), seems unlikely to
points to Octavians chalcidicums being the raised be right. It puts the Curculio too early, and the trans
and colonnaded porch shown, which was lacking in lation of the name into Latin between Plautus and
Diocletians building and probably suppressed at the Livy is hard to account for.
time Domitian rebuilt the curia.
A measured drawing of the plan of the complex of Atrium Sutorium: a building in which the Tubilus-
the churches of S. Adriano (the Curia Diocletiani) trium, the solemn purification, with sacrifice of a ewe
and S. M artina by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane lamb, of the trumpets used in sacred rituals, was per
shows a tripartite building, a large apsidal hall (S. formed on 23 March and 23 May (Degrassi 429,
Adriano), a smaller apsidal hall (SS. Luca e Martina), 4 6 0 ; cf. Varro, Ling. 6 .1 4 ; Ovid, Fast. 3 .8 4 9 50,
and an intermediate complex consisting of a long 5 .7 2 5 -2 6 ; Festus 480L ). There is no indication
hall with a row of supports down the middle and a where the atrium might have been, unless the name
walled courtyard. All three members were long con of the Vicus Sandaliarius is a vestige of an original
sidered originally ancient. They are identified by concentration of shoemaking and it was on or near
Lugli (Lugli 1946, 1 3 1 -3 8 ) as Curia, Atrium Miner- this.
vae, and Secretarium Senatus. But we now know that
the Secretarium Senatus was one of the tabernae of Atrium Titium: see Atrium Maenium.
the Forum Iulium (L. Bonfante and H. von Heintze,
eds., In M em oriam : O tto ]. B ren del [Mainz 1976], Atrium Vestae (Figs. 12, 13): the building in which
1 9 1 -2 0 4 [E. Nash, Secretarium Senatus]). But the Vestal Virgins lived (A. Gellius 1 .1 2 .9 ; Pliny, Ep-
study of the plan of Sangallo and the excavated re ist. 7.1 9 .2 ), except when illness forced them from it,
mains of the Forum Iulium shows that whereas most at which time they were entrusted to the care of some
of the walls of S. M artina have no relation to those reputable matron. The name was sometimes ex
of the Forum Iulium, those of the northeast and tended (cf. Ovid, Fast. 6 .2 6 3 -6 4 ) to include the
southeast sides were based on forum walls and very group of buildings clustered around the Temple of
likely incorporated in their fabric remains of an an Vesta: the Regia, the Domus Publica of the pontifex
cient building aligned with the Curia above the ta maximus (Suetonius, lul. 46), and even the Lucus
bernae of the forum. This suggests that Dio, being Vestae extending in republican times from the base
familiar only with the Domitianic rebuilding of the of the Palatine to the Nova Via (Cicero, Div. 1.101).
Curia and such modifications as were made in it and Gradually these were encroached on by other build
subsequently to it, did not understand the word ch al ings or absorbed into the atrium itself, until in the
cidicum as used in the R es G estae D ivi August! and early imperial period the only ones surviving were
interpreted it to mean the annexes to the curia, the Temple of Vesta, Regia, and Atrium, three quite
which were the Athenaeum of Hadrian. separate structures. Serviuss statement (ad Aen.
On this interpretation, when the curia was rebuilt 7.153) that the Temple of Vesta was not founded
by Domitian, the chalcidicum was either suppressed with inauguration, so the senate could not meet here
or moved to the northeast end of the curia, and the but could meet in the Atrium Vestae, is probably
Athenaeum was added by Hadrian. only a bit of antiquarian lore, because we know of
O puscu la Instituti R o m a e Finlandiae 1 (1982): no such meeting and it seems a very unlikely place
2 5 - 4 0 (A. Franchetti); Anderson 4 9 - 5 1 , 1 2 2 -2 5 . for a senate meeting.
The building, almost as large as the Basilica Iulia
Atrium Publicum: a building in C ap itolio that and much larger, one would think, than the needs of
lightning struck in 2 1 4 B .C . (Livy 2 4 .1 0 .9 ). This may the six Vestal Virgins would require, lies between the
be what Polybius (3.26.1) calls the treasury of the Sacra Via and the Nova Via, south and east of the
quaestors, with the information that the treaties be Temple of Vesta. It has a very complicated building
tween Rome and Carthage were kept there in his day. history, modifications having been introduced in



Figure 12
A trium Vestae, Plan o f
Republican and Early
Im perial Rem ains

nearly every generation. O f the republican period upper storey, probably leading to new living quar
there are remains at a lower level and on a com ters. The main entrance to the atrium was made a
pletely different orientation at an angle of nearly broad door approached by a wide flight of steps at
forty-five degrees to the walls of the imperial period. the northwest corner near the temple.
Excavations were first made in 1549, and intensive In the time of Trajan there was a very extensive
exploration of the building was conducted in 1883 renovation of the atrium. The east end of the build
and 1 8 9 9 -1 9 0 2 . New excavations were undertaken ing was reconstructed at monumental scale with a
there by R. T. Scott beginning in 1987 and still con great central exedra flanked by banks of small rooms
tinue. with windows to large lateral courts containing
Rebuilt before the fire of Nero, but part of his re fountains. Additional rooms to north and south of
organization of the Sacra Via, the building seems to the eastern court were also built, to create which sev
have consisted of a large rectangular court sur eral of the tabernae at the east end of the northern
rounded by rooms of various sizes with little inter line and whatever was left of the eastern line were
communication among them. The cells of the indi sacrificed. A number of rooms were broken up into
vidual Vestal Virgins seem to have lain along the smaller spaces, and in some places hypocausted
north side, the public rooms on the south. Presum floors and cellars were installed. One begins to see
ably the court was colonnaded and contained a gar the influence of the planning of apartments of Ostian
den. The eastern reaches are enigmatic but seem to type, and probably a whole new second storey was
have been separated off from the rest. Toward the now added.
exterior was a line of tabernae opening to the exte Under Hadrian the little Aedicula Vestae was
rior to the east and another opening to a portico to built west of the main entrance to the Atrium, a
the north. After the fire of Nero the colonnades of pretty shrine of two unfluted columns and a trian
the court were rebuilt and a large shallow rectangu gular pediment on a low base. It has been supposed
lar tank installed in the middle of the open area, pos that this contained a statue of Vesta, but ordinarily
sibly for the breeding of fish. M ost of the bank of there seems to have been a prohibition on statues of
individual cells was destroyed and replaced by a this divinity, because she was in essence the fire itself.
more elaborate group of rooms with a stair to an Under the Severans came the last great remodeling


Plan after the

Severan Rebuilding

of the atrium, following a fire that destroyed part of impossible to make out the usage of all but a few
the building in the time of Commodus. The central parts at any given period. Obviously some of the
court was now extended to become the dominant rooms were reception rooms, others for living. None
feature for the rooms in the eastern parts as well as seems especially designed for cult use, though many
the western, and given colonnades of cipollino with of the activities of the Vestal Virgins, such as the
an upper storey of breccia corallina. Later a huge careful and elaborate preparation of the m ola salsa
central feature of octagonal shape divided into required for every official sacrifice, presumably
wedges around a circular center, perhaps the foun would have been performed here. As we see it, this is
dation of a pavilion or a flower bed, was also added. more a splendid setting for formal entertainments
Small rectangular tanks to either side of this were for than anything else, the p ia n o n ob ile of a Renaissance
water and fish. A collection of statues of Virgines palazzo, fronted by and concealed behind lines of
Vestales M axim ae on inscribed pedestals stood shops.
around the court; presumably additions were made Bloch 6 7 -8 5 ; Lugli 1946, 2 0 8 -1 2 ; Nash 1 .1 5 4 -
to it regularly. A statue of Nerva of the time of Tra 5 9 ; R en dP on tA cc 5 1 -5 2 (1 9 7 8 -8 0 ): 3 2 5 -5 5 , espe
jan was also found here (B u llC om 4 7 [1919]: 2 1 1 - cially 3 2 5 46 (G. Carettoni); Q A rchE tr 16 (1988):
24 [C. Anti]). Six large brick arches were added 182 6 (R. T. Scott et al.).
about the same time to buttress the east end of the
south front of the building along the Nova Via and Auditorium M aecenatis: the modern name given
smaller ones were added along the south part of the a nymphaeum discovered in 1874 between Via Mer-
east front, presumably in connection with changes in ulana and Via Leopardi built across the Servian
the upper storey. Changes thereafter were only mi Walls, therefore within the area of the Horti M ae
nor. cenatis (q.v.). It is a rectangular room sunk 7 m be
At no time does the Atrium Vestae seem to have low ground level and approached by a ramp. At the
included an atrium of traditional form, perhaps be far end is an apse in which a hemicycle of six concen
cause it antedated the invention of that form. It is tric steps leads up to a ring of five deep rectangular


niches, while along each side wall are six larger rec edge of this part of the imperial palace is woefully
tangular niches. A series of orifices in the edge of the incomplete. C1L 6 .9 7 6 = 1LS 3 1 7 may refer to a res
top step shows these were for a cascade, and the toration of this building by Hadrian.
niches probably held fountain figures. The main
room is paved with fine mosaic, and the niches are Augustus, A ra: an altar dedicated by Tiberius in
painted with landscape. The rest of the decoration is Augustuss lifetime, known only from the Fasti Prae-
in the Third Pompeian Style. A date toward the be nestini; the day of dedication was 17 January (De-
ginning of the Christian era is indicated by the con grassi 401).
struction as well. The relation of the Servian Walls
to the building remains enigmatic, but there seems Augustus, Divus, Sacrarium: a shrine to Divus
clearly to have been one. Augustus in Regio X at the site of his birthplace ad
B u llC om 2 (1874): 1 3 7 -7 3 (V. Vespignani and L. C apita B u bu la (q.v.). It is mentioned by Suetonius
Visconti); Neuerburg 2 0 4 - 5 ; Nash 1 .1 6 0 -6 3 ; (Aug. 5.1), who says that it existed in his day but
R om a cap itale 1 8 7 0 1911 (show catalogue, Venice was built only some time after Augustuss death, and
1983), 2 2 5 -5 2 (S. Rizzo and C. Scondurra). in inscriptions (C IL 6 .2 3 2 9 , 2330b = IL S 4 9 9 2 ,
4 9 9 3 ). It was built by Livia as Iulia Augusta (Pliny,
Auguraculum (1): an observation post on the Cap- N H 12.94) and after her deification rededicated by
itoline in arce, probably marked off by cippi, where Tiberius (Cass. Dio 5 6 .4 6 .3 ) as the Templum Divi
the augurs took the auspices and from which the fe- Augusti et Divae Augustae (C IL 6 .4 2 2 2 = IL S 4995).
tials took the verben ae for striking treaties. Varro It was called Aedes Divorum in Palatio by the Arval
{Ling. 7.8) gives the formula for laying out an au Brethren (C IL 6 .2 0 3 5 = 3 2 3 4 9 , 2 0 8 7 , 32379) and,
gural templum there, and Livy (1.24) gives the for perhaps loosely, Caesaraeum (C IL 6.2104). This is
mulae for investing fetials with their office. Livy probably also the Aedes Caesarum of Suetonius
(1 .1 8 .6 -1 0 ) also gives a description of the ritual of (G alb. 1) that was struck by lightning in a . d . 69, at
augury there. Everyone specifies that it was in arce, which time all the heads fell and the scepter was
but the only more precise information we get is that dashed from the hand of Augustus.
Claudius Centumaluss house on the Caelian ob
structed the augurs sight line and therefore had to Augustus, Divus, Templum: one of the thorniest
be pulled down (Cicero, O ff. 3.6 6 ), whereas Livy problems in all of the topography of ancient Rome,
says that for the auspices Numa was seated on a a temple built by Tiberius (Cass.Dio 57 .1 0 .2 ). Tiber
stone facing south. It was always a very simple affair, ius either did not finish it, or finished it but did not
the only building being a hut of thatch, presumably dedicate it (Suetonius, Tib. 4 7 ; Tacitus, Ann. 6.45).
periodically rebuilt (Vitruvius 2.1 .5 ). It may have It was dedicated by Caligula (Suetonius, Calig. 21),
lain at the head of the Sacra Via facing the Alban the day of dedication probably being 5 October, and
Mount. the statue of Diva Livia was added by Claudius
AJA 82 (1978): 2 4 0 42 (L. Richardson); (Cass.Dio 60.5). It was used by Caligula as one of
B u llC om 87 (1 9 8 0 -8 1 ): 1 9 -2 3 (G. Gianelli). the supports for his famous bridge connecting the
Palatine with the Capitoline (Suetonius, Calig. 22). It
Auguraculum (2): mentioned only by Varro (Ling. was destroyed by fire sometime before a . d . 79 (Pliny,
5.50) in his list of the Argeorum Sacraria (q.v.) as the TIN 12.94) and evidently restored by Domitian, at
sixth sacrarium of the Regio Collina on the Collis which time it was connected with, or close to, a
Latiaris, the lowest lobe of the Quirinal. The reading shrine of Minerva, possibly the library mentioned
is corrupt, the manuscripts having auraculum , so below (Martial 4 .5 3 .1 -2 ; C IL 1 6 .3 6 -1 5 7 , 1 6 0 -8 9 ).
there is some doubt about this, and we do not know It was extensively restored by Antoninus Pius, whose
much about the topography of the Collis Latiaris. coins show it as octastyle with Corinthian capitals
and containing two statues. The last mention of it is
Auguratorium: listed by the regionary catalogues in a military diploma of a . d . 2 98 (C IL 16.156).
in Regio X ; mentioned by the M irabilia (Jordan It is shown on coins of Caligula (B. M. Coins,
2 .6 3 7 ; V Z 3.58): u bi est S. C aesarius fu it au gu rato R om . E m p. 1 Caligula nos. 4 1 - 4 3 , 58, 69) as hex-
rium C aesaris. Hlsen (HCh 2 3 2 -3 3 ) locates the astyle with Ionic or Corinthian columns, a sculp
church of S. Caesarius in the so-called Stadium of tured pediment, and, on the roof, a central acroter-
Domitian, or Hippodromus Palatii, in the Domus ion of a quadriga and lateral acroteria of Romulus
Augustiana. Because these are now our only sources with the sp o lia o p im a and Aeneas leading Ascanius
for this landmark, they must be accepted, and any and carrying Anchises. As rebuilt by Antoninus and
attempt to attach this to the Curia Saliorum or any shown very frequently on his coins (B. M. Coins,
other augural templum is quite futile. Our knowl R om . E m p. 4 Antoninus Pius nos. 916, 9 3 8 43,


1652, 1718, 1729, 2 0 5 1 , 2 0 6 3 - 6 6 , 2 0 7 0 , 2 0 7 2 , The decoration, although in very poor condition

2 0 7 9 , 2 0 9 8 ), it is octastyle with Corinthian columns today, except for some parts of the vault, is an im
portant document for the development of the Third
and the same program of acroteria.
In literature it is called Templum Augusti or Divi Pompeian Style in Rome, being an example roughly
Augusti, except by M artial (4.53.2) and Suetonius contemporary with the decorations of the house
(Tib. 74), who call it Templum Novum, a name that found in the gardens of Villa Farnesina known as the
it seems to have been given early and that appears in Casa della Farnesina. The walls are still treated ar
the Acta Fratrum Arvalium (e.g., C IL 6 .3 2 3 4 6 .1 0 , chitectonically with columns and pillars that rise
2 0 4 1 .5 , 2 0 4 2 a .28 = IL S 2 3 0 , C IL 6 .2 0 5 1 .1 4 ), along from the dado to a deep frieze just under the vault
with the variant Templum Divi Augusti Novum (C IL and an elaborate central aedicula with an arched
6 .2 0 2 8 e .l2 , 2 0 4 4 c.5 , 3 2 3 4 5 ). It contained a paint opening framing a subject picture. The rest of the
ing of Hyacinthus by Nicias of Athens (Pliny, H N wall is divided into three zones, the two lower ones
35.131) and other treasures (Pliny, H N 12.94). Con being treated as a continuous wall, the upper one as
nected with it was a library, the Bibliotheca Templi space developing behind this in which we get
Divi Augusti (q.v.) or Templi Novi established by T i glimpses of architecture. The continuous wall is di
berius. It is generally agreed that the large Domi- vided between a deep lower zone painted with elab
tianic building of brick-faced concrete often pro orate landscapes, some of which run behind col
posed to be the Temple of Augustus is rather an umns, while others are marked off by them. There
entrance hall to the Domus Tiberiana. The temple is are also plain panels with floating erotes. Above
presumed to lie somewhere to the west of this, be these is a relatively deep band framed at base and top
hind the Basilica Iulia, in an area that has never been with running ornaments, the top developed as a cor
nice. This is embellished with a series of individually
B u llC om 69 (1941): 2 9 -5 8 (G. Lugli); Lugli 1946, framed panels containing single figures and two-
1 8 5 -9 1 ; Nash 1 .1 6 4 ; A then aeu m 52 (1974): 2 8 7 - figure groups posed in artificial scrolling. All the ar
chitecture is covered with ornament and brilliantly
88 (R. E. A. Palmer).
colored in a very rich palette. Egyptianizing motifs
A ugustus M o n s : Tacitus (Ann. 4.64) relates that and figures abound, especially those pertaining to the
after a fire on the Caelian had destroyed a great area, cult of Isis, hence the name given to the chamber. But
a statue of Tiberius there had miraculously remained the subjects of the landscapes are teasing and elusive,
unscathed. It was therefore proposed in the senate except for a possible disembarkation of Helen and
that the name of the Caelian be changed to Augus Paris, with little that suggests Egypt. It seems un
tus. Suetonius (Tib. 48.1) says that Tiberius ordered likely that the room was actually used for cult prac
this. If there was any such gesture, it was short-lived. tices.
The Aula Isiaca is usually dated to the time of Ca
Aula Isiaca: a large vaulted hall discovered by Boni ligula, because of his known interest in the cult of
in 1912 under the Basilica in the north corner of Isis. However, the painting belongs rather to early
the Domus Augustiana. It had been discovered ear than to fully developed Third Style. It is not far in
character from the decorations of the Casa della Far
lier in the excavations of the Farnese family in 1724,
at which time careful copies of the paintings were nesina, which are usually assigned an Augustan date.
made, which are precious documents for the recon G. E. Rizzo, L e pitture d ellA ula Isiaca di C aligola
(M onum enti d ella pittura antica scop erti in Italia,
struction of the decoration today. The hall is propor
ser. 3, Roma fasc. 2 [Rome 1 9 36]); NSc 25 (1971):
tionately long and narrow, with one curved end, lit
only through its doors and by a rectangular window 3 2 3 -2 6 (G. Carettoni).
high in the apsidal wall. It had a complicated archi
tectural history, having been modified repeatedly, so Aura: listed by the regionary catalogues in Regio IV,
the walls show construction going back to fine small together with the equally mysterious Bucinum (au-
reticulate facing and coming down to brick facing, reum bucinum , N ot.) and then mentioned in medie
the apse being a late feature. The hall was not iso val documents that place it behind the Basilica Con-
lated, but part of a larger complex, of which almost stantini and frequently connect it with an Arcus
nothing is known. It was destroyed by the construc Aurae or Arcus Aureus that is the entrance to the
tion of a large reservoir, probably semicircular, but Forum Transitorium east of the Temple of Minerva
divided into chambers of roughly equal width by (see Forum Nervae). Representations of the seasons
parallel walls, that is believed to belong to the D o as allegorical figures are often called Horae, but
mus Transitoria of Nero. This cuts through the there is no real support for the notion that such a
middle of the hall, and at this time the hall and the statue might be meant.
complex to which it belonged were buried. HCh 177, 3 1 2 , 3 1 6 , 5 8 4 , 596.


Aurelii: see Sepulcrum Aureliorum.

Aureum Bucinum: the reading of the manuscripts

of the N otitia for Aura Bucinum in the C uriosum
(see Aura and Bucinum).

Aventinus Mons (Fig. 14): the southernmost of the

seven hills of Rome, lying southeast of the Tiber, di
vided into two heights, the Aventinus M aior and Av
entinus Minor, or Aventine and Little Aventine
(sometimes also called pseudo-Aventine), with a dis
tinct cleft between them, down which ran the Vicus
Portae Raudusculanae (Viale Aventino, Via di Porta
S. Paolo). The slopes of the Aventinus M aior toward
the river are precipitous, and those toward the south
west are very steep, so this hill has a very distinct
geographical formation, but both heights were in
cluded in the circuit of the Servian Walls, and tradi
tion held that Remus took his auspices for the found
ing of the city from the Saxum or Remoria on the
Aventinus Minor. A fragment of the Acta Fratrum
Arvalium (NSc 1914, 4 6 6 , 4 7 3 ; IL S 9522) shows
. .
that in a d 240, though there was a distinction be
tween the Aventinus M aior and Aventinus Minor,
together they were considered a single geographical
unit. Such now proves to have been the case with
most of the lobes of the larger hills.
In the names given to the Augustan divisions of the
city, Regio X III is called Aventinus, while Regio XII,
which includes the Aventinus Minor, is Piscina Pub-
lica, but, because both names are apt to be relatively
late, the significance of this is minimal. Although the
evidence of Ennius (Cicero, Div. 1.107) is equivocal,
that of numerous other ancient authors seems quite
unequivocal that the two parts of the Aventine were
regarded as a single hill (see, e.g., Livy 1 .6.4; Plu
tarch, R om . 9 .4 ; Paulus ex Fest. 3 4 4 45L). ious towns conquered by Rome shows (Livy 1.33.2; Figure 14
It seems quite clear that for some reason the Av Dion. Hal. 3.4 3 ). Later parts of it were taken over M o n s Aventinus,

entine, though included within the circuit of the Ser ..

unlawfully, until in 4 5 6 b c a Lex Icilia was passed E m porium , M ons
T estaceus, G eneral
vian Walls, was excluded from the pomerium until giving it to the plebs for distribution among them Plan Show ing Known
the time of Claudius. It was certainly not included in (Dion. Hal. 1 0 .3 1 -3 2 ; Livy 3 .3 1 .1 ). Throughout the Rem ains o f Antiquity
the city of the four regions (see Regiones Quattuor; republic, it remained essentially a plebeian strong
cf. Varro, Ling. 5.45). The name Aventinus was pro hold, where cults with plebeian associations found a
vided with a number of etymologies, all fanciful, for place, but after the establishment of the empire it be
the most part the name of a very ancient king (Livy came a fashionable part of Rome to live in and con
1.3.9; Paulus ex Fest. 17L ; Vergil, Aen. 7 .6 5 7 and tinued so down to the late empire (see, e.g., Domus:
Servius a d Aen. 7 .6 5 7 ; Lydus, M ag. 1.34). L. Fabius Cilo, Licinius Sura, M . Valerius Bradua
It appears that the Aventinus was originally ag er Mauricus).
publicus, as the settling there of people from the var A. Merlin, L Aventin dans l an tiqu it (Paris 1906).

Bacchus, Sacellum: see Liber. Balineum Caesaris: the inscription on a fragment
of the Marble Plan (FUR pi. 3 3 .4 3 ; Rodriguez pi.
Balineum, Balneum: see Therm ae. 34.4 3 ). Its location is entirely unknown.

Balineum Abascanti: listed by the regionary cata Balineum Charini: a bath mentioned by Martial
logues in Regio I, but otherwise unknown. It may (7.34) as the surprisingly good work of a cinaedus of
have been built by Domitians freedman T. Flavius the time of Domitian.
Abascantus, but the name is not uncommon.
Balineum Claudianum: the inscription on a
Balnea Alexandri: baths said to have been built by marble epistyle (C IL 6.2 97 6 7) copied near the
Alexander Severus in all those parts of the city not church of S. Silvestro al Quirinale and again near the
provided with baths (S.H.A. A lex. Sev. 39). Thermae Constantini. Other inscriptions relating to
the Claudii come from the neighborhood (cf. Do-
Balineum Ampelidis: listed by the regionary cata mus, Claudii), so probably this belongs here and re
logues in Regio XIV. It seems to have been shown on fers to a public bath built at private expense.
a lost fragment of the Marble Plan (FUR pis. 9 and
3 4 .4 7 ; Rodriguez pi. 34 .4 7 ), but not enough was Balneum Claudii Etrusci: described by Statius
preserved to give an idea of the building or any in (Silv. 1.5) and praised by M artial (6.42) for the
dication of its location. richness of the marble veneer, the clarity of the
water, and the luxury and variety of the amenities of
Balineum Antiochiani: listed by the N otitia in Re fered. It was supplied by both the Aqua Virgo
gio I, but otherwise unknown. PA suggests it may and the Aqua M arcia and must therefore have been
have been built by Flavius Antiochianus, cos. a . d . in the Campus Martius, Regio VII or IX , more
270. likely the former, but it cannot be placed more
Balineum Bolani: mentioned only in the N otitia,
listed in Regio I. PA suggests it may have been built Balneum Cotini: the inscription on a fragment of
by M . Vettius Bolanus, cos. suf. a . d . 66. His son the Marble Plan (FUR pi. 3 4 .4 8 ; Rodriguez pi.
of the same name was also consul in a . d . I l l 3 4.48) now lost, and the drawing of it is uninfor
(PW 2 .1 6 .1 8 5 7 -5 8 ; cf. C IL 6 .6 5 - 6 7 = IL S 3 5 0 0 - mative.
Balineum Daphnidis: in Regio IV (N ot.), presum
Balineum Caenidianum: a bath created in what ably a private bath. The scholiast on Juvenal (7.233)
had been the property of Antonia Caenis, the con says the Balineum Phoebi was the same as the bal-
cubine of Vespasian. It was in Villa Patrizi south of n eae q u a e D ap h n es appellantur, which might well be
Via Nomentana, in the area now occupied by the the same as this bath. Probably it was a much-
Ministero dei Trasporti. frequented bath in the Subura, which did not have a
M AAR 10 (1932): 7 3 -7 4 (H. Sander); R end- readily accessible imperial bath complex until the
PontA cc 5 0 (1 9 7 7 -7 8 ): 1 5 3 -5 4 (R. Friggeri). building of the Baths of Titus.


Balineum Dianae (Dianes, Cur.): listed by the re- 5718) and found in 1873 on the Esquiline in the
gionary catalogues in Regio XIV, otherwise un modern city block north of the basilica of S. Maria
known. Maggiore, but only hurriedly and partially exca
vated. Parts of the foundations and a considerable
Balineum Fausti and Balineum Fortunati: men number of architectural members and sculptures
tioned by M artial (2.14.11) in a list of resorts in the were recovered (B u llC om 2 [1874]: 8 4 - 8 8 [R. Lan-
southern Campus Martius, perhaps to be located ciani]). Probably the house of the Naeratii was not
south or west of the Theatrum Pompeii. far away, possibly on the Vicus Patricius (B ullC om
33 [1905]: 2 9 4 - 9 9 [G. Gatti]).
Balineum Germani: known only from a lead tes
sera (Rostovtzeff, Sylloge no. 886). Balneae Pallacinae: mentioned only by Cicero
(R ose. A m. 18). There was a Vicus Pallacinae follow
Balinea Gordiani: a few unpretentious baths that ing the line of the modern Via delle Botteghe Oscure
Gordian III built in different parts of the city for the and Via S. M arco, and this may have given its name
use of ordinary citizens (S.H.A. G ordian . 32.5). to a district. The baths could have been almost any
where here, because the subsoil of the Campus M ar
Balineum Gratiarum (Loutron C hariton): tius is rich in water.
known from an inscription in Greek stating that it
was built by Memphis and Gelasis (IG 1 4.1034, Balneum Phoebi: mentioned only by Juvenal
found in 1715, together with IG 1 4 .1 4 2 4 ; IG U R (7.233), where possibly the name is used only ex em
203). This lay in a beautiful room veneered with p li gratia. Cf. Balineum Daphnidis.
marble and with a white marble alveus found on the
Aventinus M inor facing Porta Ostiensis (R m M itt 2 Balneum Plautini: see Lavacrum Plautini.
;i8 9 4 ]: 3 3 2 -3 3 [C. Hlsen]; H J xxi and 1 8 7 -8 8 ).
Balneum Polycleti: Porphyrion, commenting on
Balineum Grylli: mentioned twice by Martial Horace, Ars P. 3 2 , says the Ludus Aemilii had been
1 .59.3, 2.1 4 .1 2 ) in a list of buildings of which those converted into the Balneum Polycleti in his day. Be
that can be identified are in the southern Campus cause Horace is talking about bronze sculpture in
Martius. Apparently it was famous for being badly this passage, and the Ludus Aemilii may well have
lit. been a school for artisans in bronze, the name may
have been a humorous invention at the time of the
Balineum Iuliorum Akariorum : known only remodeling. There is no indication of where it stood.
from an inscription in the Einsiedeln sylloge. The in
scription (C IL 6.29764) is said to have been found Balineum Prisci: mentioned only in the N otitia,
near the Pons Gratiani (Pons Cestius). listed in Regio XIV. Lugli (Lugli 1938, 633) suggests
the Balineum Ampelidis was the Balineum Ampelidis
Balineum Lupi: a bath mentioned by Martial Prisci.
2 .1 4 .1 2 ; cf. 1.59.3), so notorious for its draftiness
that he nicknamed it the Aeolia. Balneum Scriboniolum: located in Regio XII,
known from a single inscription, a slave identifica
Balineum M amertini: mentioned in the regionary tion, found at Grottaferrata (C IL 15.7188).
catalogues, listed in Regio I. PA suggests the bath
may have been built by Sex. Petronius Mamertinus, Balneae Seniae: known only from Cicero (Cael.
praetorian prefect a . d . 139143. 6162), in which they figure in an intrigue involving
delivery of poison and the laying of a trap for those
Balneum M ercurii: known only from the Einsie involved. They seem to have been well known at the
deln itinerary (9): ib i est aqu a subtus Aventinum cur- time but cannot be located. Seniae is unusual, not a
rens scala usque in m on tem A ventinum et balneum known cognomen, and perhaps should be corrected
M ercurii. This puts it somewhere along the northeast to Saeniae.
slope of the Aventine above the Circus Maximus, M EFRA 97 (1985): 3 2 5 -2 8 (A. Vessilieiou).
perhaps not far from its northern extremity. Whether
it was actually a bath is doubtful; a fountain seems Balneae Severi: baths built by Septimius Severus on
more likely. See also Aqua Mercurii. the right bank of the Tiber near the Porta Septim-
iana. If the Historia Augusta (S.H.A. Sept. Sev. 19.5)
Balineae (and Balneae) Naeratii Cerealis: built is accurate in saying that the early collapse of the
by the consul of a . d . 358 (C IL 6 .1 7 4 4 , 3 1 9 1 6 = 715 aqueduct supplying these baths prevented the public


from enjoying them, it is difficult to understand why, which is given special architectural emphasis. The
because the proximity of the Aqua Traiana would successful exploitation of the form depends on com
have made substitution very easy. (See also Thermae prehension of the possibilities of truss roofing to free
Septimianae and Severianae). Richmond (2 2 4 26) the central area of encumbrances.
has proposed that what is meant is that the Aurelian Our oldest example of such a building is that
Walls cut through these baths, but it is hard to get known as the hypostyle hall on Delos, very tentative
this from the Latin. and somewhat awkward in design, the clerestorey
hardly more than a small square lantern over the
Balnea Stephani: mentioned twice by Martial center of the building, the surrounding aisles pro
(11.52 .4, 14.60) and said to be very close to his gressively lower as they move away from the center.
house (q.v.), which was on the Quirinal on a street It is securely dated between 2 1 0 and 2 0 7 B .C . and
leading from the Temple of Flora to the Capitolium gives us a term inus p o st qu em for all other basilicas
Vetus (Martial 5 .2 2 .3 -4 ) . This indicates that they (D los 2.1, L a Salle hy p osty le [G. Leroux, 1909],
were somewhere along a street leading from modern 2 .2 , C om p lem en t [R. Vallois and G. Poulsen, 1914]).
Piazza Barberini to the ridge of the Quirinal, a line In Rome there was an early basilica that had no
followed by Via delle Quattro Fontane. other name, evidently a small experimental building
below the Cloaca on the northeast side of the Forum
Balneum qui Cognominatur Templus (in Romanum in an area later covered by the southern
Vicum Longum): listed in the L ib er Pontificalis part of the Basilica Fulvia et Aemilia (Plautus, Cure.
(LPD 1 .4 2 .6 ; V Z 2.236) as among the possessions of 472). With the building of the Basilica Porcia in 184
the basilica of Saints Gervasius and Protasius, dedi B .C ., basilicas began to be named, and the original
cated under Pope Innocent I (40141 7 ), the present basilica gave way to the Basilica Fulvia et Aemilia in
church of S. Vitale (HCh 4 9 8 -9 9 ). This does not give 179 B .C . (Livy 40 .5 1 ).
us much to go on. Because it stood in Vicum Lon gu m Basilicas served especially as business halls, the
and not in Vico L o n g o , it must have been on a side places where bankers set up their tables, entrepre
street, and the name Tem plus is very strange. neurs sold shares in enterprises, and the like. By the
R w StorA nt 4 (1974): 1 4 6 -4 8 (R. E. A. Palmer). first century B .C . the tribuni plebis were accustomed
to appear in the Basilica Porcia and hold audience,
Balneum Tigellini: a public bath evidently built by probably on its tribunal. Still later, under the early
Neros favorite. It is mentioned only by Martial empire, the centumviral court met in the Basilica
(3.20.16), on a lead tessera (Rostovtzeff, Sylloge no. Iulia (Martial 6 .3 8 .5 -6 ; Pliny, Epist. 5 .9 .1 -5 ,
888), and in a gloss (C G L 3 .6 5 7 .1 4 ), but there can 6 .3 3 .1 -6 ), and after the time of Trajan most courts
be no doubt of its existence. Tigellinus had real es may regularly have met in basilicas. Earlier, however,
tate in the Aemiliana (q.v.), so it might be there that religious considerations forced them to meet in the
we should look for it. open air. The unencumbered space provided by bas
ilicas encouraged the expansion of their use.
Balineum Torquati: a private bath listed by the re- R om a, arch eo lo g ia n el cen tro (1985), 1 .5 6 -6 6
gionary catalogues in Regio I just after the Lacus (M. Gaggiotti).
Basilica Aemilia: see Basilica Paulli.
Balineum Vespasiani: listed by the regionary cata
logues in Regio I, together with the Balineum Tor Basilica Alexandrina: a columnar hall Alexander
quati, but otherwise unknown. Severus is said to have undertaken to build between
the Campus Martius and the Saepta Iulia (S.H.A.
Basilica: the name given by the Romans to a type of A lex. Sev. 26.7). It was to be 100 feet (29.70 m)
building that became important just after the begin wide, 1,000 feet (297 m) long, and completely col
ning of the second century after Christ, a public hall, umnar. We are told that he was prevented from com
the roof supported on columns (later often arches), pleting the project by death, but, because the Saepta
in which a central nave is surrounded by one or more was completely surrounded by a deep belt of build
aisles. The nave may have its ceiling raised a second, ings by this time, the whole project sounds fictitious.
or even third, storey on a clerestorey, and there may
be a gallery over the surrounding aisle, either an Basilica Argentara (Fig. 3 6 ): listed in the region
open deck or a closed balcony overlooking the cen ary catalogues in Regio VIII between the Cohors VI
tral nave. One side or end is regularly open to a pub Vigilum and the Temple of Concordia. The Clivus
lic square, or street, and there is usually a raised tri Argentarius, though known only from medieval doc
bunal at the end of the principal axis, long or short, uments, is well identified as the road running from



Figure 15
B asilica C o n stan tin i,
F lo o r Plan , Restored

the Career over the east shoulder of the Capitoline the great central halls of the imperial baths than it
to the Campus Martius (VZ 1.115n .4). The Basilica does to classical basilicas. Although it remained in
Argentaria has therefore been thought to be the L- use in the Middle Ages, it had lost its proper desig
shaped arcaded hall built by Domitian and Trajan to nation by the sixth century and was called Templum
link the west portico of Forum Iulium and Forum Urbis Romae and Templum Romuli (LPD 1.279,
Traiani, the only unidentified building of importance 323). The south aisle and nave probably collapsed in
hereabout. The floor of this hall was raised a half- the earthquake of Pope Leo IV in ca. 847 (LPD
dozen steps above that of the porticoes of the Forum 2 .108).
Iulium, and the pillars were rusticated, so the build It stood on a platform of concrete raised a storey
ing has an aesthetic distinction from its adjacent above the Sacra Via at its west end; this was 100 m
neighbors and reads as a separate entity. long and 65 m wide. It consisted of a central nave
MAAR 13 (1932): 219 (O. Grossi); Nash 1 .4 3 0 - flanked by side aisles, each divided into three equal
31. sections communicating with the nave along their
whole width and with one another by generous arch
Basilica Claudii: listed by Polemius Silvius at the ways. Everything was vaulted, and all the vaults were
end of his catalogue of the eleven basilicas of Rome, deeply coffered in elaborate patterns of octagons,
but otherwise unknown. hexagons, and lozenges. The cross-vaulted roof of
the great central nave, 80 m long, 25 m wide, and 35
Basilica Constantini or N ova (Polemius Silvius m high, appeared supported on eight monolithic col
545; N ot. Reg. IV), Basilica Constantiniana umns of Proconnesian marble, of which the sole sur
Chron. 1 4 6 ; N ot. app.) (Figs. 15, 9 0): begun by viving member is now in Piazza S. M aria Maggiore,
Maxentius, but completed by Constantine after 313 taken there in 1614 (LS 2.2 0 9 ).
Aur. Viet., Caes. 40.26) with some alteration of the As designed by Maxentius, the entrance was to be
program. It stands on the north side of Sacra Via, on at the east end, from a short street leading off the
land previously at least in part covered by Domi- Sacra Via. Here a single-storey narthex, 8 m deep,
tians Horrea Piperataria (Chron. 146), the last of preceded the building. This had five entrances to the
the great secular basilicas of Rome, a great shell of basilica proper, three to the nave and one to each
brick-faced concrete, which owes more in design to side aisle, but only two to the exterior on the east,


that opposite the north aisle having been suppressed Basilica Floscellaria: mentioned only in the ad
in order to preserve parts of the Domus Aurea. An denda to the regionary catalogues and Polemius Sil-
other door led to the narthex at its south end. At the vius, without indication of its location. It was evi
west end of the nave opened a vast apse, 20 m in dently a center of the flower business.
diameter, with a half-dome; this probably became
the setting of a seated colossus of Constantine. Parts Basilica Fulvia (Fulvia et Aemilia): see Basilica
of this acrolithic statue were found in 1486 and are Paulli.
now displayed in the courtyard of Palazzo dei Con-
servatori. Basilica Gaii et Lucii: see Basilica Iulia.
Constantine changed the design by adding a new
entrance at the middle of the south side. Here a flight Basilica Hilariana: a curious building of the end of
of steps led up from the Sacra Via to a shallow porch the second century after Christ discovered on the
with four porphyry columns framing three double Caelian in the grounds of the military hospital in the
doors. Opposite this, on the short axis, he opened a angle between Piazza Celimontana and Via di S. Ste-
second apse in the north wall, somewhat lower than fano Rotondo. Only a small part could be excavated,
that at the west end, screened from the nave by a pair and our knowledge of it is consequently very imper
of columns which must have carried a straight epi fect. It was apparently half-underground; one de
style. In this apse a large central niche with a round scended a flight of twelve steps revetted with marble
head is flanked by rows of square-headed niches in and came to a vestibule paved with black-and-white
two zones, four on a side, sixteen in all. Here a gal mosaic. This showed an eye pierced by a spear and
lery of Constantines lieutenants may have flanked a assailed by a ring of birds and animals. Beyond it
standing figure of the emperor. Generous round- was a tabu la an sata with the inscription: intrantibus
headed windows in two zones, six to a room, lit the h ie d eo s / p rop itios et basilic(ae) / H ilarian ae (C IL
chambers of the side aisles, and triple-light arched 6 .3 0 9 7 3 a = IL S 3992) and a threshold with the out
windows of the type familiar from bath complexes line of feet entering and leaving. The room to which
opened in the clerestorey of the nave. this gave held a rectangular basin rather like an im-
The floor was paved with colored marble in a pat pluvium, but 0 .7 0 m deep, and a statue base with an
tern similar to that of the Pantheon. The walls were inscription showing that it was for a statue of M .
revetted with marble up to the springing of the Poblicius Hilarus, m argaritarius, set up by the colle
vaults. Vaults and exterior were finished with stucco, gium of d en d ro p h o ro i (C IL 6 .30973b = ILS 4171).
painted and gilded. Niches for statuary abound in So the building belonged to a collegium devoted to
the interior, and presumably the exterior was simi the cults of the Magna M ater and Attis, presumably
larly embellished, but we know nothing of the pro built for them by Hilarus, and this permits associa
gram. tion of yet another inscription, C IL 6 .6 4 l= I L S
The building was a triumph of engineering, the 3 5 4 0 , with it. Its claim to being a basilica is myste
central nave having been the largest cross-vaulted rious, because it shows none of the characteristics of
hall in antiquity and supported by an ingenious sys basilical architecture. Whether this was the schola of
tem of flying buttresses. Stairs hidden in the thick the collegium must remain doubtful, but seems
ness of the walls gave access to the roofs over the side likely.
aisles at strategic points, and stairs built into the con Nash 1 .1 8 3 -8 5 ; Q A rchE tr 19 (1990): 7 2 - 8 0 (A.
crete of the roofs facilitated maintenance. However, Corignani et al.).
the necessity of tunneling through the concrete plat
form on which the basilica stands to permit a road Basilica Iulia: on the southwest side of the Forum
there to continue in use (the Arcus Latronis) alarmed Romanum between the temples of Saturn and Cas
the builders so much that they added an enormous tor, filling this side in monumental grandeur. It was
buttress at this point and a series of relieving arches begun by Julius Caesar to replace the Basilica Sem-
in the superstructure above it. pronia of 170 B .C ., probably about 54 B .C . (Cicero,
The basilica was a great masterpiece and has been Att. 4 .1 6 .8 ), paid for out of the spoils of the Gallic
admired by architects and artists throughout its his wars, and dedicated unfinished in 4 6 (Augustus, R G
tory. It was exhaustively studied in the High Renais 2"0; Hieron. a. Abr. 1971). It was completed by Au
sance, and its impact on such architects as Bramante, gustus, but then soon burned and was rebuilt in en
Raphael, Antonio da Sangallo, and Michelangelo larged form and dedicated in the names of Gaius and
was immense. Its influence on the design of the new Lucius Caesar in a . d . 12 (Augustus, R G 20;
basilica of S. Pietro is readily apparent. Cass.Dio 5 6 .2 7 .5 ; Suetonius, Aug. 29 .4 ). It burned
PBSR 12 (1932): 1 -2 5 (A. M inoprio); Nash again in the fire of Carinus and was restored by Dio
1 .1 8 0 -9 2 . cletian (Chron. 148) and restored again by Gabinius


Vettius Probianus, praefectus urbi in a . d . 4 1 6 , at what other uses it may have served, but presumably
which time he embellished it with statues (C IL the tabernae were government offices, and the use of
6 .1156 = IL S 722, C IL 6 .1 6 5 8 , 31883 = IL S 9354, the basilica was constant and heavy.
C IL 6 .3 1 8 8 4 -8 7 ). Despite its rededication in the R en dL in c, ser. 8.16 (1961): 5 3 60 (G. Carettoni
names of Gaius and Lucius, the original name per and L. Fabbrini); B u llC om 78 (196162): 3754 (L.
sisted in use (see, e.g., Martial 6 .3 8 .6 ; Statius, Silv. Fabbrini); Nash 1 .1 8 6 -8 9 ; Coarelli 1985, 3 2 2 -2 4 .
1.1.29). Part of the basilica is represented on the
Marble Plan (FUR pi. 2 1 ; Rodriguez pi. 13). Basilica Iulia Aquiliana: mentioned by Vitruvius
It occupied a space 101 m long and 49 m wide, (5.1.4) as having been adapted to a long narrow site
bounded on all sides by streets, fronting on the street by the addition of chalcidica at either end. It has
along the southwest side of the forum, with the Vicus been conjectured that it was built by C. Aquillius
Iugarius and Vicus Tuscus at its ends and an un Gallus, the great jurist, in honor of Julius Caesar, but
named street behind. The central nave, 82 m long there is no proof. M ore likely it was a business house
and 16 m wide, was surrounded by two aisles, each built as a commercial venture; we have no indication
~.50 m wide, over which there were galleries in a of its location.
second storey. These aisles were all arcaded, the fa
cade being of blocks of white marble, while the inner Basilica Iunii Bassi: on the Esquiline east of S.
rows of arcading were of concrete faced with marble. M aria Maggiore, built by the consul ordinarius of
There were eighteen pillars on the long sides, and . d . 331 (C IL 6.1 7 3 7 ), who died in 359 (C IL

eight on the short ones. The faade was embellished .3 2 0 0 4 = IL S 1286). It was in form like a Christian
with an engaged order, Tuscan on the ground storey, church, an apsidal hall with windows set high in the
and unfluted Ionic above. The floor was paved with side walls preceded- by a lower, but two-storeyed,
marble, colored in the nave, and white in the aisles. narthex with rounded ends. It survived in good con
Because the ground sloped down from the Vicus dition until the Renaissance, and Giuliano da San-
lugarius to the Vicus Tuscus, a gradually increasing gallo has left a drawing of the interior decoration
number of steps had to be introduced to bring visi that shows it to have been very rich, with marble re
tors into the basilica; these increase from one at the vetment that was essentially architectonic, with pi
west end to seven at the east. Between the top of lasters dividing the walls into bays, but including
these and the faade is a narrow walk, and three figural panels of opus sectile. The marbles used were
steps then lead into the northern aisle, while two the richest in color, especially serpentine and por
more lead from the outer to the inner aisle. The outer phyry. O f the figural panels, two showing tigers at
aisle on the principal faade thus has much of the tacking calves are now on the stair of Palazzo dei
character of a separate portico. Conservatori, whereas one of Hylas and one show
At the back of the basilica, a row of tabernae with ing the consul in a biga with mounted escorts repre
walls of tufa and travertine responding to the pillars senting the four circus factions were formerly in Pal
of the arcading opened in toward the basilica, and azzo del Drago.
stairs show that there must have been another storey In the time of Pope Simplicius (4 6 8 -4 8 3 ) the ba
of such tabernae above. How accessible the flat roof silica was converted into the church of S. Andrea Ca-
over the aisle may have been is doubtful; the report tabarbara Patricia (HCh 17981). This was ab
that Caligula threw coins to the people from it (Sue sorbed into the monastery of S. Andrea in Assaio
tonius, Calig. 37.1) need not mean it was in regular before the year 1000 and gradually abandoned. Parts
use. The roof over the central nave was a trussed ga of the decorations were removed in the eighteenth
ble raised on a clerestorey. and nineteenth centuries, after which only naked and
Little survives but the pavement and foundations ruinous walls remained. These were finally destroyed
of the arcading. Toward the northwest corner, some in 1930 to make way for the Oriental seminary.
brick pillars and arches belong to the restoration of EAA 3, s.v. Giunio Basso (C. Bertelli); Rend-
Diocletian. Some fragments of the architecture have PontA cc 40 (1 9 6 7 -6 8 ): 1 5 1 -7 0 (M. Cagiano de
been restored, but the travertine faade pillar now Azevedo); Nash 1 .1 9 0 95.
standing is modern and simply intended to show the
architectural forms. Basilica M atidiae et M arcianae: The regionary
The basilica was especially accommodation for catalogues list in Regio IX between the Pantheon and
banking and similar business (C IL 6 .9 7 0 9 = ILS Templum Divi Antonini a Basilicam Matidies et
509, C IL 6.9711). Late in the first century after Marcianes (N ot.) or Basilicam Neptuni, Matidiaes,
Christ it came to be used for the sessions of the cen- Marciani (Cur.). It is otherwise known only from Po-
tumviral court (M artial 6 .3 8 .5 -6 ; Pliny, Epist. lemius Silvius (5 4 5 ; V Z 1.309). We know from coins
5 .9 .1; Quintilian 12.5.6). We are not informed about that M arciana and her daughter Matidia, grand


mother and mother of Hadrians wife, Sabina, were Basilica Neptuni (Fig. 6 4): listed by the C uriosum
revered together (B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 3 Trajan in Regio IX , included by Polemius Silvius, and re
no. 531) and that following their deaths they were corded in the life of Hadrian as among his restora
given divine honors. M arciana was accorded by sen- tions (S.H.A. H adr. 19.10). This is now generally ac
atus consultum the car drawn by a pair of elephants cepted as identical with the Stoa of Poseidon that
in which she sits with the attributes of Ceres (B. M. Dio (53.27.1) says was built by Agrippa in 25 B.C .
Coins, R om . E m p. 3 Trajan no. 655 pi. 21.9), while and the Poseidonion listed as destroyed in the fire of
Matidia received by senatus consultum a building Titus in 79 (Cass. Dio 6 6 .2 4 .2 ). It is always asso
dedicated Divae Matidiae Socrui that appears on a ciated with the Pantheon, Saepta, and Baths of
rare bronze of Hadrian (Nash 2 .3 7 fig. 717). This is Agrippa and can with some confidence, although
shown as a small aedicula with two columns in without proof, be identified as the large basilical hall
which a female figure sits enthroned. It is sur between the Pantheon and the baths. Its design, like
mounted by a triangular pediment surmounted by that of the Basilica Constantini, owes more to the
acroterial statues at the apex and each front corner. central halls of imperial bath complexes than it does
To either side of the aedicula on a base that is an to classical basilicas. Drawings by Palladio (Zorzi,
extension of that of the aedicula, but under a slightly figs. 1 3 6 -4 3 ) in large part confirmed by excavations
lower lintel, is a statue, probably female, on a high show it as a large rectangular hall with wide rectan
plinth. To either side of these, evidently to be read as gular niches at the ends and a deep semicircular
projecting at right angles to the central group, is a niche on the north side on the short axis. The roof
portico in two storeys on a base continuous with the was cross-vaulted in three sections, supported on
rest. The lower storey is columnar; the much lower eight fluted columns with Corinthian capitals that
attic seems not to be columnar but is difficult to read. carry an entablature in which the frieze is decorated
The roofing is very uncertain. Only three bays of the with marine motifs. Smaller niches in a single zone
flanking portico are shown to either side. It seems break up the surfaces of the walls. There may have
possible that we are intended to read this as a short been entrances at either end, one giving directly to
section of a basilical building with small axial shrines the Porticus Argonautarum of the Saepta, but the
at the ends that to M arciana at one end, that to principal entrance was probably that connecting it to
Matidia at the other. the Baths of Agrippa. There was no connection with
In 1636, in excavations in connection with the fa the Pantheon. There is no indication of the pur
ade of S. Ignazio, a lead pipe with the inscription pose the building served, and the architectural form
Tem plum M atidiae was found (C/L 15.7248). This and style are Hadrianic, not Augustan.
apparently belonged to a supply line from the Aqua Nash 1 .1 9 6 -9 7 ; R en dL in c, ser. 8.35 (1980): 181
Virgo, but its precise location and original direction 92 (G. Tedeschi Grisanti).
can no longer be identified. It therefore serves only
to put the temple in this vicinity. Basilica N ova: see Basilica Constantini.
On R. Lancianis FUR under the southeast corner
of Palazzo Serlupi is shown a paved area flanked by Basilica Opimia: closely linked with the Temple of
lines of columns with the notation Scavi Piranesi. C. Concordia and probably built when L. Opimius re
Hlsen (HJ 5 7 5 n .l3 ) speaks of a building with gran built the temple in 121 B .C ., perhaps only an annex
ite columns, 0 .9 0 m in diameter, and a splendid of the temple. It is known only from a single mention
marble pavement, known from excavations of 1779, in Varro {Ling. 5.156) and a couple of inscriptions
the year after Piranesis death, but known from Pi of servi pu blici d e B asilica O p im ia {C IL 6.2338,
ranesi, Pantheon, T f. 1. I have been unable to verify 2 3 3 9 = IL S 1969). The space available, as described
this. Lanciani (B u llC om 11 [1883]: 15) mentions re by Varro, seems exiguous, and the basilica seems to
mains of a splendid building found in the time of have been eliminated when Tiberius rebuilt the
Piranesi of form and measurements as shown on Temple of Concordia beginning in 7 B .C . It can never
my plan, as though he were then unable to cite any have been a large building, and it must be left uncer
further source. If his drawing is accurate, the build tain on which side of the Temple of Concordia it
ing may well have been basilical and the granite col stood, although the Gradus Monetae (q.v.) make it
umns suggest a Hadrianic date. It is certainly the best more probable that it stood southwest of the temple.
candidate at present available for the Basilica M ati
diae et Marcianae. Basilica Paulli (Fig. 3 9 ): always one of the most
Nash 2 .3 6 - 3 7 ; Boatwright 5 8 - 6 2 . celebrated buildings of ancient Rome, located at the
juncture of the Argiletum and the Sacra Via, balanc
Basilica M axentii: see Basilica Constantini. ing the Basilica Iulia on the opposite side of the


Forum Romanum, but technically in Regio IV of the older building as he could, and a magnificent
(N ot.). Soundings under the floor have brought to rebuilding financed by Julius Caesar from the spoils
light remains of two earlier basilicas, but the earliest of the Gallic wars (Plutarch, C aes. 2 9 ; Appian,
of all, that mentioned by Plautus (Cure. 472) must B ellC iv 2.2 6 ). After 54 this is always called Basilica
have stood east of the Cloaca, because it is listed Paulli, except once by Varro (Ling. 6.4: B asilica Ae-
after the shrine of Cloacina in a sequence moving m ilia et Fulvia) and once by Pliny referring to an
from west to east. This was unnamed and apparently event of 78 B .C . (H N 3 5 .1 3 : in B asilica . . . A em ilia).
built between 2 1 0 B .C ., when fire devastated the area Between Fulvius N obiliors original construction
and there were as yet no basilicas (Livy 2 6 .2 7 .2 -5 ), and Aemilius Paulluss magnificent rebuilding there
and the reconstruction of the Tabernae Novae in 193 is almost no record of the building. In 159 B.C . P.
by the plebeian aediles M . Iunius Brutus and L. Op- Cornelius Scipio Nasica installed a water clock ad
pius Salinator (Livy 3 5 .2 3 .7 ; Festus 258L ), because jacent to it (Varro, Ling. 6 .4 ; Censorinus, D e D ie
for Plautus it was not separated from the forum by a Nat. 2 3 .7 ; Pliny, H N 7.2 1 5 ). And in 78 B.C . M . Ae
row of shops. In 179 M. Fulvius Nobilior as censor milius Lepidus decorated it with im agines clip eatae
let the contract for building a basilica p o st argen tar of his ancestors (Pliny, H N 35 .1 3 ). There is no rec
as n ovas (Livy 4 0 .5 1 .5 ), at which time the Cloaca ord, literary or archaeological, of any restoration or
must have been diverted from the so-called Braccio rebuilding. By 54 it must have seemed a very anti
Morto that runs through the substructures of the ba quated and dilapidated edifice.
silica to the channel that runs around its west end, The rebuilding by Paullus was extravagant, and he
while the Braccio M orto was roofed and buried. Of did not live to complete it. He was proscribed by the
the basilica, a foundation wall of Grotta Oscura tufa second triumvirate, fled, and died in exile. The basil
with the settings of two columns and part of a third ica was finished and dedicated by his son, L. Aemi
was recovered, together with small parts of a tufa lius Lepidus Paullus, when he was consul in 34 (Cass.
pavement, in 1 9 4 6 -1 9 4 8 . The columns were 1.10 m Dio 4 9 .4 2 ). It burned in 14 B .C . and was restored by
in diameter; the intercolumniation of 4 .9 3 4.95 m Augustus and the friends of Paullus (Cass. Dio
shows that the superstructure must have been en 5 4 .2 4 ). Later, in a . d . 22, it was restored by M. Ae
tirely of wood. This lay parallel to the northern line milius Lepidus at his own expense (Tacitus, Ann.
of columns of the nave of the imperial building, 3.72). Pliny (H N 36.1 0 2 ) considered it, the Forum
about 0.50 m south of it. Parallel to this, about 2 m Augustum, and Templum Pacis the most beautiful
south of it, a small section of a second, lighter foun buildings in Rome and speaks of its Phrygian marble
dation wall of similar tufa, but differing in construc columns as especially beautiful. After the first cen
tion, was found. Other finds included an archaic cis tury the basilica is scarcely mentioned, though it con
tern with beehive-shaped dome, which had been tinued in use down to the early fifth century, when a
deliberately filled with blocks of cappellaccio. Al fire destroyed the roof.
though it is not possible to reconstruct the basilica With the bank of tabernae that preceded it, the
completely from these remains, one can see clearly basilica occupied the space between the Argiletum
that it had light, open architecture like the early bas and a small street along the west side of the Temple
ilicas of Cosa and Ardea. It has since been reburied, of Antoninus and Faustina (Corneta?) and from
but its place is marked on the existing pavement. Sacra Via to the Macellum. The line of tabernae was
In the same exploration a second foundation came still in effect a separate structure screening off the
to light parallel to the west colonnade of the imperial basilica proper from the forum. From the Sacra Via
basilica, consisting of three footings for columns of one mounted a flight of seven steps with a landing at
blocks of Grotta Oscura tufa connected in series by halfway to a very deep arcaded portico, above which
somewhat lighter walls. These show columns of the was a second arcaded storey reached by a stair at
same dimension as before (diameter 1.05 m), but either end and from which spectators could view
with the astonishing intercolumniation of 5.85 m, events in the forum. At the east end a porch a single
and they have remains of a pavement of travertine intercolumniation wide and deep projected out to
slabs clearly associated with them. This must be re ward Sacra Via, a rather curious annex. Behind the
mains of the rebuilding of L. Aemilius Paullus, of arcaded portico opened the row of fifteen tabernae,
which Cicero writes indignantly in 5 4 B .C . (Att. three of which were really simply entrances to the
4.1 6.8), saying that Paullus had salvaged the col basilica, while two were stairs to the gallery above.
umns of the previous building for reuse. As Tenney These were all given vaulted ceilings in concrete. The
Frank (Buildings, 67) acutely perceived, Paulluss granite columns in the portico today do not belong
work must have been twofold, a restoration on to the basilica, but to a late-antique rehandling of
which he spent as little as possible and used as much parts of the ruin of it.


The interior was treated as a great central nave the monument to make it an arcade that ran south
surrounded on all four sides by an aisle and with a to join the lowest storey of the Temple of Divus Iul-
second, narrow aisle along the north side. The col ius. But because the Fornix Fabianus spanning the
umns of the nave were of africano from Teos with Sacra Via very near here survived at least as late as
white marble bases and Corinthian capitals, and the time of Saloninus Gallienus (S.H.A. Salon. 19.4),
those of the northeast extra aisle were of cipollino. this interpretation is questionable. Besides, one
The pavement was of polychrome marble. The dis would not have expected so insignificant a building
tribution of architectural elements, of which a great to have been dedicated to such beloved grandsons
many lie scattered in the area, is disputed and awaits (see also E pig rap bica 31 [1969]: 1 0 4 12 [S. Pan-
definitive study and publication, but above the ciera]). One might better think that the portico in
ground storey was a second storey with columns of front of the Basilica Paulli was rededicated to Gaius
africano at smaller scale. Everything else seems to and Lucius after the rebuilding of 14 B .C ., but, as
have been of white marble. The most interesting fea was the case with the Basilica Iulia, the older, more
ture is a frieze laboriously reconstructed from a mul familiar name remained in common use and eventu
titude of fragments showing scenes from the early ally drove the new name out.
history and traditions of Rome, which seems to have NSc 1948, 1 1 1 -2 8 (G. Carettoni); Nash 1 .1 7 4 -
been part of the entablature of the lower storey of 7 9 ; BCSSA 29 (1983) (A. Ghisetti Giovarina, L a B a
the nave (now in the Antiquarium Forense, Helbig4 silica E m ilia e la rivalutazione d el d o rico n el rinasci-
2.2062), while the upper had a frieze decorated with m en to); Coarelli 1985, 1 3 5 -3 8 , 2 0 1 -9 ; A rctos 21
an elaborate anthemion. (1987): 1 6 7 -8 4 (M. Steinby); R om M itt 94 (1987):
The faade of the front portico on the Argiletum 3 2 5 -3 2 (M. Wegner).
is preserved in a drawing by Giuliano da Sangallo
(Cod. Vat. Barb. Lat. 4 4 2 4 , fol. 2 6 ; Nash 1.178). Basilica Porcia: the first named basilica in Rome,
This shows an engaged order of very elaborate de built by Cato as censor in 184 B .C . (Livy 3 9 .4 4 .7 ;
sign, Doric, the columns raised on plinths, carrying [Aur. Viet.], D e Vir. III. 47) against senatorial oppo
an entablature in which the metopes are decorated sition (Plutarch, C ato M ai. 19.2), the reason for
with bucrania and paterae. Because blocks of a free which is difficult to understand. It was a small build
standing order of the same design are found in the ing covering the ground previously occupied by only
area, we can presume this order was carried as a col four shops and two private (?) atria, the Atrium
onnade at the short ends of the basilica. The doors Maenium and Atrium Titium, in lautum iis (q.v.),
to the portico in the drawing have ornate frames therefore between the Clivus Argentarius and the
with ornament corresponding to that found else Curia Hostilia, facing on the former. The tribuni ple-
where in this building. bis came to use it as their public station (Plutarch,
At the east end one mounted three steps on the line C ato Min. 5 .1 ; see Tabula Valeria). It burned in the
of the colonnade; at the west end the steps precede conflagration caused by the pyre of Clodius in 52
the colonnade. The approach from the north (north B.C . (Asconius in M ilon. [Stangl 32]) and was evi
east) side was originally over three steps and through dently then not rebuilt.
a colonnade like that on the southeast; this had a Coarelli 1985, 5 9 - 6 3 .
travertine pavement, and the columns were closer
spaced than those of the nave, some twenty-five in Basilica Sempronia: built in 170 b . c . by the censor
all with footings revetted with africano. During or Ti. Sempronius Gracchus behind the Tabernae Ve-
after the construction of Templum Pacis and Forum teres (see Tabernae Circum Forum) toward the statue
Nervae the colonnade was removed and replaced by of Vertumnus, on land formerly occupied by the
a solid wall, so that the portico became in effect a house of Scipio Africanus, butchers stalls, and shops
narrow extra aisle of the basilica. (Livy 4 4 .1 6 .1 0 -1 1 ). It therefore stood at the point
Discovery in 1899 of a large inscription, a dedica where the Vicus Tuscus entered the Forum Ro-
tion to Lucius Caesar (C IL 6 .3 6 9 0 8 ), grandson and manum and must have been replaced by the Basilica
adoptive son of Augustus, near the southeast corner Iulia. It must have been built to balance the Basilica
of the portico, led E. B. Van Deman to identify the Fulvia et Aemilia on the opposite side of the forum,
little projecting porch here as the Porticus Gaii et Lu- and therefore was probably a sizable building from
cii (q.v.) mentioned by Suetonius (Aug. 29.4) and the beginning, as Livy makes it sound, but no one
Dio (56.2 7 .5 ). The inscription, though broken, is informs us more precisely about its size or design.
substantially complete, and it seems that it cannot be R en dL in c, ser. 8.16 (1961): 5 3 60 (G. Carettoni
far from its original place. In this identification Van and L. Fabbrini); Coarelli 1985, 13840.
Deman was followed by Gamberini Mongenet and
Nash, who slightly modified her reconstruction of Basilica Sicinini: see Sicininum.


Basilica Subterrnea: Discovered in 1917, thanks S. Aurigemma, L a basilica sotterran ea n eop itag o-
to the collapse of the vault of its vestibule, under the rica d i Porta M aggiore in R o m a (Rome 1961); E. H.
Rome/Naples railway line just outside Porta Praenes- Wedeking and B. Segall, eds., F estschrift Eugen von
tina (Porta Maggiore) along Via Praenestina, the M ercklin (Stiftland 1964), 9 0 -1 0 5 (P. Mingazzini);
complex consists of a steep stair of access from Via Nash 1 .1 6 9 -7 3 ; B A B esch 45 (1970): 1 4 8 -7 4 (F. L.
Praenestina, now replaced by a modern access, a Bastet).
square vestibule of small dimensions, and a rectan
gular basilical hall divided into three vaulted naves Basilica Traiani: see M ercati di Traiano.
by two lines of three large rectangular pillars con
nected by heavy arches. The hall measures about 12 Basilica Ulpia: see Forum Traiani.
m long by 9 m wide, and a semicircular apse with a
half-domed ceiling finishes the central nave. The Basilica Vascellaria: listed in the addenda to the
floor is 7.25 m below the level of Via Praenestina. regionary catalogues (Vascolaria: Cur.) and by Po-
The effect is thus of great height and mystery. Illu lemius Silvius, but otherwise unknown. It has been
mination was provided by a large skylight in the suggested that this is an alternate name for the Basil
crown of the vault of the vestibule, but torches must ica Argentaria, but that is only conjecture. Because
have been necessary in the basilica itself. in late antiquity there seem to have been basilicas
The whole, vestibule and hall, walls and ceiling, associated with a number of trades, this might be
was elaborately decorated with fine stucco reliefs either a market or the seat of a collegium.
and painting, much of which is preserved, although
little of the color survives in the hall itself. In the Basilica Vestilia: listed in the addenda to the re
main room the walls and ceiling are divided into rec gionary catalogues, where there is one manuscript
tangular panels of many different sizes by narrow with the reading vestiaria, and there are other var
moldings; where decorated, these are worked with iants. Polemius Silviuss Basilica Hostilia is regarded
egg moldings. The subjects of the decoration show as an error for Vestilia. This might be either a market
the greatest variety. Illustrations of myths and liter hall where clothes were sold or the seat of a guild of
ature, especially plays of Euripides, are varied with clothes merchants.
genre scenes, exotic subjects such as pygmies, deco
rative figures and masks, and the paraphernalia of Basis Q. M arcii Regis: the base of a statue in the
cult. The only large composition, that filling the half Area Capitolina (q.v.) behind the Temple of Iuppiter
dome of the apse, has been identified as Sappho Optimus Maximus, to which a bronze military di
throwing herself into the sea from the Leucadian ploma was affixed in a . d . 64 (C IL 16.5).
rock and about to be received by a Triton, who
spreads a mantle wide with both hands. Although Bellona, Aedes (Figs. 17, 3 7 .3 ): the principal
many of the scenes remain obscure, enough are iden temple of this goddess, the personification of frenzy
tifiable that students of religion interpret this as a in battle, in Rome, vowed by Appius Claudius Cae-
cult center for a congregation of neo-Pythagoreans. cus in 2 9 6 B.C . (Livy 1 0 .1 9 .1 7 ; Pliny, H N 3 5 .1 2 ;
Scenes related to the mysteries of Dionysus are rela Ovid, Fast. 6 .2 0 1 -4 ; C IL P p. 192 elog.
tively numerous. Others maintain that the hall had 1 0 = 1 1 .1 8 2 7 = IL S 54 = Degrassi, In scription es Ital-
no religious purpose and was simply a specus aesti- iae 13.3.12) in a battle against the Etruscans and
vus. Samnites and dedicated on 3 June (Degrassi 4 6 4
The decorations of the vestibule are distinguished 65). Ovid (Fast. 6 .2 0 1 -4 ) says that it overlooked the
from those of the main hall by the use of tondos and end of the circus near at hand, and this, together
odd shapes in the panels and heavier moldings, while with the Fasti Venusini (ad diem ), serves to place it
the stuccowork in the side aisles is simpler and per in the vicinity of the Circus Flaminius. From it the
haps inferior to that of the main nave. The floor is senators in session could hear the screams of the pris
paved with white mosaic with black borders that oners butchered on orders from Sulla in the Villa
outline the walls and pillars and indicate the position Publica after the battle of Porta Collina (Plutarch,
of features, or furniture, now missing, and a deep Sulla 3 0 .2 - 3 ; Seneca, C lem . 1 .1 2 .2 ; Cass. Dio 3 0 -
space is marked off in front of the apse. A single bust 35 fr. 1 0 9 .5 -7 ). The temple has now been convinc
in profile, poorly preserved, low on one of the pillars, ingly identified by F. Coarelli as that just east of the
may have been a portrait. There is no sign of repair Temple of Apollo Medicus Sosianus, a large perip
or remodeling anywhere, and the suggestion is that teral temple, probably hexastyle, with a deep pro-
the hall was built about the middle of the first cen naos in the Roman fashion, raised on a low podium
tury after Christ and used for only a short time, less of concrete faced with brick. It is now little more
than a half-century. than a denuded core of concrete of the imperial pe


riod, but one can see that it was once an impressive slashed their arms in frenzy to get blood with which
edifice with an arcaded portico in peperino framing to sprinkle the faithful. Tombstones belonging to her
the precinct behind and to the east. About its earlier priests have come to light on the Via Triumphalis on
phases we lack information, because explorations M onte M ario, which strengthens the case for loca
have not been made within the concrete core of the tion of a temple on the right bank of the Tiber (C IL
podium. 6 .2 2 3 2 33 = 7L5 4 1 8 1 -8 2 ). All evidence points to a
The senate met here frequently (C IL 12.581 late second or third century date for these monu
= 10.104 = 715 18 = IL L R P 511 [SC de Bacchanali- ments, and so presumably the temple. Cf. Martial
bus]; Cicero, Verr. 2 .5 .4 1 ; Plutarch, Sulla 7 .6 ; Cass. 1 2 .5 7 .9 -1 1 ; Juvenal 6 .5 1 1 -2 1 ; and see Bellona, Sa-
Dio 5 0 .4 .5 ), especially, because the temple lay out cellum (Enueion).
side the pomerium, to receive victorious generals on M EFRA 87 (1975): 6 5 3 -6 5 (R. E. A. Palmer).
their return from campaign and to consider and vote
on their applications for triumphs (see, e.g., Livy Bellona Rufilia, Aedes: known only from the
2 6 .2 1 .1 , 2 8 .9 .5 , 2 8 .3 8 .2 , 3 1 .4 7 .7 , etc.) and to re tombstone of a priest (C IL 6 .2 2 3 4 = IL S 4181a) who
ceive foreign embassies it did not wish to have inside is described as a b Isis Serapis and a b a ed em B ellon e
the pomerium (see, e.g., Livy 3 0 .2 1 .1 2 , 3 0 .4 0 .1 , Rufiliae, which seems to indicate a place in Regio III.
3 3 .2 4 .5 , 4 2 .3 6 .2 ). It is mentioned in the second and The epithet probably refers to the name of the
third centuries, although there is no notice of its res builder of the temple, perhaps P. Cornelius Rufinus,
toration (Cass. Dio 6 9 .1 5 .3 [70.2 .2 ]; S.H.A. Sept. cos. 2 9 0 , 2 7 7 B .C ., after his victory over the Sam-
Sev. 22.6). Near it was a senaculum (q.v.), and be nites. Because the priest is described as fanaticus, the
tween it and the Circus Flaminius, presumably divinity is to be identified as Ma-Bellona.
within the general bounds of its precinct, was the M EFRA 87 (1975): 6 5 3 -6 5 (R. E. A. Palmer).
Columna Bellica (q.v.).
Nash 1 .5 0 0 -5 0 1 ; B u llC om 80 (1 9 6 5 -6 7 ): 3 7 -7 2 Bellona, Sacellum (Enueion): a shrine inadver
(F. Coarelli); R om M itt 94 (1987): 2 4 1 65 (G. Haf- tently destroyed when the temples of Isis and Serapis
ner). in Rome were destroyed in 48 B .C ., at which time jars
containing human flesh were discovered in it (Cass.
Bellona Insulensis, Aedes: a temple known only Dio 4 2 .2 6 .2 ). This indicates that the orgiastic wor
from a single funerary inscription from a tomb ship of Ma-Bellona had already been introduced into
erected by Apidia M a, who was scap h aria of Bellona Rome, and that the exotic nature of the cult and its
Insulensis. Here we are dealing with a shrine of Ma- rites led to its confusion with the Egyptian divinities.
Bellona on the Tiber island hitherto unknown. The jars containing human flesh suggest that origi
R endP ontA cc 43 (1 9 7 0 -7 1 ): 1 2 1 -2 5 (S. Pan- nally at least the cult was a mystery one confined to
ciera). initiates.

Bellona Pulvinensis, Aedes: a shrine known only Bibliotheca Apollinis Palatini (Figs. 2 7 .1 5 -1 6 ,
from inscriptions (C IL 6 .4 9 0 = IL S 4 1 8 0 , C IL 6 3): twin libraries, one for books in Greek and one
6 .2 2 3 2 -3 3 = IL S 4 1 8 1 82) of a goddess assimilated for books in Latin, built by Augustus in conjunction
to Bellona but probably Oriental in origin, given the with the Temple of Apollo Palatinus (see Apollo Pal-
epithet Pulvinensis not in allusion to the great pulvi- atinus, Aedes). They also contained a gallery of por
nar in the Circus Maximus, as otherwise the epithet traits of distinguished writers, probably imagines cli-
would be shared by other divinities, but probably to peatae (Tacitus, Ann. 2 .3 7 and 8 3 ; JR S 4 7 [1957]:
a ceremonial couch on which the image of the god 1 4 4 46 [S. W einstock]). The first librarian was
dess was displayed to her devotees. Her temple was Augustuss freedman C. Iulius Hyginus (Suetonius,
in Regio VI, Alta Semita, in Vicus Bellonae, not far G ram m . 20), and we have some sepulchral inscrip
from the Porta Collina, and stood in a grove (C IL tions of people proud of their association with
6.2 2 3 2 = IL S 4 1 8 1 , 22 3 5 ). It may well have been the library (C IL 6 .5 1 8 8 -8 9 = ILS 1 5 8 8 -8 9 , C IL
built by Sulla as a victory monument after the battle 6 .5 1 9 0 -9 1 ). The libraries have been identified as
of Porta Collina in 82 B .C . She is generally believed twin apsidal halls along the southeast side of the pre
to be the Cappadocian goddess M a and to have had cinct of Apollo adjacent to the Domus Augustiana.
another shrine somewhere on the Vatican Hill, per These are large halls preceded by a colonnade (?).
haps not far from the Phrygianum of the Magna M a The apses are shallow segmental arcs with a central
ter (q.v.), whom she resembles in a number of partic niche for emphasis, and the adjoining walls are di
ulars. Her worship was orgiastic, and her priests vided into bays above two shallow steps on either


side. Thus they conform to the general lines of li Tiberius in connection with the Temple of Divus Au
brary architecture, although positive identification is gustus (see Augustus Divus, Aedes). For it he ob
impossible. tained from Syracuse the statue of Apollo Temenites,
Nash 1 .2 0 4 -5 ; AJA 85 (1981): 3 3 5 -3 9 (D. L. remarkable for its size and beauty, but was unable to
Thompson). dedicate it, being cut off by death (Suetonius, Tib.
74). This may be the same as the Tuscanic bronze
Bibliotheca Asinii Pollionis: the first public li Apollo 50 feet high mentioned by Pliny (HN 34.43)
brary in Rome, built soon after 39 B .C . by Asinius as displayed in the library. The library was probably
Pollio as part of the rebuilding of the Atrium Liber- destroyed or damaged in the fire that destroyed
tatis (q.v.) from the spoils of his Parthinian cam the Temple of Augustus shortly before 79 (Pliny,
paigns in Dalmatia (Ovid, Trist. 3 .1 .7 1 -7 2 ; Pliny, H N 12.94) but, if so, was restored by Domitian (M ar
H N 7 .1 1 5 ; Isidore, Orig. 6.5 .2 ). It contained both tial 1 2 .3 .7 -8 ). From the way Martial speaks, it
Greek and Latin works and was embellished with would appear that the books, or most of them, sur
portraits of distinguished men of letters, among vived.
whom Varro was the only living person represented
(Pliny, H N 7.1 1 5 , 35 .1 0 ). Whether it also contained Bibliotheca Templi Pacis: see Pax, Templum.
other parts of Pollios extensive collection of art is
doubtful. Bibliotheca Ulpia: see Forum Traiani.

Bibliotheca Capitolina: mentioned only at its de Bona Dea: known only from three inscriptions
struction in a conflagration caused by lightning in found near one another and close to a small aedicu-
the reign of Commodus, a . d . 189 (Hieron. a. Abr. lar shrine near the church of S. Cecilia in Trastevere
2 2 0 4 ; Orosius 7 .1 7 .3 ). Orosius says: m aioru m cura in 1744 (C IL 6 .6 5 - 6 7 = IL S 3 5 0 0 -3 5 0 1 ). These in
stu d ioqu e com p ositam , which is further puzzling. form us that a sacrum B o n a e D ea e was restored by
M . Vettius Bolanus, cos. before a . d . 69, and that an
Bibliotheca Divi Traiani: see Forum Traiani. image was set up to watch over an Insula Bolani (or
Bolaniana) by a certain Cladus, who also made an
Bibliotheca Domus Tiberianae: see Domus other present to the Bona Dea. From these we can
Tiberiana. gather that this was a neighborhood sanctuary of
little importance, and the fact that it is not known
Bibliotheca Panthei: a library built for Alexander from other sources is not surprising. Because the
Severus by Julius Africanus, probably an adjunct of Bona Dea seems to have been considered especially
the Thermae Alexandrinae encroaching, or opening, efficacious in dealing with problems of vision, she
on the forecourt of the Pantheon in some way (P O xy may have had numerous neighborhood shrines (see,
3.39 no. 412). e.g., C IL 6 .6 8 , 73, 75 = IL S 3 5 0 6 , 3 5 0 8 , 3513).

Bibliotheca Porticus O ctaviae: built by Octavia Bona Dea Subsaxana, Aedes (Fig. 14): the prin
after the death of her son Marcellus in 23 B.C . as part cipal shrine of this goddess in Rome. It stood in Re-
of a memorial to him in the Porticus Octaviae (Ovid, gio X II (N ot., Cur.) below the Saxum, or Remoria,
Trist. 3 .1 .6 9 -7 0 ; Plutarch, M arc. 30 .6 ). The first li where Remus was supposed to have taken his au
brarian was C. Melissaeus, a freedman of Maecenas gural station preliminary to the founding of Rome
(Suetonius, G ram m . 21). Like other libraries of the (Ovid, Fast. 5 .1 4 9 -5 4 ; Festus 345L ). This was the
time, it was divided between books in Greek and north end of the eastern part of the Aventine, the
books in Latin (see, e.g., C IL 6 .2 3 4 7 -4 9 = ILS Aventinus Minor. The foundation of the temple is
1 9 7 0 -7 2 , C IL 6 .4 4 3 1 -3 5 , 51 9 2 ). It burned in the ascribed by Ovid (Fast. 5 .1 4 9 -5 4 ) to the senate, its
fire of Titus in 79 (Cass. Dio 6 6 .2 4 .2 ) but was early dedication to Claudia, a Vestal Virgin, and the prin
restored by Domitian (Suetonius, D om . 2 0); from cipal festival seems to have been on 1 May (Degrassi
the way Suetonius speaks, one gathers that it was 45 3 ). Because Festus (60L) equates the early Roman
considered a m ajor loss and that the work of restor goddess Bona Dea Fauna with the Greek Damia and
ing it was a major accomplishment. O f its later his adds that the priestess of the Bona Dea was called
tory we know nothing. Damiatrix, it has been supposed that the temple
might have been built after the capture of Tarentum
Bibliotheca Templi Divi Augusti (also called in 2 7 2 B .C ., for there was a festival called the Dameia
Bibliotheca Templi N ovi): a library established by there (see Roscher 1.1, s.v. D am ia [R. Peter]). But


the association of this temple with the legends of context of these gardens, unless it was a rebuilding
Hercules at the site of Rome (cf. Propertius 4 .9 ; Ma- of an older shrine.
crobius, Sat. 1 .1 2 .2 7 -2 9 ) makes it likely that it was
very old. Bucinum: a name listed by the regionary catalogues
The Bona Dea was unquestionably a goddess of in Regio IV after Aura, and sometimes confused with
fertility and healing with chthonic associations. She it (Aureum Bucinum, N ot.), and before Apollo San-
was frequently equated with M aia and the earth, daliarius. This tends to place it in the vicinity of Tem
sometimes with Proserpina, and called also Fauna, plum Pacis, perhaps just behind it. It also occurs once
Ops, and Fatua. Snakes were allowed to roam free in in the D igesta (14 .4 .5 .1 6 ) in the form a d Bucinum ,
her precinct, unharmed and harmless, and the temple as a place where a man might have a shop, as op
attendants provided a great range of simples to those posed to trans T iberim . The word means conch
in need of medicine, both men and women, but no shell and was perhaps in reference to a relief of such
man was allowed inside the temple (Macrobius, Sat. a shell used to identify a square or a street fountain.
1 .1 2 .2 0 -2 6 ). In 123 B .C . a Vestal Virgin, Licinia, This would probably have been on, or just off, the
tried to dedicate an altar, an aedicula, and a pulvinar Argiletum.
in the precinct, but the pontifices ordered them re
moved (Cicero, D om . 136). The temple was restored Busta Gallica: evidently a locus saeptus (cf. Varro,
by Livia (Ovid, Fast. 5 .1 5 7 -5 8 ) and again by H a Ling. 5.1 5 7 ) explained in various ways, as a place
drian (S.H.A. H adr. 19.11). It was still standing in where the Gauls cremated their dead promiscuously
the fourth century (N ot., Cur.), but no trace of it has in a period of pestilence while they were holding the
come to light. city (Livy 5 .4 8 .3 ), as well as a place where the Ro
mans heaped the bones of the slaughtered Gauls
Bonus Eventus, Templum: referred to only by after successfully retaking the city (Varro, Ling.
Ammianus Marcellinus (29.6.19), who says it was 5.1 5 7 ). Its general location is established by Minu-
near (prope) the Porticus Boni Eventus (q.v.), built ciuss speech in Livy 2 2 .1 4 .1 1 : although Camillus,
by Claudius, praefectus urbi in a . d . 374. The portico after being appointed dictator and coming to Rome,
was evidently in the Horti Agrippae, adjacent to the might have waited in safety on the summit of the
west side of the Thermae Agrippae (porticum . . . in- Janiculan hill, he chose that very day to descend and
gentem , lavacro A grippae contiguam ), but it does then crushed the Gauls in m ed ia u rbe and a d Busta
not follow that the temple necessarily also was. If, G allica. Because the only bridge across the Tiber at
however, five Corinthian capitals of extraordinary this time was the Pons Sublicius with its bridgehead
size that have turned up and been recorded in this in the Forum Boarium, the Busta Gallica should be
area in the late nineteenth century are remains of the in the Forum Boarium and probably within the line
portico, its line ran northwest/southeast, and we may of the Servian Walls, if it is in m ed ia urbe, although
see the remains of ancient walls in blocks of peperino Livy may not have known where that line lay. An
built into the foundations of S. M aria in Monterone important inscription of the time of Sulla, C IL
as a likely vestige of the temple. These indicate that l 2.8 09 = IL L R P 4 6 4 , gives fragmentary information
the temple would have faced east, away from the about the building and paving of streets, especially
portico. This building seems to have been aligned in the Forum Boarium and around the Circus M axi
with the Agrippan buildings in the neighborhood, at mus, and associates the Busta Gallica with a clivus
a slight angle to the buildings of Pompey, and so may and scalae. We may then be justified in putting it in
be part of Agrippas design. But a temple of Bonus the near vicinity of S. M aria in Cosmedin. This
Eventus, originally an entirely agricultural divinity would agree also with Varros listing of the Doliola
(Varro, Rust. 1.1.6), seems rather out of place in the (q.v.) immediately after the Busta Gallica.

C aca, Sacellum: a shrine said to be of the sister of (12.18.6) speaks of a Caelius M aior and a Caelius
Cacus, who betrayed him in one way or another and Minor, and Cicero (Har. R esp. 32) of a Caeliculus or
in return was given a sacellum at which the Vestal Caeliculum. The principal lobes of the Caelian are
Virgins worshiped with perennial fire. It is men those crowned by the Temple of Divus Claudius and
tioned by Servius (ad Aen. 8.190) and Lactantius the church of SS. Quattro Coronati, with a third ris
(Div. Inst. 1.20.36), but by no one else. Its impor ing east of S. Gregorio Magno. The line of the Ser
tance is as elusive as its whereabouts. Many students vian Walls is very uncertain for the whole of the Cae
of religion see Caca and Cacus as fire gods antedat lian, but it seems likely that the Arcus Dolabellae et
ing Vesta. Silani marks one of the gates, probably the Porta
Caelimontana, in which case we should be justified
Caci Scalae: see Scalae Caci. in identifying the street leading from this to the top
of the Clivus Scauri as the main artery of this part of
Cacus (or Cacum ): according to the C osm og rap h ia Rome and the lobes to either side of this as the Cae
(Riese, G eog. L at. Min. 83) another name for the lius M aior (the site of Divus Claudius) and Caelius
Forum Boarium: iuxta Forum B oariu m quern C acum Minor. Were we to take the line of the walls as run
dicunt transiens, but this is difficult to believe. It ning east along the southern brow of the hill (a more
looks as though this were the mangled remains of a defensible line) before cutting across the waist west
note explaining Cacuss responsibility for the name of the Lateran, then we should probably see the Cae
of the Forum Boarium. liolus as the lobe of SS. Quattro Coronati.

Caelimontium (and Caelemontium): the name Caelius M ons (Fig. 16): the southeasternmost of
given to Regio II of Augustan Rome in the regionary the seven hills of Rome, a long narrow tongue run
catalogues, appearing also in C/L 1 5 .7190 = ILS ning from its juncture with the plateau of the Esqui-
8730. It embraced various lobes of the Caelian Hill, line at Porta Maggiore in a gentle curve south and
reaching as far as the line of the Aurelian Walls, but west and ending in lobes at the church of SS. Quattro
not much else. The name is formed like Septim on- Coronati, the Temple of Divus Claudius, and behind
tium and perhaps derives especially from the Porta S. Gregorio Magno. Its length is about two kilome
Caelimontana of the Servian Walls. The street lead ters, its width never more than one-half kilometer. It
ing to that gate may have carried the same name and is separated from the Esquiline by a deepening valley,
been the principal artery here, as seems attested by down which a watercourse runs to empty into the
the epithet Caelimontienses occurring in C IL basin of the Colosseum (the Ceroniae); this then con
6 .31893 = IL S 6072 and C IL 6 .3 1 8 9 9 . tinued as a brook to the southwest through the valley
between Palatine and Caelian and joined the brook
Caeliolus (and Caeliolum): Varro (Ling. 5.46) running down the Vallis Murcia of the Circus M ax
says that after the Etruscan army of Caele Vibenna imus. In its upper reaches this second brook, now
had been settled on the Caelian, because that situa called the M arrana, separates the Caelian from the
tion seemed too well defended, some were moved to surrounding country and drains its southern slopes.
the Vicus Tuscus, while those who were above sus At its western end its draw was called the Vallis Ca-
picion were settled on the Caeliolus. Martial menarum, and through it at Porta Capena passed the
Figure 16
M on s C aeliu s, G eneral
P lan, Show ing Know n
Rem ains o f A ntiquity
and M odern Streets


Via Appia. The ancient Romans distinguished a Cae- was apparently devastated by fire (Tacitus, Ann.
lius M aior and a Caelius Minor, the latter also ap 4.64) and thereafter became a favorite place for the
parently called Caeliolus (q.v.). The valley between residences of the rich, but palatial houses (dom us)
the Caelian and the Oppius seems to have been rather than villas (horti). This character persisted at
called Subura, a duplication of the name of the valley least until the end of the fourth century.
between Esquiline and Quirinal, and in the city of A. M . Colini, Storia e top og rafa d el C elio n ellan-
the Regiones Quattuor (q.v.) the tribe of the Caelian tichita (M em PontA cc 7 [1944]).
was the Suburana (abbreviated Sue.), with the sug
gestion that this valley was the most populous sec Caesares, Septem: known only from inscriptions at
tion of the Regio. Praeneste (C IL 1 4.2886) and Reate (C IL 9 .4 6 8 0
The hill is said by Tacitus (Ann. 4.65) to have first = IL S 7484) but presumably indicating a district in
been called Querquetulanus Mons (q.v.) from the Rome. The first is the base of a statue of a freedman
oak woods covering it, but this is probably simply an of a certain Paris, in all probability the pantomimist
extrapolation from the name of the Porta Querque- of the reign of Nero, who was c o a c to r argentarius,
tulana (q.v.) in the Servian Walls. It is said to have the second of a vinarius, a septem C aesaribus. With
got the name Caelius from Caele Vibenna, an Etrus such diverse interests involved, we should look for a
can soldier of fortune who came to the aid of one of place of intense commercial activity, and the idea of
the kings of Rome with a force of fighting men and portraits of seven Caesars in a public place suggests
was rewarded with citizenship and land within the the neighborhood of the Mausoleum Augusti (q.v.)
city (Tacitus, Ann. 4 .6 5 ; Varro, Ling. 5 .4 6 ; Paulus (but see PAPS 125.5 [1981]: 3 6 8 - 6 9 [R. E. A. Pal
ex Fest. 38L and Festus 48 6 L ; Dion. Hal. 2 .36.2). mer]).
There was a well-known Gens Caelia, a plebeian
family, and the name is thus parallel to that of the Caesarum, Aedes: see Augustus Divus,
Oppius and Cispius. Under Tiberius, in consequence Sacrarium.
of a fire and miraculous preservation of a statue of
Tiberius, there was a proposal to change the name to Calcarienses: see [Schola] Calcariensium.
Mons Augustus, but this never caught on (Tacitus,
Ann. 4 .6 4 ; Suetonius, Tib. 48.2). Camellenses: a district in Rome where tradesmen
Tradition varies as to which king was responsible were found abusing the norms of business recog
for the addition of the Caelian to the city. We find it nized by the Romans and subject to an edict of the
ascribed to Romulus (Varro, Ling. 5.4 6 ), Tullus Hos- praefectus urbi Tarracius Bassus aimed at curbing
tilius ([Aur. Viet.], D e Vir. III. 4 .4 ; Dion. Hal. 3 .1.5), their activities (C IL 6 .3 1 8 9 3 = /LS 6 0 7 2 , 31899).
Ancus Marcius (Cicero, R ep. 2 .1 8 ; Strabo 5 .3 .7 They are listed immediately after the Caelimontan-
[234]), Tarquinius Priscus (Tacitus, Ann. 4.6 5 ), and ienses, which has been taken to mean that they be
Servius Tullius (C IL 13.1668 = IL S 212). When the longed somewhere on or near the Caelian, but, be
question is so inconsequential, the divergence of au cause in our main copy of this edict they are one of
thority is surprising. the first four names on the list and inscribed in letters
The line of the Servian Walls on the Caelian is dis conspicuously larger than the rest, they may have
cussed under the rubric Caeliolus (q.v.). Both Cae been singled out rather for the seriousness of the of
lian and Subura figured in the Septimontium (Festus fenses against them.
4 59L , 4 7 4 -7 6 L ) and were thus very old parts of the
city. The suggestion in Varros story of the transfer Camenae: originally almost certainly water god
ence of the Caelian settlement to the Vicus Tuscus desses presiding over a spring of especially good
because of the strategic strength of the Caelian and water (Vitruvius 8 .3 .1 ; Frontinus, A q. 1.4). They be
distrust of the Etruscans suggests a fortified village came assimilated to the Muses. Their spring was in a
or town, but this would probably have been pali grove on the Caelian near Porta Capena (Servius a d
saded at best and the defenses completely destroyed Aen. 7.6 9 7 ), almost certainly the spring of S. Gre
at the time of the transference. gorio Magno, m irabilis, im m o saluberrim us fons,
In the Augustan redistricting of Rome, the Caelian which Lanciani (LFUR sheet 35) connected with a
was divided among four of the new regiones, the well just to the northeast of the church. The name
western and southern slopes falling into I, the main was extended to the whole area around the spring,
body of the hill into II, most of the old Subura into including the valley between the Caelian and the Av-
III, and the eastern reaches of the hill into V. It was entine and a Vicus Camenarum (C IL 6.975 ILS
always thickly populated under the republic, but, so 6073). At the spring was a small aedicula of bronze,
far as we know, the site of no major temple or shrine, supposed to have been put there by Numa, which
a rather remarkable circumstance. In a . d . 2 7 the hill was struck by lightning and then removed to the


nearby Temple of Honos et Virtus (see Honos et Vir- subject of the first inscription is described as a gate
tus, Aedes) (Servius a d Aen. 1.8). Later still, in ca. keeper of the campus, the Forum Boarium cannot be
187 B .C ., M . Fulvius N obilior took it and put it in meant. The logical place for a Campus Boarius in the
his Temple of Hercules Musarum (see Hercules Mu- vicinity of Rome would be to the east of the city, but
sarum, Aedes). The aedicula must have been replaced beyond that one can say nothing.
by a full-scale temple, for the tragic poet Accius is
said to have erected a very tall statue of himself there Campus Bruttianus: mentioned in the regionary
(Pliny, H N 3 4 .1 9 ; cf. Juvenal 3.13). Presumably it is catalogues and Polemius Silvius (545), listed in Regio
the dedication of this temple that fell on 13 August XIV. Because the Gens Bruttia is well known, the al
and became the annual festival of the Camenae lusion is probably to that, rather than to the servants
(Degrassi 4 9 4 96). Juvenals comment on the revet of magistrates (A. Gellius 1 0 .3 .1 9 ; Paulus ex Fest.
ting of the banks of the spring with marble and con 28L ), whose interest in the right bank of the Tiber
version of it into an artificial nymphaeum (3 .1 7 -2 0 ) would be difficult to explain.
is probably somewhat exaggerated.
By order of Numa, the spring of the Camenae was Campus Caelemontanus: mentioned in a single
consecrated to the use of the Vestal Virgins, who had sepulchral inscription (C IL 6.9 4 7 5 ). On analogy
to sprinkle the Temple of Vesta daily with its water, with the Campus Viminalis and Campus Esquilinus,
which had to be fetched by hand (Plutarch, N um a this should be a tract of land just outside the Servian
13.2; Festus 152L). The Vicus Camenarum of Regio Walls at Porta Caelimontana.
I would presumably have been the street of which
Lanciani (LFUR sheet 35) shows only a small por Campus Codetanus: see Codeta.
tion, running slightly west of north from Porta Ca-
pena toward the Palatine. Campus Cohortium Praetoriarum : Hiilsens re
construction of the name for what Tacitus (Ann.
Campus: see Ager, Campus, Prata. 12.36) calls cam pus, q u i castra praeiacet, a zone be
tween the Castra Praetoriana and the Servian Walls,
Campus Agrippae: a considerable tract listed by where only altars, dedications, and such small mon
the regionary catalogues in Via Lata (Regio VII), uments as might suit a military drill ground have
probably laid out as a park and a place where R o come to light (B ullC om 4 [1876]: 17593 [R. Lan
mans liked to stroll (A. Gellius 14.5.1). It was begun ciani]; 5 [1877]: 2 1 -2 8 [R. Lanciani]).
by Agrippa and embellished with a portico built by
his sister, Vipsania Polla, but unfinished at his death Campus Esquilinus: a large area just outside the
and then completed by Augustus. The Porticus Vip Porta Esquilina, which in the late republic was the
sania (q.v.) was still standing at the time the region great cemetery of Rome, where burial of public he
ary catalogues were compiled, and Martial locates it roes could be made in plots assigned by decree of the
close to a gate and with its laurels in view from his senate (Cicero, Phil. 9.17) and slaves could be laid
house (Martial 4 .1 8 .1 2, 1.108.3), which was on the down beside wits and neer-do-wells (Horace, Sat.
clivus leading from the Temple of Quirinus to the 1 .8 .8 -1 6 ). The part between the Servian Walls and
Temple of Flora (see Domus Martialis). So the gate the line of the Aurelian Walls was reclaimed under
is probably the Porta Quirinalis (q.v.), and the Cam Augustus and made the fifth regio of the city, Esqui-
pus Agrippae may have extended from the street liae, but under Claudius public executions were still
leading out through this gate (following roughly the performed in the Campus Esquilinus (Suetonius,
line of Via delle Quattro Fontane) on the east, pos C laud. 2 5 .3 ; cf. Strabo 5 .3 .9 [237]), so the cemetery
sibly as far as Via Lata on the west and Via S. Clau limit must simply have been moved beyond the new
dio on the north (along the line of the so-called Aqua line. Once reclaimed, the former cemetery was re
Sallustiana), if the remains of a portico found just garded as a very salubrious district. Maecenas built
south of Via del Tritone belong to the Porticus Vip his famous horti (see Horti Maecenatiani) there, and
sania. On the south it may have been bounded by the Propertius lived there (3.23.24, 4 .8 .1 2). The ar
line of the Servian Walls on the brow of the Quirinal, chaeological finds indicate that this cemetery was in
if Agrippa was allowed to include the pomerial strip use from the seventh century B.C . to the first. A gap
within it. from the end of the sixth century to the middle of the
fourth, for which no burials have been recovered, is
Campus Boarius: known only from inscriptions puzzling.
(C IL 6 .9 2 2 6 ; cf. 12.1 2 5 9 = IL L R P 802). Because the B u llC om 42 (1914): 1 1 7 -7 5 (G. Pinza); I. S. Ry-


berg, An A rch aeolog ical R ecord o f R om e (Philadel

phia 1940), 1 -1 5 3 ; R om a m ed io rep u bblican a (show
catalogue, Rome 1973), 1 8 8 -2 3 3 .

Campus Flaminius: evidently synonymous with

Prata Flaminia (q.v.), used by Varro (Ling. 5.154)
and explained as the site around which the Circus
Flaminius was built and from which it took its name.
Because we now know that the Circus Flaminius was
simply a public square and not a regular circus,
Varro must be rationalizing. Livy (Epit. 20) says that
Gaius Flaminius as censor (220 B .C .) built both the
Via Flaminia and the circus.

C am pus Io v is: mentioned only once (S.H.A. Pes-

cen. N iger 12.4) as the site of the house of Pescen-
nius. In the absence of any corroborative evidence or
reasonable explanation of the phrase, it is to be re
garded as fictitious.

C am pus L a n a ta riu s: listed by the regionary cata

logues in Regio X II and probably to be associated Figure 17
with the Area Pannaria (q.v.) of Regio I. This would Southern Cam pus
have been the site of a wool market, probably out M artiu s, Porticus
O ctav iae, Porticus
side the Servian Walls (hence cam p u s), so very likely
Philippi, Tem ple o f
on the Via Appia, and possibly it and the Area Pan
A pollo M edicu s, Temple
naria were on opposite sides of the road, not far o f B ello n a , Theatru m
from Porta Capena. It must have been relatively old M a rce lli, and
to be called cam pus, and lanatarius may be a mistake A djacencies,
R epresentation on the
for either lanarius, the form one would expect,
M arb le Plan in
or better laniarius, because butchers were to be R elation to
found outside Porta Capena (C IL 6 .1 6 7 = ILS M odern Streets
3 6 8 2 a = IL L R P 97, C IL 6.168 = IL L R P 9 8 ; Plautus,
Pseud. 3 2 6 -3 4 ).
others called differently, as were the Prata Flaminia,
C am pus M a r tia lis : a place on the Caelian where Aemiliana, and Villa Publica. In Augustuss time the
the Equirria were held whenever flooding of the Campus Martius proper seems to have begun only at
Campus Martius prevented their being held there the Petronia Amnis (q.v.) (Festus 296L). In the Au
(Paulus ex Fest. 117L ; Ovid, Fast. 3 .5 1 7 22). This gustan division of the city, the Campus Martius was
was probably just beyond the line of the Servian divided between Regio VII, Via Lata, and Regio IX,
Walls and very probably the same as the Campus Circus Flaminius, the line of division between the
Caelemontanus (q.v.). If there is a memory of it pre two being somewhat uncertain, but lying parallel to
served in the name of the medieval church of S. Gre the line of the Via Flaminia and possibly along it.
gorio in M artio, it may have lain a little to the west The topographical value of the evidence of C IL
of the baptistery of S. Giovanni in Laterano (HCh 6.8 7 4 = ILS 5935 must remain doubtful; it deals
2 5 8 -5 9 ). with the princeps purchase of land from private in
dividuals in order to make it public, but the phrase
Campus Martius (Figs. 17, 18): the flood plain of a d cam p, versus is susceptible of more than one in
the Tiber north of Rome, bounded by the river on terpretation and is hardly likely to mean everything
the west, by the Pincian Hill on the east, and by the north of the Pantheon.
Quirinal and Capitoline hills on the southeast and The Campus in its broadest extent stretched about
south. This very large tract was divided into smaller two kilometers north and south from the Capitoline
units to identify particular locations, some of them Hill to beyond Porta Flaminia and about the same
also called campus, as was the Campus Agrippae, east and west from the Quirinal hill to the Pons Ner-


Figure 18 onianus. It was low, its surface only 3 - 8 m above the volcanic vent of some sort from which issued hot va
Cam pus M artiu s, Tiber, and with few, and only minor, elevations; con por near the river just below the bend at Ponte
Area along the Southern
sequently it was subject to frequent flooding. It was Vittorio Emanuele; this was the origin of the Taren-
Stretch o f Via L ata
cut and drained by two important watercourses; tum (q.v.). It has since disappeared and may have
(Via F lam inia),
P orticus M in u cia one, the Petronia Amnis, ran south and west from disappeared quite early. The Campus was essentially
Fru m en taria (?), Statio the western slope of the Quirinal, its source being the open ground, but there may have been an oak grove,
C o ho rtis I V igilum , Fons Cati (see Cati Fons), now in the courtyard of the Aesculetum (q.v.), near the river at the southern
Tem ple o f Divus
Palazzo del Quirinale. This passed along the line of end of modern Via Arenula.
H adrianu s, and
C olum na M a rci A urelii Via S. M arco and Via delle Botteghe Oscure to the The Campus Martius, often simply called Campus
western end of the latter, where it turned abruptly (see, e.g., Livy 4 0 .5 2 .4 ; Cicero, C at. 2 .1 ; Horace,
south and emptied into the Tiber opposite the west Carm . 1.8.4, 3 .1 .1 1 ), was traditionally land that be
end of the island. The other drained the valley be longed to Tarquinius Superbus and after his expul
tween the Pincian and the Quirinal now marked by sion was dedicated to M ars (Livy 2 .5 .2 ; Plutarch,
Via del Tritone; its ancient name is unknown, and in Poplic. 8 .1 ; Florus However, there was an
modern times it is usually called the Aqua Sallustiana other tradition, that the Campus had early been ded
(q.v.). Its springs were near the eastern end of Via icated to M ars and had been appropriated by Tar
Sallustiana, and it followed, as it does today, a qun, and to support this was the evidence of the
roughly east-northeast/west-southwest course, emp existence of an Ara Martis in the Campus as early as
tying into the Tiber near Ponte Umberto I, opposite the time of Numa (Dion. Hal. 5 .1 3 .2 ; Festus 204L).
the Palazzo di Giustizia. There was also a swamp, the The former was the more popular tradition, though
Palus Caprae, or Capreae, in the little basin now the latter seems sounder.
marked by the Pantheon; this may have been the From the beginning of the republic the Campus
source of a rivulet that followed, at least in part, the was ag er pu blicu s, and only in the time of Sulla,
line of the runoff of the Thermae Agrippae, often when there was an economic crisis brought on by the
called the Euripus Agrippae, running west and then Social War and the war impending with Mithridates,
northwest in an arc to empty into the Tiber just was part of it sold for private ownership (Orosius
above Ponte Vittorio Emanuele. There was also a 5 .1 8 .2 7 ). This was the land near the Capitoline that


was traditionally assigned to the members of the But the evidence suggests that they were all clustered
chief priesthoods. The name of the Prata Flaminia in the Prata Flaminia or close to the Petronia Amnis.
may reflect either a very old ownership (Livy Building on a large scale in the middle Campus be
3 .5 4 .1 5 , 3.6 3.7) or, more likely, may have been given gan only with Pompeys theater and porticoes and
to the area on the left bank of the Petronia Amnis Julius Caesars project for the Saepta in the middle
after the creation of the Circus Flaminius. Gellius of the first century B.C . Caesar is said to have con
(7.7.4) says the Campus Tiberinus (q.v.) was the ceived the idea of enlarging the Campus by diverting
same as the Campus Martius and the gift of a Vestal the Tiber to a straightened course close under Monte
Virgin, Gaia Taracia or Fufetia, to the state, but this M ario and the Vatican (Cicero, Att. 13 .3 3 .4 ); so far
is very doubtful, and Gellius is our only authority for as we know, the project was never more than a pro
it. However, certainly after Sulla and possibly before posal.
him, encroachment on the Campus by private build Beginning with Pompeys theater, the central Cam
ers was a serious problem (cf. Cicero, N at. D. 2 .1 1 ; pus Martius was rapidly built up. By the end of the
Att. 1 3 .3 3 .4 ; Varro, Rust. 3 .2.5). Some of these reign of Augustus, there can have been practically no
buildings may have been on land awarded the build space available in the area south and east of the Pan
ers as an honor (cf. Servius a d Aen. 9.272), but theon, while buildings and park associated with the
others were probably simply abusive. The regionary Mausoleum Augusti filled the throat between the
catalogues list 3,805 insulae and 120 domus in river and the Via Flaminia to the north. By the end
Regio VII, as well as 2 ,7 7 7 insulae and 140 domus of the reign of Hadrian, the only open space of any
in Regio IX . extent was an area west of the Stadium of Domitian
Early the Campus was regularly used as a public around which the river looped and another north of
pasture and provided space and facilities for military the straight street running from the vicinity of Piazza
drilling and athletics, including swimming (Dion. Colonna to the Pons Neronianus. This open space
Hal. 5 .1 3 .2 ; Horace, C arm . 3 .7 .2 5 2 8 ; Vegetius was probably kept free of construction as long as
1.10). It lay outside the pomerium throughout the possible, but the second area at least was probably a
republic and must have been curiously gerryman park rather than playing fields and drill grounds.
dered by the surveyors of the new pomerial lines in Strabo (5.3.8 [236]) has left a brilliant description of
the early empire (see Pomerium). It was not brought the Campus in his day, in which he characterizes it
wholly within the pomerium until the construction as the showplace p ar ex cellen ce of Rome.
of the Aurelian Walls. It therefore made an ideal With the decline of the population of Rome
place for the assembly of citizens both in their mili brought on by the removal of power to Constanti
tary formations as an army and in the comitia cen- nople and other centers, as well as the decline in
turiata in which they voted and the census was con wealth and vigor brought by the barbarian inva
cluded (Livy 1 .4 4 .1 -2 ; Dion. Hal. 4 .2 2 .1 2 ; A. sions, the dwindling population of Rome became
Gellius 1 5 .2 7 .4 -5 ). The area in which the voting concentrated more and more in and around the
was conducted was given the humorous name Ovile, Campus Martius. This was the heart of the city in
later changed to Saepta (cf. Servius a d E el. 1.33). In the Renaissance and baroque periods and still re
the buildings in the Campus, the senate accorded au mains so to a very large degree today. New develop
diences to embassies that were forbidden entrance to ments have produced large satellite communities of
the city (see, e.g., Livy 3 0 .2 1 .1 2 , 33.24.5). every sort, but the Campus Martius is the hub from
Besides the Altar of M ars, which must have been which they radiate.
very ancient, we know of three other early cult cen HJ 4 7 2 - 6 2 1 ; M em L in c, ser. 8.1 (1949): 9 3 -1 9 3
ters here, the Ara Ditis et Proserpinae in the Taren- (F. Castagnoli); Lugli 1938, 5 - 2 8 2 ; Lugli 1975,
tum, the Apollinare with the Temple of Apollo built 4 1 0 -7 7 , especially 4 1 1 -1 4 ; M EFRA 89 (1977):
in 431 B .C ., and the Temple of Bellona beside the 8 0 7 -4 6 (F. Coarelli); L iv e rp o o l C lassical M onthly 4
Apollinare, vowed in 296 B.C . However, the archae (1979): 12934 (T. P. Wiseman); A nalR om , suppl.
ological evidence from the Area Sacra of Largo Ar 10 (1983): 2 1 - 4 0 (L. Quilici); TAPS 80.2 (1990): 1 -
gentina proves that two of the four temples there, A 64 (R. E. A. Palmer).
and C, have a phase that goes back to the early third
century at the latest, so we may presume that temples Campus M inor: mentioned only by Catullus
were not uncommon in the southern Campus M ar (55.3), perhaps an alternate name for the part of the
tius by the time of the Punic wars. Between the Punic Campus Martius stretching from the Petronia Amnis
wars and Actium, we hear of at least fifteen temples to the Capitoline, at least part of which was also
built in the Campus, most of them victory monu known as the Prata Flaminia (q.v.).
ments, and can presume the list is far from complete. PBSR 48 (1980): 6 -1 6 (T. P. Wiseman).


Campus Neronis (also Prata Neronis): a desig was probably a phrase invented for the occasion and
nation in documents of the seventh to eleventh cen not in general use. See Vaticanus.
turies inclusive (Jordan 2 .4 3 0 ), evidently identical
with the plain of Nero of Procopius (B ellG o th Campus Viminalis Subager (for Sub Aggere [?]):
1.19.3, 2 8 .1 5 , 2 9 .2 2 -2 5 ; 2 .1 .4 - 5 , 2 .1 9 -2 1 ). It was found only in the regionary catalogues, listed in Re-
the district on the right bank of the Tiber to which gio V. This ought to be the area just outside the Porta
the Pons Neronianus led and where the Circus Gaii Viminalis, perhaps deliberately kept free of construc
et Neronis stood, probably all the relatively flat land tion for public use. The area outside Porta Viminalis
between the Circus Gaii et Neronis and the Tiber, has yielded very little in the way of archaeological
and probably reaching as far east as the Mausoleum remains in the part north of Porta Viminalis, prob
Hadriani. But in at least one source it seems re ably because of the proximity of the Castra Praeto-
stricted to the area immediately surrounding the cir ria. The troops quartered there must have used this
cus (D issPontA cc 2 .8 .3 7 6 [C. Hlsen]). as an exercise ground. But the finds are almost
equally scarce in the area south of Porta Viminalis,
Campus Octavius: listed in the addenda to the re- where the Campus should lie in order to fall within
gionary catalogues and Polemius Silvius (545), but Regio V. It seems not unlikely that this was a public
otherwise unknown. park.

Campus Pecuarius: listed in the appendix of the Canalis: the open channel of the Cloaca through the
regionary catalogues and in a single inscription (C IL Forum Romanum in Plautuss day (Cure. 476). Livy
6 .9 6 6 0 = IL S 7 5 1 5 ), the funerary inscription of a (1.56.2) credits Tarquinius Superbus with culverting
negotiator. It probably lay close outside the Servian the Cloaca, but it appears rather that he dredged out
Walls, but everything else about it is uncertain. its channel and confined it within walls to prevent
flooding. It was probably in large part culverted in
Campus Sceleratus: an area in the agger just inside preparation for the construction of the Basilica Ful-
Porta Collina and south of Vicus Portae Collinae via et Aemilia in 179 B.c. Cf. also Paulus ex Fest.
where Vestal Virgins who were convicted of unchast 40L : Canalicolae forenses.
ity were buried alive in a small chamber prepared for
this purpose (Dion. Hal. 2 .6 7 .3 - 4 ; Plutarch, N um a Capita Bubula, Ad: a locality in the Regio Pala-
1 0.67; Festus 4 4 8 L ; Servius a d Aen. 11.206). The tina, the birthplace of Augustus (Suetonius, Aug. 5)
first infliction of this punishment may have been in near the Curiae Veteres (q.v.), because Servius (ad
337 b . c . (Livy 8 .1 5 .7 -8 ). Aen. 8.361) says Augustus was born in curiis veteri-
bus, therefore probably near the northeast angle of
Campus Tiberinus: identified by Aulus Gellius the hill. It may be that the faade of the Curiae Ve
(7.7.4) as an alternate name for the Campus Mar- teres was decorated with the skulls of the animals
tius. Both Gellius and Pliny (H N 34.25) tell the story sacrificed there.
that the Campus Tiberinus was presented to the Ro
man state by a Vestal Virgin, Gaia Taracia or Fufetia. Capitolinus M ons (Fig. 19): the smallest of the
Plutarch (P op lic. 8.4) gives a slightly different ver seven hills of Rome, a ridge between the Forum R o
sion, in which the land donated is adjacent to the manum and the Campus Martius with an axis lying
Campus Martius that belonged to Tarquinius Super northeast/southwest, the southwest end precipitous
bus, possibly land on the left bank of the Petronia cliffs above the river (see Tarpeia Rupes), the north
Amnis, what was later called the Prata Flaminia. But east end dropping to a low saddle to connect with
Boehm, following the lead of Mommsen, has shown the lower heights of the Quirinal. The Capitoline
that the story of Gaia Taracia is a doublet of that of proper was composed of two heights connected by a
Acca Larentia and that both spring from a single high saddle, at least part of which was known as In
root. M acrobius (Sat. 1.10.16) tells us that Acca left ter Duos Lucos, the site of modern Piazza del Cam-
four agri to the Roman people, the Ager Turax, the pidoglio, especially the eastern part of this. The
Ager Semurius, the Ager Lintirius, and the Ager So- southwestern height, slightly lower than the north
lenius. The first and Taracia are clearly the same eastern and larger, was originally known as Mons
name. Saturnius (Varro, Ling. 5 .4 2 ; Festus 4 3 0 L ; Solinus
1.12). It was also known as Mons Tarpeius from the
Campus Vaticanus: used only by Cicero (Att. cliff at its southwest extremity from which criminals
13.33.4) in a context in which it is clear that he condemned on capital charges were hurled, the name
means the area now known as Prati di Castello. It of the Saxum Tarpeium or Rupes Tarpeia being ex

Figure 19
M on s C apitolinus and
A d jacencies, Plan
Show ing Rem ains of
A ntiquity in R elation to
M odern Streets
and Buildings

tended to both the southwest lobe and the hill as a the Centum Gradus (q.v.). According to one story
whole (Varro, Ling. 5.41). After Tarquinius Priscus the name was changed because of an agreement
decided to build the temple to the Capitoline triad Romulus made with Titus Tatius that the gate should
on the southern height and excavations were being always remain open, or always open to the Sabines
made for the foundations of the massive temple, a (Fastus 246L , 496L ). The etymology is questionable,
human head of remarkable size and perfect preser but we must presume the gate was regularly open
vation was discovered and taken as an omen that this throughout the classical period.
would be the head of the world (Livy 1.55.56; It has become usual to distinguish the northeastern
Varro, Ling. 5.41). From this event, the epithet Cap- height by the name Arx, but arx is a common noun
itolinus was added to the titles of Jupiter and given and should apply to everything within the system of
to the hill, being extended to include the hill as a fortifications. The very common phrase arx et Capi-
whole, although the Area Capitolina (q.v.) was con tolium (cf., e.g., Livy 1.33.2, 2 .7 .1 0 ; Val. M ax.
fined to the southwestern height. 3 .2 .7 ; Tacitus, Ann. 11.23) is probably simply tau
Both heights must have been included in a single tological, the Capitolium and arx being inseparable.
system of fortifications from a very early period, per If the northeastern height ever had a name, no one
haps originally simply palisading. During the sack of tells us what this might have been. It may well have
the city by the Gauls in about 3 9 0 B .C ., the fighting been called Auguraculum (see Auguraculum [1]),
strength of Rome took refuge on the Capitoline and from the station where Numa was consecrated king
was able to hold it against every assault, including of Rome (Livy 1 .1 8 .6 -1 0 ) and the augurs took
one by way of the Saxum Tarpeium (Livy 5 .3 9 .9 monthly auspices for the new month, because that is
4 0 .6 , 4 3 .1 -5 , 4 7 .1 -5 ). Propertius (4.4) would have the earliest shrine we hear of there and seems to have
the same state of affairs prevail during the war with been kept deliberately in its primitive state until a
Titus Tatius, which is only logical if the Capitoline late period. In the early settlement of Rome after the
was defended by the Romans. A gate in the castel- war with Titus Tatius, the Capitoline was believed to
lum, originally called the Porta Saturnia, was later have been given to the Sabines, and Titus Tatius is
known as the Porta Pandana (Varro, Ling. 5 .4 2 ; So- said to have had his house on the northeastern
linus 1.13). It was on the Capitoline crest (Dion. Hal. height, on the spot later occupied by the Temple of
1 0.14.2) and was probably a postern at the top of Iuno Moneta (Solinus 1.21). This may explain the


persistence of the term collis for the Capitoline (Livy (C IL l 2.7 2 6 -2 8 = 6 .3 0 9 2 5 -2 7 = 1LS 3 2 - 3 4 = IL L R P
1.12.1; Martial 1 2 .2 1 .6 ; Arnobius, Adv. N at. 1 7 5 -7 7 , but see Degrassis note on nos. 1 7 4 -8 1 ). It
4 .3 ; Augustine, D e civ. D. 2 .2 2 , 3 .8 , 3 .1 2 , 4.2 3), stood at one end of the Clivus Proximus a Flora su-
in accordance with the pattern of the Quirinal sus versus Capitolium Vetus, a clivus probably be
and Viminal, despite its usual designation as mons. ginning at Porta Quirinalis and ending at Alta Sem-
The slopes of both heights were steep and possibly ita, possibly the street that became Ad Malum
improved for defense by scarping in various sectors. Punicum beyond Alta Semita.
The only road from the direction of the Forum Ro-
manum up the hill was the Clivus Capitolinus (q.v.), Caprae Palus (Capreae, Ovid, Fast. 2 .4 9 1 ): a
which began at the Temple of Saturn and climbed place in the Campus Martius mentioned only in con
steeply along the slope to the southwest before turn nection with the disappearance of Romulus, who
ing and making directly for the entrance to the Area was holding a con tio, or a review of the army, there
Capitolina. A stair, the Gradus Monetae (q.v.), later when there was a sudden local squall and darkness
replaced by the Scalae Gemoniae (q.v.), led from the of brief duration, in the midst of which Romulus dis
end of the Sacra Via directly up the northeastern appeared (Livy 1 .1 6 .1 ; Florus 1 .1 .1 6 ; Solinus 1.20;
height (E. Platner et al., B eschreibu n g d er Stadt R om etc.). It is widely assumed that this would have been
3.2 [Stuttgart and Tbingen 1838], 16; cf. AJA 82 in the basin of the Pantheon, the lowest part of the
[1978]: 241 [L. Richardson]). A second stair led Campus Martius, and this likelihood is strengthened
from the lower slopes, the level of the Temple of by the proximity of the Saepta here, which replaced
Concordia, through the Tabularium to the saddle be the Ovile, a natural place for a contio. But there is
tween crests. A third stair, the Centum Gradus (q.v.), no proof. If it was in the basin of the Pantheon,
led from the Forum Holitorium to the top of the Agrippa must have drained it in preparation for the
Saxum Tarpeium. Ancient streets have been found construction of his complex of buildings here.
under Piazza del Campidoglio that ran to both
heights and connected with the Clivus Capitolinus
Capralia: according to Paulus ex Fest. (57L), the
behind the Porticus Deorum Consentium (q.v.), as
correct name for the district commonly called a d ca
well as one that probably ran down along the line of
prae paludes. Because in the Augustan period the Ca
the Cordonata to the Campus Martius, but it has not
prae Palus must have disappeared under Agrippas
been possible to follow this far enough to be sure
Saepta and Thermae, one wonders about the persist
where it led. The lower slopes of the hill seem to have
ence of the designation.
been covered with shops and housing from a very
early period, building that came right up to the walls
by the early imperial period (see, e.g., Tacitus, Hist. Capraria, Aedicula: see Aedicula Capraria.
The Capitoline was not included in the city of the Caput Africae (Fig. 16): listed by the regionary cat
Regiones Quattuor (q.v.), and it did not have any alogues in Regio II and known from inscriptions to
shrine of the Argei, so far as we know, which sug have been the site of a p aed ag og iu m for slaves in the
gests that it was regarded as special and possibly out imperial house (C IL 5 .1 0 3 9 = ILS 1826, C IL
side the pomerium. However, the presence of the 6 .1 0 5 2 , 8 9 8 2 -8 7 [8983 = IL S 1832]), one of whom
Porta Stercoraria (q.v.) along the Clivus Capitolinus was to be a vestitor. A base bearing a dedication to
can be taken to indicate that it was regarded as a sort Caracalla of a . d . 198 lists twenty-four p aed ag og i, all
of no mans land, an idea that the presence of the freedmen, six of them vernae. They describe them
Asylum (q.v.) and Saxum Tarpeium could also be selves as a cap ite A fricae, but usually capu t is not
used to support. Because this was the very heart and declined. Presumably the name came from an alle
head of the official religion of the Roman state, it gorical head of Africa wearing the spoils of the ele
was above the limitations and characterization of phant; because this survived as late as the Einsiedeln
other places in the city. itinerary of the eighth century, it must have been
Jordan 1 .2 .1 -1 5 4 ; Lugli 1946, 1 -5 3 . sculpted, and it might be the standard of a street
fountain or similar landmark.
Capitolium Vetus (Fig. 7 2): a sacellum on the This gave its name to a vicus, convincingly identi
Quirinal dedicated to Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, fied by G. Gatti (A d i 54 [1882]: 1 9 1 -2 2 0 ) with the
believed to be older than the Capitoline temple ancient street under Via della Navicella. He also
(Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 8 ). It was still a landmark in the demonstrated that Caput Africae lay southwest of
time of M artial (5.2 2.4 , 7.73.4) and is listed in the the vicus, toward the Temple of Divus Claudius.
regionary catalogues. It may have been the source Probably it stood at or near the juncture of the Vicus
of a group of inscriptions belonging to dedications Capitis Africae and a nameless street perpendicular

to it leading in the direction of SS. Quattro Coronati,

and the paedagogium was behind it.

Caput Gorgonis: mentioned only in the regionary

catalogues, listed in Regio XIV. Granted the enor
mous popularity of the motif used decoratively in
every medium and at every scale, one feels this ought
to have been in some way remarkable, perhaps in the
round or of exceptional material, but nothing further
is known about it.

Caput Tauri: see Forum Tauri.

Career (Figs. 19, 2 0 ): the only public jail of Rome,

at the foot of the Capitoline between the Temple of
Concordia and the Curia, and with a faade on the
Clivus Argentarius. It was not a place for long im
Figure 2 0
prisonment, simply a place of detention, and espe C areer, Plan o f B o th
cially the place where non-citizens condemned of Storeys
capital crimes were executed, usually by strangula and Section
tion. These were especially the kings who had fought
against Rome, such as Jugurtha and Vercingetorix,
who would be taken to the Career immediately after itium; its south wall, that of the Temple of Concor
having been exhibited in the triumphal procession. dia. It is constructed largely of Monteverde tufa and
The Catilinarian conspirators were also executed is dated 1 2 0 -8 0 B .C . by Frank. The faade, in blocks
there (Sallust, Cat. 55.16). See Livy 1 .3 3 .8 ; Veil. of travertine, is the work of the consuls Vibius Rufi-
Pat. 2 .7 .2 ; Val. M ax. 9 .1 2 .6 ; Pliny, H N 7 .2 1 2 ; Fes- nus and Cocceius Nerva, as the inscription informs
tus 325L . us, between a . d . 39 and 4 2 (C1L 6 .1 5 3 9 , 3 1 6 7 4 ); it
It is described by Sallust (Cat. 5 5 .1 6) and still has the grim forbidding strength one associates with
consists of two parts, as he says. The underground prisons.
part was called the Tullianum, a name derived, ac One is a bit surprised that the Romans should have
cording to our ancient sources (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 1 ; chosen a place with a spring for their jail. It may be
Festus 490L ), from its having been built by Servius that originally criminals were condemned to death
Tullius, but more likely deriving from a spring (tul- by starvation, and the spring functioned as the jug of
lius) that still rises in its floor. This existed in an water deposited with Vestal Virgins condemned for
tiquity (cf. Propertius 4 .4 .3 -1 4 and the nearby Porta unchastity. Or it may be that the Career began its
Fontinalis), as shown by an ancient drain that con existence as a springhouse and was converted to use
veyed its water to the southeast, evidently to empty as a jail when the spring failed to produce an ade
into the Cloaca. In antiquity this lower chamber was quate supply. It was still in use in the fourth century
accessible only by a shaft in the center of the roof. (Amm. M arc. 2 8 .1 .5 7 ). The epithet Mamertinus is
This chamber was originally round, almost 7 m in post-classical.
diameter, built of large blocks of peperino. The walls Frank 3 9 - 4 7 ; Lugli 1946, 1 0 7 -1 1 ; Nash 1 .2 0 6 -
are three courses high, only about 2 m, with a strong 8; R om a sotterran ea (show catalogue, Rome 1984),
batter, while Sallust says it was 12 feet high, so 1 1 2 -1 6 (R. Luciani); Coarelli 1985, 6 4 -7 6 .
higher parts may have been lost when the present
flat-arched roof was installed. Frank dates the con Carinae: probably the whole brow of the western
struction of the chamber to the third century b . c ., end of the Oppius from the vicinity of the church of
and the roof to sometime after 100 b . c ., after the S. Pietro in Vincoli around to the Thermae Titi (see,
upper chamber was constructed. This roof was ex e.g., Livy 2 6 .1 0 .1 ; Varro, Ling. 5 .4 7 -4 8 ; Horace,
tensively repaired at a later date. Before the upper Epist. 1 .7 .4 8; Dion. Hal. 1 .6 8 .1 , 3 .2 2 .8 ), probably
chamber was built, the ring was cut by a straight deriving its name from a fancied resemblance be
wall of Grotta Oscura tufa across its front on the tween the natural shape of the edge and a row of
Comitium, presumably during work of regulariza upturned boats (but see Servius a d Aen. 8.361). It
tion in connection with the Comitium. was a fashionable place to live, especially in the late
The upper chamber is a trapezoid vaulted north republic; Pompeys Domus Rostrata was there (Ci
and south. Its east wall follows the line of the Com- cero, Har. R esp. 4 9 ; Suetonius, G ram m . 15; Florus


2.1 8 .4 ), and Augustus was brought up there (Servius and was clearly largely subterranean, the only win
a d Aen. 8.361). Its most conspicuous monument was dows being in the crowns of the vaulted ceilings.
the Temple of Tellus (see Tellus, Aedes). Toward the There are remains of four rooms, all originally
east it was bounded by the Murus Terreus (q.v.), vaulted, but for only one of these is the plan com
which was probably a terrace wall of crude brick plete. It is small and trapezoidal, one wall running at
(Varro, Ling. 5.4 8 ), certainly not an agger, as many a distinct angle, with a rather deep vestibule and an
commentators have supposed. alcove, probably for a piece of furniture, adjacent to
E ran os 85 (1987): 1 2 2 -3 0 (A. Fridh). the entrance. The other rooms seem to have been reg
ularly rectangular and may have given on a court
Carmentis, Fanum (Sacellum, Ara, Arae): the yard or peristyle to the northeast. The use of all of
shrine of Carmentis (or Carmenta), a goddess of them is obscure. The pavements are fine mosaic.
prophecy widely supposed to be the Arcadian The decorations are highly architectonic, repro
mother of Evander, a divinity who also helped ducing the schemes of Pompeian First Style decora
women in childbirth, probably originally a water tions, but with the addition of illusionistic columns
nymph. The Carmentalia was celebrated on 11 and raised on a continuous plinth in one room and on
15 January (Degrassi 3 9 4 - 9 5 , 398). The shrine was individual plinths in another. These appeared to
at the foot of the Capitoline at the Porta Carmentalis carry the vaults. Opus sectile of trompe loeil effect
of the Servian Walls, which took its name from her is reproduced in some panels, and throughout there
(Solinus 1.13; Servius a d Aen. 8.337). It is variously is meticulous attention to detail and the rendering of
called a fanum (Solinus 1.13; A. Gellius 18.7.2), a the mottling of certain stones shown. Much of the
sacellum (Ovid, Fast. 1.629), an ara (Vergil, Aen. painting is close to being a translation of First Style
8.337), and arae (Varro, ap. G ell. 16.16.4). The last decoration into painted illusion. The only stucco re
is probably most accurate. Varro says that to avert lief is in the vaults and the lunettes, one of which
the danger of having a child born feet first, altars shows a pair of gryphons in heraldic symmetry flank
were set up in Rome to the two Carmentes, one sur- ing an elaborate scrolled vine springing from a clump
named Postverta, the other surnamed Prorsa (or Por- of acanthus. This has given the building its name.
rima). Ovid {Fast. 1 .6 3 3 -3 6 ) explains these two G. E. Rizzo, L e pitture della C asa d ei G rifi
Carmentes as sisters or companions of the Arcadian {M onum enti della pittura an tica scop erti in Italia,
goddess, deriving their names from their ability to sec. 3, Roma fasc. 1 [Rome 1936]).
look into both the past and the future. It may be that
originally there was a single altar and subsequently Casa dei Paesaggi dellOdissea: a large late-
others were added in its proximity. republican house on the northwest slope of the Cis-
In the recent excavations of the Area Sacra di S. pian above Via Cavour at the corner between Via
Omobono, despite careful research, no trace of Sforza and Via dei Quattro Cantoni, evidently devel
either the Porta Carmentalis or the shrine of Car oped in terraces, the lowest being a portico or cryp-
mentis has been identified. These must have been toporticus of at least two wings decorated in the late
very close to this area, the Porta Carmentalis opening Second Pompeian Style. High on the continuous wall
in the Servian Walls where they crossed the Vicus was a landscape frieze, 1.16 m high, originally con
Iugarius and the shrine just inside it (iuxta portam , tinuous, but broken into panels by pairs of pillars of
not extra p ortam , Servius a d Aen. 8.337). the architectural frame. This showed in birds-eye
perspective the adventures of Odysseus, the nine
Casa dei Grifi: the modern name given remains of panels recovered whole or in part representing events
a building of the late republican period found by from the landing in the land of the Laestrygonians to
Boni in 1912 under the lararium of the Domus the encounter with the sirens, but these are neither
Augustiana (q.v.) that preserved important decora the beginning nor the end of the sequence. They are
tions in the early Second Style, now for the most part unique, very fine work; important figures are identi
removed to the Antiquario Palatino. The general fied by name in the Greek alphabet. The paintings
plan of the building is impossible to read given the were discovered in 1848 and are now, except for one
state of our knowledge. It is clear that there were two fragment, in the Biblioteca Vaticana.
storeys, but these may not have been in communica R om M itt 70 (1963): 1 0 0 -1 4 6 (P. H. von Blanck-
tion with each other, and the lower storey seems to enhagen); A. Gallina, L e pitture con paesaggi d ell
have been abandoned and buried while the upper O dissea d a llE squ ilin o (StMisc 6 [1964]).
was still in use, to which circumstance we owe the
excellent preservation of the painting. The lower sto Casa della Farnesina: a splendid house with su
rey has walls faced with opus incertum, with later perb decorations on the right bank of the Tiber just
modifications in walls faced with opus reticulatum, above the Cellae Vinariae Nova et Arruntiana dis

covered in the garden of Villa Farnesina during work tually must have belonged to some member of the
on the new Tiber embankment in 1879 and then par imperial family, but whether it did at the time of this
tially excavated. It seems to have been, in effect, a decoration is doubtful.
portico villa set facing northeast across the river, The decorated part consists of a large lobby, its
probably of symmetrical plan, although the ruinous roof originally supported by a pair of stout pillars,
condition of the northern half did not permit cer onto which open three deep halls parallel to one an
tainty on this point. The main features recovered other and together filling one long side of the lobby.
were part of a hemicyclical corridor jutting out to The central hall is somewhat wider than those flank
ward the river, a suite of painted rooms behind this ing it and has been called the tablinum, while its
in highly organized symmetry facing a lateral garden companions are called alae, but the identification
area of its own, and a long, straight cryptoporticus is groundless. Another room opening at the south
divided in half by a line of pillars on the landward west corner of the lobby has been called the triclin
side. This was the entrance side, and the cryptopor ium. These names are often retained for conve
ticus was here backed against a long line of small nience. All these rooms were largely subterranean
service rooms. The river front was evidently terraced and windowless, unless there were lights opened in
and gardened, probably in more than one level. The the missing ceilings. They were approached by a stair
decorations are in early Third Pompeian Style and and a ramped corridor leading to the exterior, which
are still highly architectonic and employ cinnabar has been thought to be a posticum, but it is hand
but include a wealth of figures and narrative and some and more commodious than the connection
genre panels. A date of 2 0 -1 0 B .C . is proposed; the with the rest of the house, which is by a narrow stair
ownership of the house has been much discussed, leading up to a corridor at a higher level. Off this
and it is frequently assigned to Agrippa, but there is corridor to the southwest lies a series of service
no evidence. The vaults of three of the smaller rooms rooms, while behind the tablinum and alae was
were decorated with fine stucco reliefs, including a courtyard flanked or surrounded by porticoes sup
landscapes and scenes of mythology and religious rit ported on stout square pillars. This part of the house
ual. Much of the subject matter of the decorations is was later rebuilt as a series of rather cramped and ill-
enigmatic and has provoked lively debate, but the planned rooms that seem not to have been living
excellence of the workmanship and the brilliance of quarters. And off the southwest side of the house, at
the decorative effect are beyond question. What some uncertain period, was added another squarish
could be salvaged from the decorations is now in the courtyard with pillars of tufa at the corners and col
Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme. umns along the sides that seems to have been sur
I. Bragantini and M. de Vos, L e d ecorazion i della rounded with rooms on three sides. All this part of
villa rom an a della Farnesina (M useo N azion ale R o the house has come down in poor condition, espe
m an o, L e Pitture, 2.1, Rome 1982), with biblio cially the second courtyard.
graphy. The decorated suite is very fine, both in architec
tural concept and in the quality of the painting, but
Casa di Augusto: see Domus, Augustus. there is no indication of how these rooms func
tioned, and sometime in antiquity they were butch
Casa di Livia (Fig. 6 3 .3 ): the modern name given ered by the cutting of doors and addition of new
to a building discovered by P. Rosa in 1869 on the walls that were left undecorated. Presumably by that
Palatine behind the Domus Tiberiana, between the time they had been relegated to use as a cellar. The
Temple of the Magna M ater and the Domus Augus- lobby had a rather severe late Second Style decora
tiana. Although the southwest corner of the triclin tion proper to an atrium or similar apartment, its
ium had been breached in Farnese excavations of main feature an arcuated cornice supported on fig
1 7 2 2 -1 7 2 4 and part of that decoration removed at ured (?) brackets. The tablinum had an elaborate
the time, the building was evidently not further ex early scaen ae fron s decoration, including large cen
plored. It shows a very complicated history of con tral subject pictures of Io watched by Argus and
struction, and large parts of it are of scant architec Polyphemus and Galataea. The right ala is famous
tural interest, b u rit preserves wall decorations of the for its continuous frieze in yellow monochrome of
greatest importance. The name is assigned it on the exotic landscapes and the rich garlands swung be
basis of a lead pipe found in the excavations bearing tween fancifully embellished columns. The left ala
the name of Iulia Augusta (C/L 15 .7 2 6 4 ), but this is has a frieze of heraldically posed winged figures on
now believed to be of questionable date and value. delicate scrolled brackets. And the triclinium has
The decorations belong to a phase intermediate be large central landscapes of sacro-idyllic character.
tween the Second and Third Pompeian Styles and are There are scant remains of fine mosaic pavements
to be dated to the Augustan period. The house even throughout.


itive hut built of wattle and daub, roofed with

thatch, which was preserved and repaired whenever
damaged in a form as close as possible to the original
(Dion. Hal. 1.79.11; Plutarch, R om . 20.4). Damage
to it was regarded as an evil omen (Cass. Dio
48.43.4, 54.29.8). It was evidently the same as the
Tugurium Faustuli (Solinus 1.18), although the dis
covery of cuttings and post holes for several huts
near the top of the Scalae Caci may possibly indicate
that more than one was known to have existed. It
was preserved at least until the fourth century, for it
is listed in the regionary catalogues in Regio X . An
Aedis Romuli on the Palatine is listed as the location
of one of the shrines of the Argei (Varro, Ling. 5.54:
a p u d aed em R om u li); it is probably the same as the
A second Casa Romuli, a duplicate of the first, was
Figure 21
maintained in the Area Capitolina (q.v.) (Vitruvius
C asa R o m u li, Plan and
Sections o f F lo o r and 2.1.5; Seneca, Contr. 2.1.5; Conon, D ieg. [FG rH 1
Post H oles p. 210]). We know nothing about this after a . d . 78.
Lugli 1946, 34, 455; M onA nt 41 (1951): 1-146
(S. M. Puglisi, P. Romanelli, A. Davico, and G. de
Angelis dOssat); Coarelli 1974, 1 3 8 -3 9 ; R E L 62
(1984): 5 7 -8 0 (A. Balland).

Castor, Aedes (Figs. 23, 63): the Temple of Castor

(or of the Castors) at the southeast corner of the
Forum Romanum flanked by the Vicus Tuscus and
fountain of Juturna (Cicero, N at. D. 3.13; Plutarch,
C oriolan . 3.4; Dion. Hal. 6.13.4; Martial 1.70.3;
also shown on the Marble Plan [FUR pi. 21.18; Rod
riguez pi. 13]). According to tradition it was vowed
at the battle of Lake Regillus in 49/3 B.C . by the dic
tator Postumius, first in the heat of battle and then
after the Dioscuri were seen watering their horses at
Figure 22 the spring of Juturna following the victory, and ded
Casa R o m u li, icated in 484 by the son of Postumius (Livy 2.20.12,
R econ stru ctio n 2.42.5). The day of dedication is given as 27 January
o f Fram ew ork
by everyone but Livy (2.42.5), who gives 15 July, the
day of the Transvectio Equitum, which may be the
date of the dedication of the first temple (Degrassi
The building is in every way a puzzle. When the 4 0 3 -4 ).
decorations were removed to protect them from the Its correct name was Aedes Castoris (Suetonius,
humidity, it was discovered that the somewhat irreg C aes. 10.1; Cass. Dio 37.8.2), and so it regularly ap
ular reticulate-faced walls showed older doors had pears, but we also find Aedes Castorum (e.g., Pliny,
been closed with masonry before the plaster was H N 10.121; N ot. Regio VIII; Chron. 146), and even
laid, so the building must be dated some years before Aedes Castoris et Pollucis (e.g., Asconius in Cic.
the painting. Perhaps the building is mid-first century Scaur. 46 [Stangl 28]; Suetonius, Tib. 20).
B.C . and the decorations ca. 2 5 - 2 0 B .C . The foundations of the oldest temple show a plan
G. E. Rizzo, L e pitture della C asa d i L iv ia like that of Temple A at Pyrgi and suggest fecon-
(.M onum enti d ella pittura antica sco p erti in Italia, struction with three rows of four columns preceding
ser. 3, Roma fasc. 3 [Rome 1936]). the cella and a cella flanked by lateral features. The
Danish excavators believe there were three cellas, but
Casa Romuli (Figs. 21, 22): the hut of Romulus on lateral colonnades or alae seem more likely, and alae
the Cermalus slope of the Palatine beside the Scalae preferable.
Caci (q.v.). It is best described by Dionysius: a prim The temple was rebuilt by L. Caecilius Metellus in


117 B .C . (Cicero, Scaur. 46 [Stangl 28], with Ascon-

ius in Cic. Scaur. 4 6 ; Verr. 2 .1 .1 5 4 ; Plutarch, Pom p.
2.4). The concrete of the podium associated with this
rebuilding is the earliest dated concrete known
(Frank 7879). Verres made some repairs to it (Ci
cero, Verr. 2 .1 .1 2 9 -5 4 ), and it was completely re
built by Tiberius and dedicated in a . d . 6 in his name
and that of his brother Drusus (Suetonius, Tib. 2 0 ;
Cass. Dio 5 5 .2 7 .4 ; Ovid, Fast. 1 .7 0 7 -8 ). Caligula in
some way incorporated the temple in his palace,
making an approach to the palace between the two
statues, so the Dioscuri became his gatekeepers (Sue
tonius, Calig. 2 2 .2 ; Cass. Dio 5 9 .2 8 .5 ). Claudius
abolished this modification. A restoration is ascribed
to Domitian (Chron. 146), and here the temple is
called Templum Castoris et Minervae, a name also
found in the regionary catalogues. But scholars are
agreed that the existing remains are essentially Au
gustan and that any subsequent restoration must
have been limited. It is also one of the finest of all
ancient Roman buildings.
It served frequently as a meeting place for the R o
man senate (e.g., Cicero, Verr. 2 .1 .1 2 9 ). Its stair was
arranged to form a rostra with small stairs leading
off from either end of a platform running the width
of the temple at midstair (cf. Nash 1: figs. 239, 241).
This must be one of the Rostra III of the regionary
catalogues, although there is no indication that it
was ever decorated with beaks. In the temple were the three surviving columns on the east side were all
kept the standards for weights and measures (cf. C IL that was standing in the fifteenth century, for the
5 .8 1 1 9 .4 , 11 .6 7 2 6 .2 = IL S 86 3 8 , C IL 1 3 .1 0 0 3 0 .1 3 - area near them was called Tre Colonne. These are of
14), and a series of chambers in the podium in the white marble, 12.50 m high, and carry an entabla
intercolumniations closed by metal doors served as ture with a plain frieze and a richly worked modil-
repositories for the imperial fiscus (C IL 6 .8 6 8 8 -8 9 ) lion cornice. The design of the capitals is especially
and for the wealth of private individuals (Juvenal admirable.
1 4 .2 6 0 -6 2 ). The temple was standing in the fourth century and
As rebuilt in the Augustan period, the temple was was included in the regionary catalogues, but virtu
octastyle, Corinthian, peripteral, with eleven col ally nothing is known of its history in the imperial
umns on each long side and almost certainly a and medieval periods. Its identity was early lost, and
double row to either side of the relatively shallow in the early nineteenth century it was often wrongly
pronaos. The podium is very high, the floor standing identified, most frequently as the Temple of Iuppiter
about 7 m above the Sacra Via. The pronaos is 9.90 Stator.
m deep and 15.80 m wide, the cella is 19.70 m deep Frank 7 8 7 9 ; M AAR 5 (1925): 7 9 102 (T.
and 16 m wide, and the whole building is some 50 Frank); Lugli 1946, 1798 3 ; Nash 1 .2 1 0 13;
m long and 20 m wide. The podium is concrete, en A ctaA rcb 56 (1985): 1 -2 9 (I. Nielsen, J. Zahle, et
closing remains of earlier phases encased in tufa al.), 59 (1988): 1 -1 4 (I. Nielsen).
walls from which spur walls project to make the lo-
culi for safekeeping of valuables. Under the columns, C a sto r et P o llu x , A edes (Fig. 2 4 ): a temple in
footings of travertine replace the tufa. From the Circo Flam inio, its day of dedication 13 August (De-
pronaos a flight of eleven steps leads down to grassi 4 9 4 , 49 6 ). It is cited by Vitruvius (4.8.4) as a
the rostra in front, 3.66 m above the street level. The temple of unusual plan, and from a fragment of a
rostra was provided with a railing and could accom detailed plan of its immediate area on a marble plate
modate a fairly large number of persons. From ref it is now known to have been a temple with a trans
erences in literature (Plutarch, Sulla 3 3 .4 ; Cicero, verse cella, like those of Concordia and Vediovis on
Phil. 3.27), it is clear that there were similar arrange the Capitoline. It is shown as hexastyle with a pro
ments in Metelluss temple. O f the superstructure, naos three columns deep, approached by a stair of


curi nel C irco Flam in io (Rome 1984); StRom 33

(1985): 2 0 5 -1 1 (F. Castagnoli); B u llC om 91.1
(1986): 9 1 -9 6 (M. Conticello deSpagnolis); JR A 1
(1988): 12031 (E. Rodriguez Almeida).

C astra: The earliest castra we hear of in Rome are

the Castra Praetoria, built by Tiberius some distance
beyond the Servian Walls but on high ground, com
manding the important approaches to the city from
the north, northeast, and east. These must have been
preceded, however, by the station es of the Cohortes
Vigilum, the seven barracks of the police and fire bri
gades created by Augustus in his reorganization of
the city into fourteen regiones beginning in 7 B.C.
Each cohort served two of the Augustan regiones,
and the statio was strategically located to cover the
territory best. There were also fourteen ex cu bitoria,
Figure 24
Tem ple o f C astor
smaller stations, presumably one in each regio, but
and Pollux in the location of only one of these, in the Transtiberim,
C ircus Flam inius, is known, and it was not original, but installed about
Represen tation the beginning of the third century after Christ in a
on M arb le
building already nearly a century old. The three sta
tiones that are known, those of cohorts II, IV, and V,
eight steps, with what must be a pair of windows are known principally from finds of inscriptions, not
flanking the pronaos. A round feature in front of the excavations, traces of the actual building being
temple is interpreted as its altar. Because the scale of known only for that of V on the Caelian, west of the
the plan, 1 :2 4 0 , is the same as that of the Marble church of S. Stefano Rotondo, and these not suffi
Plan and a curiously represented building behind the cient for us to infer from them the buildings plan.
temple on what appears to be the bank of the Tiber Because it is known, however, that in the early third
agrees perfectly with a building shown on a fragment century the cohort had at one time 930 men and 113
of the Marble Plan preserving other features (FUR officers, and a little later 1,013 men and 109 officers
pi. 5 6 .6 1 4 ; Rodriguez pi. 24), it becomes possible to (C IL 6 .1 0 5 7 , 1058 = IL S 21 5 7 ), we can calculate
locate the temple very precisely just west of Via della that the cohorts at that time numbered about seven
Cinque Scole, occupying most of the area of Piazza thousand men, with an officer for every nine or ten
delle Cinque Scole behind the southern end of Piazza men, and were organized on military lines with pre
Cenci. Because an open area is shown in front of the fects and centurions. It follows that from the begin
temple, we must presume that this is Circus Flami ning they would have been housed in barracks of
nius, which means that Circus Flaminius was ex castrum plan and with the regular features of such.
tended beyond the line of the Petronia Amnis and Indeed the room in which the statue bases of CIL
was at least 2 0 0 m long. From the near neighbor 6 .1 0 5 7 and 1058 were found was believed to be the
hood of the temple come the two colossal marble praetorium of the camp, and sockets in the mosaic
statues of the Dioscuri with their horses that adorn pavement were thought to be intended for standards
the balustrade of Piazza del Campidoglio (Helbig4 of military type.
2 .1 1 6 4 ), but they were evidently an addition of the The Castra Praetoria were built on the standard
second century after Christ, presumably set up in plan of all Roman army camps, a rectangle some
front of the temple, possibly flanking the stair of ap what longer than wide with rounded corners, di
proach. vided into four parts by streets, the cardo and decu-
The temple is dated by its order in the fasti after manus, that ran their length and width and ran to
the temples of Fortuna Equestris and Hercules a d gates at their ends. These did not divide the camp
Portam Trigem inam of 173 B .C . and by its appear into exact quarters, the cardo being displaced to
ance in the Fasti Allifani and Fasti Amiternini before ward the west. Camp headquarters was at their
46 B.C . A date close to 100 B .C ., when the transverse crossing, where an open square was left in front ot
cella plan was most popular, may be indicated, be the praetorium. The camp was fortified from an
cause the plan shows that it was not dictated wholly early period, probably from the beginning, but the
by the exigencies of the space available. fortification was not a formidable one. Not much is
M . Conticello deSpagnolis, II T em pio d ei D ios known about the arrangements in the interior, but


enough to see that it followed the usual pattern of what were known as castra. Thus we hear of the
long, thin units of uniform cells set back-to-back Castra Lecticariorum, Castra Silicariorum, Castra
with passages between. We can presume that the Tabellariorum, and Castra Victimariorum. Only the
Castra Misenatium and Ravennatium for the detach last is surprising; one would not have expected the
ments from the fleet kept in Rome to rig and manip demands of the state religion to have been heavy
ulate the awnings that regularly protected the spec enough to call for military organization.
tators in the theaters and amphitheater and
occasionally elsewhere were similar, but smaller, but Castra Equitum Singularium (Fig. 16): the bar
we have no information about these, except that the racks of the Equites Singulares, an elite cavalry corps
former were near the Amphitheatrum Flavium (Col that was a bodyguard for the princeps. Remains of
osseum) and the latter in the Transtiberim. Probably these were found in 1885 in Via Tasso north of the
both detachments were used in the naumachiae, as Scala Santa, especially the wall of a large rectangular
well as for the awnings, and it was prudent to keep court. This wall is broken by niches, and in front of
them distant from each other. it were inscribed pedestals, dedications of veterans at
The Castra Equitum Singularium and Castra Pere the completion of their service (B ullC om 13 [1885]:
grina on the Caelian are the urban castra best known 1 3 7 -5 6 [R. Lanciani]). The earliest of these that is
to us, part of the former discovered in 1 9 3 4 -1 9 3 8 dated is early Hadrianic, the latest mid-third century.
under the basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano, part of Sepulchral inscriptions of Equites Singulares men
the latter in 1905 under the convent of the Little tion Castra Priora (e.g., CIL 6 .3 1 8 3 , 3191 = IL S
Company of Mary nearby. The former was a very 2 2 0 5 , 3196) and Castra Nova (e.g., C IL 6.3198
extensive complex, in fact two castra, the Castra = IL S 2 2 0 7 , 3 2 0 7 , 32 5 4 ), and a diploma speaks of
Priora and the Castra Nova Severiana of the Equites, Castra Nova Severiana (C IL 16.144, dated a . d .
the remains under the basilica belonging to the latter. 230). One manuscript of the N otitia, the Lauren-
Only a small part of these could be excavated, but tiana, also speaks of Castra Equitum Singularium II
soundings could be made at various points, and what (Jordan 2.5 7 3 ). There therefore must have been two
was excavated included a good part of the praeto- barracks, the second built by Septimius Severus.
rium with the Schola Collegii Equitum Singularium That in Via Tasso would be the earlier. The other
with an altar made of a column drum topped with was discovered in 1934, when it became possible to
an inverted Ionic capital carrying an interesting in lift the pavement of S. Giovanni in Laterano and ex
scription identifying the schola and proving that the plore under it. There was found a complex of bar
castra were built in a . d . 1 9 3 -1 9 7 . The whole com rackslike rooms and also an apsidal room with an
plex was very large, extending under the Palazzo del altar in front of the apse carrying a long inscription
Laterano and cloisters of the basilica as far as the of two officials of the Equites Singulares, in honor of
Aurelian Walls. These Equites were an elite corps of Septimius Severus and Caracalla. This then was the
cavalry organized as a special bodyguard for the barracks built when Septimius Severus doubled the
princeps about the end of the first century after number of the Equites Singulares following the abo
Christ. Under Septimius Severus the Praetorian lition of the Praetorian guard. It was destroyed a cen
Guard was disgraced and replaced by the Equites, tury later when Constantine abolished the Equites
their number being doubled to enable them to per Singulares.
form the service, hence the construction of the new Lugli 1938, 5 1 8 - 2 2 ; Lugli 1970, 5 4 0 - 4 1 ; Nash
castra. The Castra Peregrina, headquarters of sol 1 .2 1 4 -1 8 ; R. Krautheimer, S. Corbett, and A. K.
diers who performed special services in Rome, Frazer, C orpus B asilicaru m C hristianarum R o m a e 2,
housed especially the Frumentarii, a detachment at fasc. 5 (Rome 1976), 2 5 -3 0 .
first responsible for the provisioning of the army, the
an n on a m ilitaris, who later became first couriers and C astra Lecticariorum : listed by the regionary cat
then, under Hadrian, a secret police. Their barracks, alogues in Regio X IV and in the B reviarium . It must
of which only bits, not enough to permit reconstruc have been the barracks of litter-bearers who were as
tion of even a general outline, were found, seem to signed to the service of public officials. These must
have been built in the early second century, under have been organized along military lines, probably
Trajan or Hadrian. around the time of Augustus, for they had not only
All these were professional army men, and we castra but also decu rion es lecticariorum .
should expect them to accord with the patterns of
the Roman army elsewhere, even when they were as Castra M isenatium: headquarters of the contin
signed to duty in Rome itself. But many other gent of sailors from the base of the Tyrrhenian fleet
branches of the imperial household and bureaucracy at Misenum kept in Rome to maneuver the awnings
were also organized on the same lines and housed in of the amphitheaters and theaters. The castra are

listed in Regio III in the regionary catalogues and JR S 13 (1923): 1 5 2 -8 9 (J. B. Baillie Reynolds);
presumably would be close to the Colosseum. In 313 M em PontA cc 7 (1944): 2 4 0 - 4 5 (A. M . Colini).
a couple speaks of living in a castra para tas Titianas
(1G 14.956b. 15 = IG U R 24 6 ), and an inscription Castra Praetoria (Castra Praetorium, C IL
found just south of the hemicycle of the Baths of Tra 15.7239b , c) (Fig. 7 2): the barracks of the Praeto
jan speaks of an enlargement of the camp under the rian guard built by Tiberius in a . d . 2 1 -2 3 , when
Gordians (C IL 6 .1 0 9 1 ). A lost fragment of the these forces were given permanent quarters in the
Marble Plan (FUR pi. 10; Rodriguez pi. 4) showed city (Suetonius, Tib. 3 7 .1 ; Tacitus, Ann. 4 .2 ; Cass.
parts of buildings labeled ] l i c a l [ ] m e n t a r i a and Dio 5 7 .1 9 .6 ). These were in the extreme northeast
c a ] s t r a m i s e [ n a ] t i u m . Rodriguez (70 and fig. 19) corner of Rome beyond the inhabited areas, about
assigns this fragment to a place beyond the Ludus 5 0 0 m east of the Agger (Pliny, H N 3 .6 7 ; Suetonius,
Magnus with the inscription of the Castra Misena- N ero 48.2) on a site that was one of the highest
tium cut on the street running between the Ludus points in Rome (5960 meters above sea level), with
Magnus and Ludus Dacicus, placing these on the a commanding view of the city and the roads of ap
north side of the street just below the Baths of Tra proach from the north and northeast. The design
jan, a place already assigned the castra by Lanciani was that usual for camps, a broad rectangle with
(LFUR sheet 30), but he admits that it could be rounded corners, 4 4 0 m long and 3 8 0 m wide. The
moved along the street in either direction. cross of main streets through the camp was regular
on the long axis, the via praetoria, with the porta
C astra Peregrina (Fig. 16): the camp on the Cae- praetoria and porta decumana at its ends, but dis
lian for soldiers detached from the provincial armies placed to the northwest on the short axis by some 30
for special service in Rome. The regular officers of m, the via principalis, with the portae principalis
the camp were a princeps, a subprinceps, and prob dextra and sinistra at its ends.
ably a single optio. The soldiers were especially the The camp walls of Tiberius are of brick-faced con
frum entarii and specu latores, although occasionally crete, 4.73 m high, where preserved, with battle
there seem to have been others. The frumentarii, ments and towered gates (Tacitus, Hist. 3.84). On
originally concerned with the commissariat and sup the inside of the wall were lines of vaulted chambers
ply service, were mounted and gradually came to be 3 m high, the masonry faced with opus reticulatum
used first as couriers and escorts for prisoners being and veneered with stucco; these carried the wall
sent to Rome for trial, a little later (as early as the walk. As might be expected from its historical im
time of Hadrian; cf. S.H.A. H adr. 11.4) as secret po portance, the camp is repeatedly mentioned in the
lice, a spy service, and executioners. The specula events of the Roman empire and figures in many in
tores were orderlies sent by various army commands scriptions, especially of merchants who did business
to the headquarters in Rome. there. A group of inscriptions of special interest are
The camp was found in digging for the founda those on lead pipes that supplied water to the camp
tions of the convent and hospital of the Little Com (C IL 1 5 .7 2 3 7 -4 4 ; IL S 8 6 9 7 -9 9 ) that show constant
pany of Mary in 1 9 0 4 -1 9 0 9 and partially exca attention to the provisioning of the barracks.
vated. The remains consisted principally of five A series of coins of the early part of the reign of
parallel rows of cells fronting on continuous porti Claudius shows the praetorian camp schematically
coes with three alleys between and at least four apses as a reverse type (B . M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1 Clau
introduced seemingly at random, but where they dius, nos. 5, 2 0 , 2 1 , 2 3 - 2 5 , 37, 38). It appears as a
would not interfere with traffic, probably for the low curving fortification wall in which there are two
cults of the camp. A great many inscriptions were arched entrances crowned by five battlements, above
recovered, including dedications to the Genius Cas- which appears a divinity enthroned (Jupiter?) with
trorum and Iuppiter Redux (C IL 6.428 = IL S 2219). an aquila to his right, under a pediment supported
The stone ships found here, one of which was the by columns or pillars. A continuation of the front
original ornament of the fountain of Piazza della Na- wall is shown as passing behind this group.
vicella, also attest to the travels of those quartered in Aurelian incorporated the Castra Praetoria in his
the castra. There is also mention of a bath (C IL fortifications. These joined the castra at the north
6.354 = IL S 2218). west corner and near the middle of the south side.
From the masonry it appears that the camp was The height of the wall was then raised by an addition
founded by Augustus and almost completely rebuilt of 2 .5 0 - 3 m, while the foot was cut away for a depth
in the second century. Mention in Ammianus Mar- of about the same amount and refaced with brick.
cellinus (16.12.66) shows that it was still in use in The old battlements can be seen encased in the wall
the fourth century. at points, and new battlements were added along the


new wall top. At some time the gates to the exterior acter as the seats of corps of public servants orga
were walled up. In 3 1 2 Constantine disbanded the nized along military lines (cf. Castra Lecticariorum).
last vestige of the Praetorians and apparently dis Probably all date to a time in the late third century.
mantled their camp by destroying the west wall,
though part of this is reported to have been still C astra (Urbana): a camp built by Aurelian in
standing in the sixteenth century (Zosimus 2 .1 7 .2 ; C am p o A grippae, placed by the regionary catalogues
Aur. Viet., C aes. 4 0 .2 5 ; cf. LS 2.2 4 3 ). in Regio VII, Via Lata, and linked with Aurelians
The interior arrangements of the camp are very Templum Solis (cf. also Chron. 148). A certain
poorly understood. There was a shrine of the stan amount of good evidence indicates that this was for
dards, as one would expect (Herodian 4 .4 .5 , 5 .8 .5 - the Cohortes Urbanae, at first stationed in the Castra
7), a shrine of Mars (C IL 6.2 2 5 6 = IL S 20 9 0 ), an al Praetoria (q.v.), but later in their own camp (cf., e.g.,
tar of Fortuna Restitutrix (N Sc 1888, 391 [G. Gatti]; Symmachus, Epist. 9 .5 7 [5 4 ]; Dig. 4 8 .5 .1 6 [1 5 ].3 ).
C IL 6.3 0 8 7 6 ), an armamentarium (Tacitus, Hist. This must have housed all four urban cohorts (cf.
1.38, 80; C IL 6 .9 9 9 = IL S 3 3 3 , 2 7 2 5 = IL S 2034), C IL 6 .1 1 5 6 = IL S 7 2 2 ; N Sc 1909, 4 3 0 -3 1 ) , as well
and a tribunal (Tacitus, Hist. 1.36). as their equipment and offices, so it must have been
Renaissance antiquarians speak of an Arcus Gor- a complex of some size, but nothing that caij be iden
diani near the Porta Chiusa (cf. HJ 390n .45). No tified as belonging to it has yet come to light. Because
very reliable account of this arch has come down to troops bivouacked in the Porticus Vipsania (q.v.) as
us, and no remains that can be identified as belong early as a . d . 69 (Tacitus, Hist. 1.31; cf. 1.6), there
ing to it are known. While it seems very probable may have been advantages and conveniences there
that triumphal arches to emperors might have been that dictated the choice of the Campus Agrippae for
erected in conjunction with the Castra Praetoria, the new camp. Certainly there was unencumbered
none has been positively identified, and there is no space here and a good supply of water from the
sign of rebuilding of any of the gates in monumental Aqua Virgo and Aqua Marcia.
PBSR 10 (1927): 1 2 -2 2 (I. A. Richmond); Nash Catabulum: the headquarters of the Cursus Publi-
1 .2 2 1 -2 4 ; CAR 3-D , 125 pp. 1 0 3 -5 . cus, the public post and transport, essentially a great
stables. From the life of Saint Marcellus (LPD 1.164;
Castra Ravennatium: mentioned in the addenda V Z 2 .2 2 8 -2 9 ), we learn that Maxentius condemned
to the regionary catalogues (Jordan 2.5 7 4 ) and in the him to serve in these stables. Marcellus was rescued
M irabilia (Jordan 2 .6 1 7 ; V Z 3.2 6 ), where it is said by friends and then created a church in the house of
to be in Transtiberim tem plum R avennatium effun- the matrona Lucina at her request, after which he
dens oleum , u bi est S. M aria. This must have been was arrested a second time by Maxentius, and his
the barracks for a detachment of the imperial fleet church was profaned by use as a stall for animals
based at Ravenna, detached for special duty in the (catabulum publicum ), to which Marcellus was
capital, probably especially in the naumachiae and obliged to minister until his death. The church of S.
for the manipulation of awnings in the theaters and M arcello, which is extremely old, may be confidently
amphitheaters that protected spectators from the sun identified as the site of his martyrdom, but what the
(cf. Castra Misenatium). The location of the Castra relation of Lucinas house to the original catabulum
Ravennatium in the Transtiberim would seem most may have been is doubtful. Still, it is tempting to lo
likely due to the presence of the Naumachia Augusti cate this headquarters on Via Lata at the head of Via
(q.v.) there. It was opened in 2 B.C . This would also Flaminia. The name suggests that it may also have
put the camp closer to the theaters of Rome than the served as a customs office.
Castra Misenatium. So it may be that this was the H J 4 6 2 ; M onA nt 1 .4 6 9 -7 5 (R. Lanciani).
contingent of the navy first assigned to urban duty.
Hiilsen (HCh 483) sees the name of the medieval Cati Fons: a spring on the western slope of the
church of St. Stephanus Rapignani as allusive to the Quirinal, the source of the Petronia Amnis (q.v.),
name of the camp and so places it just west of the named for the man on whose land it was found (Pau-
church of S. Crisogono. lus ex Fest. 39L ). It is beyond reasonable doubt that
HJ 6 4 7 -4 8 . this is the same as the Acqua di S. Felice, which rises
today in the courtyard of the Palazzo del Quirinale.
Castra Silicariorum, C astra Tabellariorum, HJ 4 0 3 ; LA 2 4 (236).
Castra Victimariorum: listed only in the addenda
to the regionary catalogues (Jordan 2.5 7 4 ). Their lo Catialis Collis: known only from Placidus (CGL
cation is unknown, but their names reveal their char [Goetz] 5 .1 5 .3 6 ; 5 .5 3 .5 ), where it is identified as the

location of a lacus. The explanation of the name is so if wine was also manufactured here, it was only
corrupt, but it probably derived from an owners on a limited scale. An inscription (C IL 6 .8 8 2 6 = ILS
name. It is apparently a name for the northwest lobe 7276) dated a . d . 102 was found in the first building,
or slope of the Quirinal. See Cati Fons. and quantities of sherds of amphoras and dolia are
reported to have been encountered in the excavation.
Celia Civiciana: a warehouse in the Transtiberim The whole complex seems to have been destroyed at
located on the river in Via del Porto di Ripagrande the time of the construction of the Aurelian Walls
opposite the Aventine, known from an inscription and was then built over with houses and gardens.
(.B ullC om 62 [1934]: 177 [E. G atti]; A E 1937: 61). NSc 1880, 1 2 7 -2 8 , 1 4 0 -4 1 and pi. 4 (G. Fiorelli);
Nash 1 .2 2 5 -2 6 .
Celia Groesiana: a warehouse of unknown loca
tion, known from a single inscription (C IL 6.706). Centum Gradus (Fig. 19): a stair leading up to the
Area Capitolina (q.v.) near the Tarpeian Rock at the
Celia Lucceiana: a warehouse known from an in southwest corner of the hill (Tacitus, Hist. 3.71). The
scription found in the neighborhood of the Theater figure of one hundred may be only approximate. It
of Marcellus (AE 1971: 29). This is dated a . d . 161 may well be shown on a fragment of the Marble Plan
162 (R endP ontA cc 43 [1 9 7 0 -7 1 ]: 1 1 0 -1 7 [S. Pan- (FUR pi. 29 fr. 31abc; Rodriguez pi. 2 3); if so, it
ciera]). seems to have been in two flights, one turning back
on the other, with an arch midway along the upper
Celia Nigriana: a warehouse of some sort known flight.
only from the inscription on a fragment of a marble
aedicula found in the garden of Palazzo Antonelli in Ceres, Liber Liberaque, Aedes: a temple on the
Via Tre Canelle on the west slope of the Quirinal lower slope of the Aventine near the northwest end
(C IL 6 .3 1 0 6 5 ). There seem to have been numerous of the Circus Maximus, just above the carceres
rather fine warehouses in this neighborhood, some of (Dion. Hal. 6 .9 4 .3 ), vowed by the dictator A. Pos-
which were buried in the substructures of the Ther tumius Albus following a consultation of the Sibyl
mae Constantinianae (q.v.). line Books during a famine in 4 9 9 or 4 9 6 B .C . (Taci
H J 4 1 8 - 2 0 ; B u llC om 4 (1876): 1 0 2 -6 (V. Vespi- tus, Ann. 2 .4 9 ; Dion. Hal. 6 .1 7 .2 4). It was
gnani). dedicated by the consul Sp. Cassius in 493 (Dion.
Hal. 6.9 4 .3 ). It was in the Italo-Tuscan fashion,
Celia Saeniana: a warehouse in the Transtiberim araeostyle, with a heavy roof and deep eaves, the
known from an inscription found in the Lungotevere roof surmounted by statues of terracotta (Vitruvius
Portuense opposite M onte Testaccio (AE 1971: 30). 3 .3.5). It resembled the Capitoline temple at a
smaller scale and may have had three cellas for its
Celia Vinaria M assae: a warehouse known only three divinities. The walls were decorated with paint
from an inscription (CIL 6 .3 2 0 3 3 ), a bronze plate ings and reliefs by the Greek artists Gorgasus and
found in Caeliolo. Damophilus, and there was an inscription in Greek
there stating that Gorgasus had done the left half,
Cellae Vinariae N ova et Arruntiana: warehouses Damophilus the right (Pliny, H N 35 .1 5 4 ). When the
for wine on the right bank of the Tiber excavated temple was rebuilt, the decorations were cut from
when the new Tiber embankment was created. It was the walls and encased in frames. It was a rich temple
a vast complex and lay in the garden of Villa Farne- (Cicero, Verr. 2 .4 .1 0 8 ) containing many works of
sina, just north of the line of the Aurelian Walls. art, including golden pateras and statues paid for by
What was found consisted of two parts. One was a the fines levied by plebeian magistrates (Livy
warehouse built on the plan of horrea with a lower 1 0 .2 3 .1 3 , 2 7 .6 .1 9 , 3 3 .2 5 .3 , 36.9). It contained a
storey entirely of vaulted cellars and an upper storey bronze statue of Ceres supposed to be the oldest
in which rooms of uniform size were arranged in bronze statue made in Rome, paid for from the pro
rows around colonnaded courts, the columns being ceeds from the sale of the confiscated property of Sp.
of travertine finished with stucco. The other was a Cassius (Livy 2 .4 1 .1 0 ; Pliny, H N 34 .1 5 ), and also a
vast edifice on a different orientation closed on the famous painting of Dionysus by Aristides, which
east (river) side by a long double colonnade with a Mummius had brought from Corinth (Pliny, H N
broad gutter along the west and a line of d o lia out 3 5 .2 4 and 9 9 ; Strabo 8.6.23 [381]).
side the gutter, an arrangement strongly resembling It was twice struck by lightning, in 2 0 6 and 84
that of the fermentation yards of villae rusticae. E x B.C . (Livy 2 8 .1 1 .4 ; Appian, B ellC iv 1.78). In 182
cavation, however, revealed traces of horreumlike B.C . a windstorm tore one of the doors from the
buildings further to the west on the same orientation, Temple of Luna and hurled it against the back wall


of the Temple of Ceres. In 31 B.C . it burned, together ing a shrine near the Minervium, qu a in C aelium
with a great part of the circus (Cass. Dio 50 .1 0 .3 ), m on tem itur (Varro, Ling. 5.4 7 ). The indications are
but it was rebuilt by Augustus and dedicated in a . d . that it was near the base of one of the approaches to
17 by Tiberius (Tacitus, Ann. 2.4 9 ). It was still the Caelian, but it is entirely uncertain which ap
standing in the fourth century and is listed by the proach (cf. Ovid, Fast. 3 .8 3 5 -3 8 ). Varro derives the
regionary catalogues in Regio X I. No remains of it name from Carinae, to which he says the Ceroliensis
are known. is joined. PA would therefore see it as the basin of
The temple was a plebeian stronghold and pos the Colosseum.
sessed the right of asylum, as did the neighboring Eran os 85 (1987): 1 3 0 -3 3 (A Fridh).
Temple of Diana (Varro ap . N on. 63L). It was also a
center of distribution of food to the poor. The ple Chalcidicum: a generic word, not properly a name,
beian aediles had their headquarters here and kept for the porch or portico forming the approach to a
their archives here. Here also was the treasury in more important building but having its own pro
which were kept the proceeds of auctions of property gram of decoration (hence, perhaps, the derivation
confiscated from those who assaulted the plebeian of the word). It is used by Augustus for the porch
magistrates (Dion. Hal. 6 .8 9 .3 , 1 0 .4 2 .4 ; Livy preceding the Curia Iulia in the form in which he
3.55.7). After 449 B .C . copies of all senatus consulta rebuilt it (Augustus, R G 19; cf. Cass. Dio 51.22).
were delivered to the plebeian aediles and kept on This porch is shown on coins as a high platform with
display here (Livy 3 .5 5 .1 3 ). Its close association with Ionic columns set far apart running across the front,
the Statio Annonae (q.v.) must date from its very extending to either side, and probably continuing at
conception; it was built above the warehouses in the least partway down the sides of the building. The
Forum Boarium where grain was unloaded and approach must also have been arranged by ramps or
stored. Its relation to the Circus Maximus seems to stairs along the sides (B . M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1 Au
have been entirely casual, although it is frequently gustus, nos. 63132 and pi. 1 5 .1 2 13).
alluded to. R en dL in c, ser. 8.26 (1971): 23751 (F. Zevi);
The temple is regularly called a ed es; Pliny (H N R om M itt 85 (1978): 3 5 9 - 6 2 (L. Richardson).
35.24) once calls it a delubrum . Ordinarily its full
name was abbreviated to Aedes Cereris. The priest Cicinenses: inhabitants of a district in Rome men
esses of the temple were always brought from south tioned only in a late inscription (C IL 6.9103
ern Italy, usually from Naples and Velia, and the = 31 8 9 5 ), as were others equally mysterious and im
worship here was entirely Greek, and even the pray possible to identify. Attempts to connect this desig
ers were in Greek (Cicero, B alb. 55). But the Ceri- nation with Sicininum (q.v.) seem mistaken; it would
alia, the festival of Ceres, which at first was votive be at least equally logical to try to connect it with the
and held only on extraordinary occasions, became in Ciconiae (q.v.).
time annual, in the charge of the plebeian aediles, a
spring festival celebrated 1219 April with ludi cir- Ciconiae: listed in the regionary catalogues in Regio
censes. On the last day of the games foxes, to the IX and known from a late inscription (C IL 6.1785
backs of which lighted torches had been tied, were = 31 9 3 1 ) to have been a point from which falan carii
let loose in the circus, a very curious custom (Ovid, transported casks of the vina fiscalia to a temple. The
Fast. 4 .6 7 9 -7 1 2 ). temple in question must be Aurelians Temple of Sol,
because we know that the vina fiscalia were stored
Ceres M ater et Ops Augusta, A ra: an altar con there. The Ciconiae must therefore be presumed to
secrated on 10 August in a . d . 7 in Vico Iugario, be a point on the Tiber where the wine was unloaded
probably in consequence of a famine that year (Cass. from river boats. If Aurelians Temple of Sol is that
Dio 5 5 .3 1 .3 -4 ) , possibly with associated honor to discovered at the end of the eighteenth century east
Livia (Degrassi 493). of Via del Corso just north of Via Condotti, as seems
likely, then a point just downstream from Ponte
Cermalus (Fig. 75): the slope of the western side of Cavour in the area of Lungotevere Marzio would
the Palatine above the Velabrum and at least part of offer the shortest route from the river to the tem
the Circus Maximus, evidently not, as formerly ple. The Ciconiae were probably a sculpture or
thought, the northwest lobe of the Palatine. relief of no special importance, by which the
A rchC l 16 (1964): 1 7 3 -7 7 (F. Castagnoli); RivFil quay or square where the unloading took place
105 (1977): 1 5 -1 9 (F. Castagnoli). could be identified.
The juxtaposition of Ciconiae and Nixae in the re
Ceroliensis (or Ceroniensis): an area listed in the gionary catalogues produced a hypothetical Ciconiae
distribution of the shrines of the Argei (q.v.), includ Nixae that has long exercised topographers, but

from the inscriptions it is quite clear now that these to which would be easy from anywhere in Rome.
were separate places. This circus was destroyed when Aurelian built his
E. LaRocca, L a riva a m ezzaluna (Rome 1984), fortifications of Rome later in the century; the wall
6 0 - 6 5 ; C EFR 98 (1987): 1 9 1 -2 1 0 (J.-M . Flam- cuts across the circus about a quarter of its length
bard); TAPS 80, fasc. 2, pt. 2 (1990): 5 2 -5 5 (R. E. from the starting gates. So this circus was in use for
A. Palmer). only half a century. It was in some sense replaced by
the circus of Maxentius (a . d . 3 0 6 -3 1 2 ), built as part
Cimbrum: see Nymphaeum Alexandri. of his sumptuous villa on the Via Appia, but the dis
tance from the city made that, too, difficult of access.
Cincia: a place designation, in earlier times called Throughout history the Circus Maximus was always
Statuae Cinciae, because the tomb of that family was uppermost among Roman circuses. The Circus Flam-
located there, u bi ex epistylio defluit aqu a, the Arcus inius was, of course, not a circus at all, and no one
Stillans (q.v.) of the Forum Boarium (Paulus ex Fest. seems to have known how it got that name.
49L, Festus 318L ). The tomb must have been a very Although the Circus Maximus was designed only
ancient one, fourth or third century B .C ., if Festus is for chariot racing, spectacles of every sort were of
right in his identification, and it must have lain out fered there. L u d circenses might include different
side the line of the Servian Walls on the riverbank. sorts of races, gladiatorial combats, venationes, ath
letic events, and any sort of novelty the donors of
Circus, Trigarium, Stadium, Ludus: A circus was these games might invent. The circus was especially
a course for chariot racing carefully leveled and de the site of the Ludi Romani, 4 19 September, and
signed to give equal opportunity to all the teams Ludi Plebei, 4 17 November, but new ludi were re
competing, and provided with seats for spectators. peatedly decreed and included in the calendar, such
The contestants raced around a long, narrow island as the Ludi Victoriae Sullanae, celebrating the vic
in the middle, the spina, which terminated at either tory at the Colline Gate, 2 6 O ctober-1 November,
end in groups of three elongated tapering cones, the and the Ludi Victoriae Caesaris, also known as the
m etae, often described as goal posts, but actually not Ludi Veneris Genetricis, 2 0 - 3 0 July. Any dedication
functioning as such. The spina was decorated with of a building could call for several days of ludi cir
various dedications and shrines and was considered censes, and every triumph had to be celebrated. Con
the best place from which to view the circus games, sequently the Romans could and did spend much of
although the presiding official and his company sat their time in the circus. It was also especially impor
in a box above the starting gates and in the Piazza tant for the ceremony of the triumph itself, as well as
Armerina circus mosaic the rounded end, or sphen- the games that followed it. The route of the triumph
don e, is shown occupied by a richly dressed com lay through the circus, and although the spoils seem
pany including women and children. The front rows to have been regularly put on show in the Circus
of the spectators seats were reserved for senators Flaminius for some days before the triumph itself,
and equites, as in the theater, a tradition supposedly the Romans crowded the circus for the actual pa
going back to the time of Tarquinius Priscus. But in rade, when the various fercu la representing the
the circus, unlike the theater, men and women spec towns and rivers that had figured in the campaign
tators freely mingled (Ovid, Ars A m. 1.13542). In appeared and the proper sequence unfolded in all its
Rome there was only one circus, the Circus Maximus splendor. The parade marched the length of the cir
between the Palatine and Aventine, down to the time cus and may even have circled the spina, for it could
of Caligula, who built the Circus Gaii et Neronis, then have wound back by the street outside the cir
which Nero finished. This was in the Transtiberim, cus at the foot of the Palatine. But the temples dedi
in the valley between the Vatican and Janiculan hills. cated by victorious generals all seem to have found
Although it was very splendid, this seems to have their place on the Aventine above that side of the
been in use for only a short time, the area of the seat circus, and the triumphal arch awarded to Titus and
ing being invaded by tombs already in the second Vespasian for the capture of Jerusalem seems to have
century. It may be that the collapse of the Pons Ne- been inserted at the sphendone end of the axis of the
ronianus, which is undated but probably occurred circus opposite the Porta Pompae.
before the compilation of the regionary catalogues, A trigarium was a place for exercising horses by
for they omit it, made it difficult to get large crowds racing them. We do not know how it got its name,
of people to this circus, and that was responsible for for the Romans regularly raced in teams of an even
its decline. Furthermore, in the early third century number. We know nothing about the architectural
Elagabalus (a . d . 2 1 8 -2 2 2 ) built a new circus, now form of the trigarium in Rome, if it had one, and we
called the Circus Varianus, as part of the imperial are unable to place it more precisely than somewhere
villa Ad Spem Veterem, near Porta Maggiore, access in the Campus Martius. We presume that like the


Ludus Magnus it would have offered spectators Fast. 6 .2 0 5 -1 2 ). Another line of temples probably
some sort of accommodation, but on this point we filled or nearly filled the southwest side. One of
have no information. these, that of Castor and Pollux (see Castor et Pol
A stadium was a place for athletic events, and be lux, Aedes), is now known from a fragment of a new
cause foot races of various sorts figured large in marble plan of the area. Evidently the course of the
these, it took the general form of a circus but was Petronia Amnis (q.v.) crossed the circus, and this
shorter and without a spina. Although some form of must have been bridged at strategic points. It was
stadium probably became a regular feature of the probably not culverted before the Cloaca was, which
great imperial baths after N eros combining of a seems to have been shortly before 179 B .C ., and may
gymnasium with his baths, and one can see a sta have remained open in much of its course until the
dium form at the back of the peribolus of the Baths time of Agrippas systematization of the water and
of Caracalla, the only fully developed stadium in sewer systems of Rome beginning in 33 B.C . The
Rome was that of Domitian, which has become Pi lower part of the culvert below Piazza M attei, which
azza Navona. This was an exceptionally handsome is in large blocks of Gabine stone, appears to be
building faced with travertine and with a system of Agrippan work.
exits and entrances patterned on that of the Colos The square was unlike a proper circus in every
seum and capable of handling large numbers of spec way, and the derivation of its designation as such
tators in minimum time. It was regarded as one of perplexed Varro (Ling. 5 .1 5 4 ). It had no banks of
the greatest buildings in Rome and excited the ad seats for spectators, and the only games known to
miration of Constantius on his state visit to Rome in have been held there were the seldom celebrated Ludi
the middle of the fourth century, 2 5 0 years after its Taurii, in which there were horse races around m etae
construction. (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 4 ). C on tion es (public assemblies)
A ludus was a training school for gladiators of var were regularly held here (Cicero, Att. 1.14.1, Sest.
ious sorts, where they lived under strict discipline 33, R ed. Sen. 13, 17; Livy 2 7 .2 1 .1 ; Plutarch, M arcel.
and exercised, probably almost daily. There were pri 27 .3 ), and it was evidently regularly the site of a
vate ludi from an early period, but those we know market (Cicero, Att. 1 .1 4 .1 ; M artial 12.74.2). It was
most about are four public ones that Domitian built the staging ground for triumphs, where the spoils
in connection with the Amphitheatrum Flavium were displayed on the days preceding the actual cere
(Colosseum) and close in its shadow. The Ludus mony, and probably all great pompae passed
Magnus, next to the Colosseum and connected to it through the circus as part of their route (Livy
by an underground tunnel, has come to light in ex 3 9 .5 .1 7 ; Val. M ax. 1 .7 .4 ; Plutarch, Lucul. 37.2).
cavation and been carefully explored. Others, the Augustus delivered the lau d atio for Drusus here
Ludi Dacicus, Gallicus, and Matutinus, are known (Cass. Dio 5 5 .1 0 .8 ), and in 2 B .C . water was brought
from literature and fragments of the Marble Plan in and thirty-six crocodiles killed here as part of the
and were similar. The central feature was apparently ceremony of dedication of the Forum Augustum
always an oval arena with a bank of seats for spec (Cass. Dio 5 5 .1 0 .8 ). It was chosen as the site for an
tators around it, so the Romans could go and watch arch honoring Germanicus after his death (see Arcus
their favorites train or decide where best to place Germanici). So far as the evidence goes, the circus
their bets. Around this was then a rectangular bank had no architectural form. On the Marble Plan
of rooms in several storeys, the living quarters of the (Rodriguez pi. 23) a single line bounds it on the
gladiators and their trainers. There does not seem to northeast, which might be marking off a street along
have been a bath suite included. it or a margin raising this part a step above the sur
rounding area. At the east corner was an arch, pre
Circus Flaminius: a public square built by C. Flam- sumably triumphal, because the triumphal proces
inius as censor in 221 B .C . (Livy, E pit. 2 0 ; Paulus ex sions regularly passed through the circus, and there
Fest. 79L) in the Prata Flaminia (Livy 3.5 4 .1 5 ) in the were probably others. But probably the central area
southern Campus Martius that gave its name to was left entirely unencumbered.
the ninth regio of Rome in the regionary catalogues. PBSR 42 (1974): 3 - 2 6 (T. P. Wiseman), 44
It is shown on a fragment of the Marble Plan, now (1976): 4 4 - 4 7 (T. P. W iseman); Humphrey 5 4 0 - 4 5 ;
positively placed by a sure join, just south of the Por- C EFR 98 (1987): 3 4 7 -7 2 (E. La Rocca).
ticus Octaviae and Porticus Philippi, the square on
which these faced (C apitolium 3 5 .7 [I9 6 0 ]: 3 12 [G. Circus Gaii et Neronis (also called Circus
Gatti]). On the east it was bounded by the Theatrum Vaticanus) (Fig. 2 5 ): a circus laid out by Caligula
Marcelli, on the northeast by the porticoes just men but built largely by Nero on the right bank of the
tioned, and on the northwest by the Temple of Her Tiber in the valley between the Janiculan hill and the
cules Custos (see Hercules Custos, Aedes; cf. Ovid, Mons Vaticanus (Pliny, H N 1 6 .2 0 1 , 3 6 .7 4 ; Sueton


Figure 25
Circus G aii et N eron is,
Restored Sketch Plan
Superim posed on
Existin g Buildings

ius, C laud. 21.2). The axis lay east and west at a Poseidon Hippios. This became the occasion of the
slight angle to that of the basilica of S. Pietro, which rape of the Sabines (Varro, Ling. 6 .2 0 ; Plutarch,
is built over the northern half of the circus. If the R om . 14). Down the middle of the valley, which is
Neronian curved wall reported by Gatti (FA 4 unusually straight, ran a brook, which must have
[1949]: 3771) under the Via del SantUffizio is a wall been channeled and bridged from a very early date.
of the carceres, as it is believed to be, then the circus A number of temples and shrines (see, e.g., Sol et
must have stretched the full length of the basilica and Luna, Aedes; M ater Deum, Aedes; Iuventas, Aedes)
the colonnades of Bernini. The only significant rem that came to have places within the limits of the cir
nant of it was the obelisk that Caligula brought from cus may originally have been victory monuments put
Heliopolis and erected on the spina. This stood in up by successful competitors. This was the theater
place until 1586, when it was removed to its present for all ludi circenses and especially the Ludi Romani
place in the middle of Piazza S. Pietro on orders of in September. Tarquinius Priscus (Livy 1 .3 5 .8 ; Dion.
Pope Sixtus V. The ancient footing in Piazza dei Pro- Hal. 3.6 8 .1 ) is credited with granting the individual
tomartiri was excavated, examined, and measured in senators and equites rights to build places on stepped
1 9 5 7 -1 9 5 8 (R endP ontA cc 32 [1959]: 9 7 -1 2 1 [F. wooden platforms or stands (fori) from which to
Castagnoli]). The circus seems not to have been long view the games. Subsequently, more stands were
in use; the arena was invaded by tombs as early built under Tarquinius Superbus by forced labor
as the second century, and in the time of Caracalla of the plebs (Livy 1 .5 6 .2 ; Dion. Hal. 4.4 4 .1 ). The
the great mausoleum known from its later dedication first starting gates (carceres) were erected in 329
as the Rotonda di SantAndrea was constructed B .C . (Livy 8 .2 0 .1 ); they must have been of wood, for
there. they were brightly painted (Ennius ap. Cic., Div.
R endP ontA cc 45 (1 9 7 2 -7 3 ): 3 7 -7 2 (F. Magi); 1.108). The spina must originally have been simply the
Humphrey 5 4 5 -5 2 . channeled brook; the statues mounted on columns
of which we hear (Livy 40 .2 .2 ) and that of Pollen-
Circus H adriani: see N aum achia Traiani. tia (Livy 39.7.8) must have stood along the margin
of this, where perhaps the Arch of Stertinius (see
Circus M axim us: the oldest and largest of the the Fornices Stertinii) also stood. Later the spina
aters for games in Rome, traditionally founded by took the form of a euripus bridged at points and
Romulus in the Vallis Murcia (the valley between the provided with islands on which a great variety of
Palatine and Aventine), with horse races on the Con- pavilions and aediculae, as well as statuary, was
sualia. The Consualia were in honor of Consus (see erected; it seems never to have been covered over com
Consus, Ara), regarded as the Roman equivalent of pletely.


In 174 B .C . the censors Q. Fulvius Flaccus and A. (Juvenal 3 .6 5 ; P riapea 2 7 ; Anth. L at. 1 .1 9 0 ; S.H.A.
Postumius Albinus seem to have overhauled the H eliog ab. 26, cf. 3 2 ; Cyprian, D e Spect. 5), but there
whole complex (Livy 4 1 .2 7 .6 ). They rebuilt the car- is also the tombstone of a fruit vendor (C IL
ceres and set up the ova, sets of seven large wooden 6 .9 8 2 2 = IL S 7496).
eggs by movement of which the number of laps run Augustus watched the games from the houses of
is believed to have been indicated to the spectators. his friends and freedmen (on the surrounding hills?)
This arrangement became permanent (Varro, Rust. and occasionally from the Pulvinar (Suetonius, Aug.
1 .2 .11; Cassiodorus, Var. 3.51). In the games at the 45 .1 ), but the Pulvinar made those there unpleas
dedication of Pompeys Temple of Venus Victrix in antly conspicuous (Suetonius, C laud. 4.3). He is said
55 B .C ., the elephants exhibited in a battle in the cir to have assigned places to the senators and equites,
cus broke down the iron railing intended to serve as but evidently not in fixed order (Cass. Dio 5 5 .2 2 .4 );
a protection for the spectators (Pliny, H N 8 .2 0 21), Claudius assigned special seats to the senators
and in 46 B.C . this was replaced by a second euripus (Suetonius, Claud. 2 1 .3 ; Cass. Dio 6 0 .7 .3 4), Nero
(Pliny, H N 8 .2 0 -2 1 ; Suetonius, lul. 39), which Nero to the equites, to obtain adequate space for which
later removed. In 33 B.C . Agrippa added a set he had to fill in the euripus on the margin (Pliny,
of seven dolphins to match the ova (Cass. Dio 49. H N 8 .2 1 ; Suetonius, N ero 11.1; Tacitus, Ann.
43.2). 15.32).
Pliny (HN 36.102) credits Caesar with enlarging - In November a . d . 36 the part of the circus toward
the circus to the size we know, three and one-half the Aventine burned (Tacitus, Ann. 6 .4 5 ; Cass. Dio
stades (621 m) long and four plethra (118 m) wide, 5 8 .2 6 .5 ; B u llC om 44 [1916]: 2 1 1 -1 2 [R. Panbeni])
surrounding it, except at the starting end, with a eu but seems to have been repaired at once, for Caligula
ripus 2 .9 7 m wide and 2 .9 7 m deep, and providing gave ludi circenses notable for their innovations, en
it with seating for 15 0 ,0 0 0 spectators. After a fire in hancing the sand with minium and green pigment
31 B.C . (Cass. Dio 50 .1 0 .3 ) Augustus constructed the (Suetonius, Calig. 18.3) or with flecks of mica (Pliny,
Pulvinar ad Circum Maximum (Augustus, R G 19; H N 36 .1 6 2 ). Claudius built carceres of marble and
cf. Cassiodorus, Var. 3.51), a box on the Palatine new metal that was gilded (Suetonius, C laud. 21.3).
side, perhaps about halfway along the length, where At some time the dolphins of Agrippa were piped
the regalia and exuviae (symbols) of the gods were and turned into a fountain playing into the euripus
set on thrones during the games after having been (Tertullian, D e Spect. 8; cf. the Barcelona and Lyons
brought in procession (Festus 500L ). He also set up circus mosaics [Humphrey figs. 3 6 , 119]), at which
on the spina, probably on the axis of the Temple of time they must no longer have served to keep a rec
Sol et Luna, the obelisk of Ramesses II brought from ord of the laps. The great fire of Nero broke out in
Heliopolis (Pliny, H N 3 6 .7 1 ; Amm. M arc. 17.4.12) the circus near the northeast end in the tabernae on
now in Piazza del Popolo (see Obeliscus Augusti in the Palatine side and swept up that side driven by the
Circo M axim o). wind (Tacitus, Ann. 15.38). Probably the circus was
Dionysius (3.68) describes the circus as it was in 7 nearly a total loss (see Arae Incendii Neronis), but it
B.C . The seats rose in three tiers, the lowest being of was soon rebuilt, for Nero used it in 68 on his return
stone, the others of wood. The twelve carceres were from Greece (Suetonius, N ero 2 5 .2 ; Cass. Dio, Epit.
vaulted and closed by barriers of double gates, which 62 [6 3 ].2 0 .4 , 21 .1 ). In the time of Domitian it burned
could be opened simultaneously. Between each pair again and was repaired by Trajan, who used stone
stood a herm. Around the outside of the building from the naumachia of Domitian for the purpose
was a single-storeyed arcade containing shops with (Suetonius, D om . 5). At the same time Trajan added
living quarters above and passages through which two stadia to the length of the seating, probably on
one reached the seats by corridors and stairs in a re the Palatine side, by roofing the street behind the cir
peating pattern similar to that of the Colosseum (see cus and carrying the tiers of seats up the slope of the
Amphitheatrum Flavium), but less complicated, so Palatine, where foundations suitable for these have
entrance and exit were made very easy. The shops been found. Under Trajan the circus apparently
constituted a great bazaar; Tacitus (Ann. 15.38) says reached its greatest splendor.Under Antoninus Pius
it was the inflammable goods in these that particu there was a disastrous collapse of a part of the circus
larly fed the fire of Nero at its beginning. We hear with great loss of life (S.H.A. Ant. Pius 9; cf. Chron.
especially of the unsavory characters it drew, 146) and another under Diocletian (Chron. 148).
cookshop keepers (Cicero, M ilon. 65), astrologers Caracalla is recorded as having enlarged the ianuae
and fortunetellers (Cicero, Div. 1 .1 3 2 ; Juvenal circi (Chron. 147), probably the central entrance in
6 .5 8 8 ; Horace, Sat. 1 .6 .1 1 3 14), and prostitutes the middle of the carceres, but possibly the whole of


this end. It was magnificently restored by Constan games. At either end of the carceres was a tower
tine (Aur. Viet., C aes. 4 0 .2 7 ), who proposed to bring with battlements, and this end of the circus was given
the great obelisk of Thutmose III from Heliopolis to the nickname o p p id u m (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 3 ; Festus
adorn the spina. This was actually accomplished by 2 0 1L). The southwest side of the circus was slightly
Constantius in a . d . 3 5 7 (Amm. M arc. 1 7 .4 .1 2 -1 6 ; irregular, a jog being introduced just before the linea
see Obeliscus Constantii). There are frequent men a lb a at the end of the spina to ensure fair starting
tions of the circus in the literature of the fourth and positions. This is a regular feature in circuses. Fur
fifth centuries, but nothing that adds substantially to ther along this side, near the beginning of the sphen
our knowledge. The last is the letter of Cassiodorus done, the cavea is interrupted by the Temple of Sol
already cited (Var. 3 .5 1 ), which explores the subject et Luna (see Sol et Luna, Templum), which probably
fully and informs us that the spina carried reliefs did not project into the arena but was built with its
showing Roman generals in triumphal procession bottom step flush with the margin of the arena.
marching over the bodies of the vanquished. There may have been other shrines elsewhere in the
Aside from the information we glean from litera cavea, included in it as the circus and its seating were
ture, our knowledge of the circus depends on numer enlarged in the course of time. The sphendone is
ous representations of it in art, a group of fragments shown on the Piazza Armerina mosaic as a choice
of the Marble Plan (FUR pi. 17; Rodriguez pis. 5, position for spectators and filled with a richly
14) and especially a number of mosaics, reliefs on dressed company, including women and children. At
sarcophagi, and coins commemorating improve its center was an arched entrance, probably the pas
ments and restorations. For a catalogue of these, cf. sage used by triumphal processions on their way to
EAA 2.64 7 55. Modern excavations, especially ex the forum. This was rebuilt in a . d . 8 0 -8 1 by the sen
plorations in 1936, have brought to light only a few ate as a triumphal arch of three passages commemo
uninformative foundations of the seating around the rating the conquest of Palestine by Vespasian and
sphendone. These are in concrete, in part faced with Titus (G IL 6 .9 4 4 = /L5 264). It appears on the
brick and in part unfaced (cf. Nash 1 .2 3 6 -4 0 ). Ex Marble Plan, and remains of it were discovered in
cavation has also produced the line of the paved 1934 and 1982 (B u llC om 91 .2 [1986]: 5 4 4 [P. Cian-
street bounding the circus, enough to give its precise cio Rossetto]; Q A rcbE tr\ 9 [1990]: 6 8 71 [P. Bran-
position, orientation, and main dimensions in its fi dizzi Virrucci]).
nal form. The circus was 600 m long, 150 m wide, The spina down the middle of the arena was ap
and with an arena 5 5 0 m long and 80 m wide. The parently not a euripus before the middle of the sec
average depth of the cavea was 35 m, but it was ond century after Christ; eventually it was raised
greatly increased by additions built over the streets above the level of the arena, its basin faced with
and up the slopes of the Palatine, where it has been marble, and bridged at regular intervals. At the ends
estimated that it reached a depth of 80 m. of the bridges were sculptures of animals and ath
The exterior rose in three storeys with arches and letes, and the Piazza Armerina mosaic shows a Vic
an engaged order in the base storey, like the Colos toria mounted on a column. In the euripus were is
seum and Theater of Marcellus, and with similar ar lands that carried two-storeyed pavilions, the syzygia
rangements of entrances and stairs. The cavea was on which the ova and dolphins were mounted at
divided into three zones, probably corresponding to either end, and toward the southeast end the obelisk
the three storeys and separated by baltei. Only the of Augustus, a statue of the Magna M ater mounted
lowest zone was of stone. The Pulvinar was evidently on a rampant lion, a palm tree, which in the third
a handsome building on the Palatine side, but we century grows to great size, and a mysterious cubical
really know nothing about its architectural form (cf. building, like an altar with a door in one side, prob
B u llC om 72 [1 9 4 6 4 8]: 2732 [P. Mingazzini]). It ably the shrine of Murcia, because at this shrine a
must have been impressive to warrant special men space for a curule chair was granted the dictator M.
tion in the R es G esta e of Augustus. At the northwest Valerius Maximus and his descendants in perpetuity,
end the twelve carceres were disposed on a curve, from which to watch the games. At either end of the
canted to give all contenders an equal distance to spina, set off from it, was a high semicircular base
cover from the starting gate to the linea a lb a marking carrying the metae, groups of three elongated cones
the beginning of the first lap (Cassiodorus, Var. tapering to a rounded end and decorated at intervals
3.51.7). There were six carceres to either side of a with bands. The base of the metae at the carceres
central monumental entrance from the Forum Boar- end, at least, seems to have been covered with reliefs
ium. The gates themselves seem to have been of or at large scale.
namental grillwork, and over them was the box The capacity of the circus is given variously in our
adorned with statues of athletes from which the pre sources and probably varied through the period of
siding magistrate and his company watched the the empire almost as much as it did in that of the


republic. Dionysius (3.68) gives the capacity in 7 B.C . a military force and guarded the area (Festus 476L).
as 1 5 0 ,0 0 0 ; Pliny (H N 36.102) gives the capacity as It is the name of a plebeian family. Its most conspic
2 5 0 ,0 0 0 ; and the N otitia gives the capacity in the uous monument seems to have been the Temple of
fourth century as 3 8 5 ,0 0 0 loca, probably the num Mefitis (see Mefitis, Aedes, Lucus), although that of
ber of running feet of seating, or places for about Iuno Lucina (see Iuno Lucina, Aedes) was certainly
2 5 0 ,0 0 0 spectators. These figures have all been ques- equally, if not more, important. Today its summit is
tioned.The games presented in the circus were espe crowned by the church of S. M aria Maggiore.
cially chariot races of quadrigas, but other sorts of
races were also popular, and ludi circenses included Claudius, Divus, Templum (Figs. 3, 16): a temple
battles and hunts of several different sorts through to the deified Claudius on the Caelian in Regio II,
the republic. Later such shows were probably always which was begun by Agrippina, almost entirely de
removed to the Amphitheater of Statilius Taurus and stroyed by Nero after the fire of 64, and completed
the Colosseum, where spectacular effects and sur by Vespasian (Suetonius, Vesp. 9; Aur. Viet., Caes.
prises could be introduced. The most important 9.7, Epit. 9.8). Its platform is identified by the fact
games in the Circus Maximus were the Ludi Romani, that Frontinus (A q . 2.76) tells us Nero extended the
4 -1 9 September, and Ludi Plebei, 4 - 1 7 (Fast. Maff.) arches of the Aqua Claudia as far as this temple, and
or 1 2 -1 6 (Filocalus) November, but probably all the fragments of the Marble Plan (FUR pi. 16; Rodri
great games had at least a day or two of ludi circen guez pi. 2) identifiable as this platform carry the in
ses, as did victory celebrations and games given for scription t e m ] p l v m d i [v i ] c l a [v d i . Martial (D e
the dedication of buildings. S p ed . 2 .9 -1 0 ) tells us that Nero extended the Do-
Nash 1 .2 3 6 - 4 0 ; R om a, a rch eo lo g ia n el centro mus Aurea: C lau dia diffusas u bi porticu s explicit
(1985), 1.21323 (P. Ciancio Rossetto); J. H. Hum- um bras; he may possibly be referring to the arcaded
phrey, R om an C ircuses: A renas fo r C h ariot R acing and porticoed substructures. Part of these Nero con
(London 1986), 5 6 -2 9 4 . verted to use as a series of fountains and nymphaea,
from which the water mantled the slope of the Cae
Circus Varianus (Figs. 16, 7 8 ): a circus in the im lian with cascades and supplied the stagnum in the
perial enclave Ad Spem Veterem for which the only valley below; it was really only the temple itself that
literary testimony is in the life of Elagabalus (S.H.A. Nero destroyed.
H eliogab. 13.5, 14.5) but which has come to light in The temple faced the Palatine, and there was a
excavations at various points, most recently in 1959, grandiose stair of approach on its main axis. It was
when its western end (the starting end) was found hexastyle with a pronaos three bays deep and a fron
inside the Aurelian Walls, east of the Sessorium and tal stair. The cella was without interior columns.
the church of S. Croce in Gerusalemme. The last Around the temple, covering most of its platform,
stretch of the bridge of the Acqua Felice is based on the Marble Plan shows narrow bands, those toward
the north wall of the circus, and its sphendone end the front of the platform symmetrical banks of seven
reached nearly to modern Via Alcamo. It was then straight bands to either side, those toward the back
about 565 m long and 125 m wide, slightly smaller symmetrical banks of four, which turn at right
than the Circus M aximus, but larger than the Circus angles. The interpretation of these is difficult; they
of Maxentius (about 5 2 0 m long and 92 m wide). seem neither substructures, as Jordan thought, nor
The name Varianus is modern, formed from the gen- hedges (R om M itt 18 [1903]: 2 0 n .l [C. Hiilsen]). Be
tilicial name of Elagabalus. See also Obeliscus Anti- cause we are told by Pliny (H N 14.11) that a single
noi. vine stock covered all the walks in the open area of
R om M itt 64 (1957): 2 5 0 - 5 4 (E. Nash); Nash the Porticus Liviae (q.v.), these might be wooden ar
1.2414 2 ; Humphrey 5 5 2 57. bors of the sort familiar from Pompeian paintings of
gardens. This area in turn seems to have been sur
Circus Vaticanus: see Circus Gaii et Neronis. rounded by a colonnade on all sides, but through
negligence the cutter of this part of the Marble Plan
Cispius M ons (Fig. 75): the northern lobe of the omitted to indicate the columns and cut only the
Esquiline Hill, separated from the Oppius by the val margin.
ley up which ran the Clivus Suburanus and from the The terrace on which the temple stood measures
Viminal by the valley up which ran the Vicus Patri- 180 m deep and 2 0 0 m wide and stands to a height
cius (Varro, Ling. 5.50). It figured in the Septimon- of nearly 50 meters above sea level, one of the high
tium (Festus 459L , 476L) and in the ceremonies of est positions in Rome. It is framed on all sides by
the Argei (Varro, Ling. 5.50). It is supposed to have substructures. On the south these reach a height of
got its name from Laevus Cispius of Anagnia, who more than 15 m. The east (rear) front is well pre
in the time of Tullus Hostilius encamped there with served, ornamented with niches alternately semicir


cular and rectangular, symmetrically disposed to 6 .10251a = IL S 73 4 8 ), and there is no record at all
either side of a larger central exedra. Between each of its history.
pair of these niches are three or four semicircular Nash 1 .2 4 3 -4 8 .
niches at much smaller scale. Vaulted corridors and
well-like chambers appear behind this faade in a Clementia, A ra: an altar decreed by the senate in
complicated and irregular pattern, but they show no a .d. 2 8 , as was another of Amicitia, both to be em
sign of having been used as reservoirs or for aquatic bellished with statues of Tiberius and Sejanus (Taci
effects. In front of these niches ran a portico, either tus, Ann. 4.7 4 ). If these were ever built, they must
arcuated or columnar, and in its vaulted roof appear have been dismantled soon after the fall of Sejanus.
remains of a water channel. Apparently here water
fell behind an architectural faade in nymphaea Clementia Caesaris, Aedes: a temple decreed by
and was then channeled out through this to the the senate in 4 4 B .C ., in which the personifications of
north. Clementia and Caesar were portrayed clasping hands
The west front of the terrace was faced with ar (Cass. Dio 4 4 .6 .4 ; Appian, B ellC iv 2 .1 0 6 ; Plutarch,
cades in two storeys built of massive blocks of trav Caes. 57 .3 ). Antony was appointed priest of the cult.
ertine, heavily rusticated. The lower storey carried It is shown on a coin of Sepullius Macer as tetrastyle,
flat arches, and the upper carried rounded ones. Even with closed doors and a globe in the tympanum (B .
the frieze is rusticated, and the only finish is a Doric M. C oins, R om . R ep. 1 p. 5 4 9 nos. 4 1 7 6 -7 7 ; Craw
pilaster capital between each pair of arches in the ford 480/21). The site is entirely unknown.
upper storey and the architrave and cornice this car
ries. The vaulted substructures behind these arches Clitellae: Paulus ex Fest. (52L) tells us that there
were completed as rooms in brick-faced concrete was a place in Rome so called from its likeness to a
masonry and probably used as shops. A street ran saddle (clitellae dicuntur locus R om a e p ro p ter simi-
along the base of this front. The stair of approach litudinem) and that there were places on the Via
was axial and evidently spanned this street on a Flaminia so called from their ups and downs. There
bridge. is no point on the Via Flaminia nearer than the six
The north front, where the fall of the hill was teenth milestone which could be described as a series
greatest, was supported by a series of vaulted cham of ups and downs, and there are so many saddles in
bers making a plain face along this front. In a num the hilly parts of Rome that one wonders whether
ber of these chambers the walls show incrustations Festus is not defining a common use of the word
of lime, evidence that there were water pipes here, rather than explaining a toponym.
and there are traces of building and terracing lower
on the slope. We must imagine that in the time of C livus: see V ia , V icu s, C livus.
Nero this whole slope was a garden enlivened with
architecture, stairs, and fountains. One fountain Clivus A rg entariu s (Fig. 19): the street connecting
piece, a ships prow decorated with sea monsters and the Forum Romanum and the Campus Martius at
a boars head, survives, and others have been found the head of Via Lata (Via Flaminia). It began at the
in the past (Flaminio Vacca, M em orie di varie anti- Area Volcani (see Volcanal) and ran in front of the
cbit trovate in diversi lu og bi della citt di R om a, in Career over the northeast shoulder of the Capitoline.
F. Nardini, R om a an tica [Rome 1704], 22). This gen Somewhere along it in this area stood the Porta Fon-
eral scheme, somewhat modified and with reduction tinalis of the Servian Walls, and as it emerged in the
of the amount of water used, seems to have survived campus it ran west of the Sepulcrum Bibuli in the
under the Flavians. pomerial reserve. The name is found only in medie
The south front, where the temple terrace was val documents (Jordan 2 .6 3 4 ; V Z 2 .3 2 6 , 3 .5 3 , 219,
lifted only a little above the neighboring terrain, 2 2 0 , 4 .1 4 0 ), but it was probably in use in antiquity
shows vaulted chambers only at the extremities; the and derived from the tabernae of the argentarii there
rest was evidently supported only by retaining walls. (cf. Basilica Argentaria [q.v.]). PA suggests that the
Off this front opened a number of subsidiary an republican name was Lautumiae (q.v.), but that
nexes of uncertain use. The most important of these seems unlikely.
was a large rectangular room with an axial apse con Nash 1.249.
taining a statue base, flanked by a pair of smaller
rooms apparently designed to be symmetrical. Clivus Bassilli: known only from C IL 6 .3 6 3 6 4
Despite its size and the importance of its position, = IL S 8 2 1 8 , a road branching from the Via Tibur-
the temple is mentioned only rarely in literature. tina in the neighborhood of the Campo Verano cem
It is mentioned in only a single inscription (C IL etery.

Clivus Capitolinus (Fig. 19): the principal ap yond it to Porta Capena) with Via Laurentina/Ardea-
proach to the Capitoline Hill, the only road that tina just outside Porta Naevia. This seems to have
could be negotiated by vehicles from the forum side. been a natural track, and the identification is likely
It began at the Area Volcani (see Volcanal), climbed enough, although there is no proof. Nor is there any
steeply to the southwest along the Temple of Saturn indication of why this street should have been
(Servius a d Aen. 2 .1 1 6 , 8.319), and bent sharply singled out for inclusion in the catalogues, a distinc
back at the corner of the Porticus Deorum Consen- tion otherwise reserved for streets such as the Sacra
tium, part of the back wall of which serves as terrac Via and Vicus Iugarius. Perhaps the dolphin was a
ing for the clivus. Its upper course is very uncertain prominent landmark; it might have been a fountain
and was probably changed and extended by figure.
branches several times. Originally this must have
been simply a path and led to the saddle, Inter Duos Clivus M am uri: a street mentioned in medieval
Lucos, from which other paths led to the crests of documents (cf. B u llC om 42 [1914]: 373 [M. Mar-
the hill. After the construction of the Capitoline chetti]) that took its name from the Statua Mamuri
temple, it was made a processional way and suitable (q.v.) listed in the regionary catalogues in Regio VI.
for vehicles. It was paved by the censors of 174 B .C ., This was presumably the statue of Mamurius Vetur-
Q. Fulvius Flaccus and A. Postumius Albinus (Livy ius, the legendary bronze smith who made the eleven
4 1 .2 7 .7 ). In 190 B .C . Scipio erected an elaborate arch ancilia of the Salii in imitation of the one that had
somewhere along it, adversus viam , but probably not fallen from heaven (Paulus ex Fest. 117L ; Ovid, Fast.
a gateway to the Area Capitolina, as otherwise this 3 .3 7 9 -9 2 ; Plutarch, N um a 13.3) and was therefore
would be specified (Livy 37 .3 .7 ). It may have been probably near the Curia Saliorum Collinorum (q.v.).
considered part of the Sacra Via, but was no longer The humanist Pomponio Leto (VZ 4.429) says the
so in Varros day (Varro, Ling. 5 4 7 ; Festus 372L ). Vicus Mamuri and statue were at the church of S.
Because it commanded the Forum Romanum, it Susanna on the Quirinal, but the regionary cata
was a convenient place for a show of strength (Livy logues put it close to the Capitolium Vetus and
3.1 8.7, 19.7; Cicero, Att. 2.1 .7 ). Along some part of Temple of Quirinus. We seem to have a choice be
it there were private houses (Cicero, M ilon. 64). And tween the street (vicus) leading southeast from Pi
about halfway up was the Porta Stercoraria (Festus azza S. Bernardo and the slope (clivus) leading down
466L ), leading to an angiportus. Portions of the from the crossing of Quattro Fontane to Vicus Lon-
pavement still exist in the lower reaches, but nothing gus in the valley between Quirinal and Viminal. The
in the upper parts. latter seems slightly preferable.
Nash 1 .2 5 0 -5 1 .
Clivus M artis: the slope of the Via Appia leading
Clivus Capsarius: a street known from a fragment up to the Temple of Mars (see Mars, Aedes) between
of the Acta Fratrum Arvalium of a . d . 2 4 0 (NSc the first and second milestones outside Porta Capena
1914, 4 6 6 , 473 [G. Mancini and O. Marucchi] = ILS (CJL 6 .1 0 2 3 4 = IL S 72 1 3 ). This was provided with
9 522): in C livo Capsar. in A ventino M aiore. C apsarii a walk paved with squared stone in 295 B.C . (Livy
seem to have been those who looked after the clothes 10.23.12) and the road cobbled in 189 B .C . (Livy
of people in the public baths (C1L 6 .9 2 3 2 = ILS 38 .2 8 .3 ). At some unknown time before Ovid it be
7 621), as well as those who made capsae, but a cli came known as Via Tecta (Ovid, Fast. 6 .1 9 1 92);
vus is hardly likely to have taken its name from the this may have been in reference to the a m b u latio of
concentration there of dwellings of bath attendants. Crassipes mentioned by Cicero (QFr. 3.7 .1 ). At an
We must incline to seeing this as the center of the other time the road was graded, evidently considered
manufacture of capsae. Its location is quite uncer a m ajor public undertaking (C IL 6 .1 2 7 0 = ILS
tain, except as it was a clivus rather than a vicus. 5386). Cf. Degrassi 4 6 3 ; N Sc 1921, 97 (G. M an
Clivus Cosconius: a street known only from Varro
(Ling. 5 .1 5 8 ), who says that it was built by a viocu- Clivus Orbius (Urbius): a street leading from the
rus of the same name. Its location is quite unknown. top of Vicus Cuprius (sumntus Vicus Cuprius) up to
the top of the Oppius. Because of the abominable
Clivus Delphini: a street listed by the regionary desecration of her fathers corpse by Tulla when her
catalogues in Regio X II after the Temple of the Bona carriage turned right into this street and she forced
Dea Subsaxana. PA and Lugli and Gismondi take it the driver to drive over the body, at least a stretch of
to be the street north of the Thermae Antoninianae this street became known as the Vicus (not Clivus)
that connected the Via Nova (possibly extending be Sceleratus. Livy (1 .4 8 .6 -7 ) gives a very detailed ac


count of this incident, from which it appears that the Clivus Pullius: a street leading to the top of the Es-
Vicus Cuprius must be the street leading from the quiline near the Fagutal (Solinus 1.26). It can with
north corner of the Basilica Constantini to Piazza di confidence be put on the north side of the Esquiline
S. Pietro in Vincoli following the line of Via di S. near the church of S. Pietro in Vincoli and must have
Pietro in Vincoli (what is called Clivus Orbius on the led up from the Subura (M aior). Lanciani shows
Lugli and Gismondi map), and the Clivus Orbius street pavement found in three places near here run
must be a street crossing this, either that running ning in the right direction. It might be any of these
from the Subura to the Colosseum, the Vicus San- but is not likely to be the continuation of the Clivus
daliarius of Lugli and Gismondi, or a street running Orbius of Lugli and Gismondi. Varro says it received
north west/southeast in the neighborhood of Piazza its name from its viocurus, or builder. The name per
S. Pietro in Vincoli. The former is clearly more likely, sisted late, and the fourth-century edict of Tarracius
because it mounts and descends fairly steep slopes. Bassus mentions Clivumpullenses (C/L 6 .31893c).
The Vicus Sceleratus would have been the stretch The medieval church of S. Ioannis in Clivo Plumbi
from the intersection with Vicus Cuprius across the or in Carapullo, which existed on the slope north
Oppius, a relatively level stretch, while the stretch of S. Pietro until the end of the sixteenth century,
climbing the slope could still have been clled Clivus shows a corrupted form of the name (HJ 2 5 7 ; HCh
Orbius. 271).
Solinus 1.25; Dion. Hal. 4 .3 9 .3 ; Ovid, Fast.
6 .6 0 1 -1 0 . Clivus Rutarius: known from a single inscription
(C/L 6 .7 8 0 3 = IL S 78 9 9 ); it seems to have been a
Clivus Palatinus (Fig. 6 3): the modern name for branch from the Via Aurelia running south from
the paved roadway to the Palatine from the Summa this, not far from the Porta Aurelia (Porta S. Pancra-
Sacra Via (see Sacra Via) at the Arcus Titi (q.v.). Its zio), but is otherwise unknown.
ancient name is unknown. Considerable remains of
ancient pavement of various periods survive in the Clivus Sacer: see Sacra Via.
vicinity. It was a broad processional way and ran in
a straight line, probably as far as the Domus Augus- Clivus Salutis: a street mentioned only by Symma-
tiana, but all trace of it disappears at the top of the chus (E p ist. 5.5 4 [5 2 ].2 ) and the L ib er Pontificalis
slope. (LPD 1.221, [Innocentius, 4 0 2 17]; VZ 2.235) but
Nash 1 .1 5 2 -5 3 . probably that part of the Vicus Salutis (q.v.) that
climbed from the Campus Martius to Porta Salutaris
Clivus Patrici: see Vicus Patricius. (roughly equivalent to the modern Via della Da-
taria). It took its name from the Collis Salutaris and,
Clivus Primoris: possibly a name by which the ultimately, from the Temple of Salus (q.v.).
stretch of the Sacra Via from the Fornix Fabianus to
Summa Sacra Via was commonly known (Varro, Clivus Scauri (Fig. 16): a street that ascended east
Ling. 5.47). from the valley between Palatine and Caelian, run
ning through a natural cleft, to the top of the Caelian
Clivus Publicius (Fig. 14): the main approach to and Porta Querquetulana (or Querquetularia), the
the Aventine in antiquity, constructed by the ple Arcus Dolabellae et Silani (q.v.), in general coincid
beian aediles, L. and M. Publicius Malleolus, in 2 4 1 - ing with modern Via di SS. Giovanni e Paolo. The
238 B .C . (Broughton, M RR 1 .2 1 9 20). It began at name is found only in postclassical documents (Jor
Porta Trigmina near the head of the Pons Sublicius dan 2 .5 9 4 - 9 5 ; HCh 2 5 6 -5 7 ) , but it is almost cer
(Frontinus, A q. 1.5) and mounted the slope behind tainly ancient (cf. C/L 6 .9 9 4 0 = IL S 7 6 1 9 : Vicus
the Circus Maximus, running northwest/southeast, Scauri).
probably descending the opposite slope to join Vicus Nash 1 .2 5 4 -5 5 .
Piscinae Publicae. It was always in heavy use, served
the great series of temples crowning the brow of the Clivus Suburanus: the continuation of the Argile-
Aventine above the Circus Maximus, and must have tum where it ascended between the Cispian and Op
been densely built up from an early period. Livy pius to Porta Esquilina (Arcus Gallieni [q.v.]). Re
(30.26.5) speaks of its having burned to the ground mains of ancient paving show that it followed in
in 203 B.C . general the course of Vie S. Lucia in Selci, di S. M ar
Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 8 ; Ovid, Fast. 5 .2 7 7 -9 4 ; Festus tino, and di S. Vito. Cf. M artial 5 .2 2 .5 , 10.20[19].5.
276L ; Livy 2 6 .1 0 .6 , 2 7 .3 7 .1 5 , 3 0 .2 6 .5 . Nash 1.256.


Clivus Triarius: a street known only from a single the vicinity of the forum, it can be followed the
inscription (C IL 15.7178 = IL S 8728) but probably length of the Forum Nervae and clearly continued
part of the Vicus Triari of the Capitoline Base (C/L beyond, culverted under the Argiletum (Fig. 39). At
6 .975 = IL S 6073) listed in Regio X II. It might be the the lower end of the Forum Nervae it divides; one
unnamed continuation of the Clivus Publicius of channel, the Braccio M orto, runs beneath the Basil
Lugli and Gismondi southeast of Vicus Piscinae Pub- ica Paulli, the other, probably an artificial modifica
licae. tion, runs around the end of the basilica to rejoin the
Braccio M orto at the little sacellum of Cloacina. On
Clivus Victoriae (Fig. 63): the ascent to the Pala the south side of the Forum Romanum, it runs under
tine along the northwest side of the hill beginning at the Basilica lulia parallel to the Vicus Tuscus, pre
the Velabrum. It took its name from the Temple of sumably having run in an open channel earlier, and
Victoria (see Victoria, Aedes). Its original start must zigzags through the Velabrum, running under the
have been the Porta Romana of the Romulean pom- Ianus Quadrifrons and between the round and rec
erium (Festus 318L ). At present its course runs more tangular temples (Vesta and Fortuna Virilis) of
or less straight, rising steadily to the north corner of the Forum Boarium. Its mouth on the Tiber, framed
the hill. Here it probably originally turned back on in three concentric arches of Gabine stone, is a con
itself and ran higher on the slope to the precinct of spicuous landmark kept visible in the modern Tiber
the Magna M ater and Victoria at the west corner of embankment.
the hill. Now it turns abruptly east and follows a Except for the Braccio M orto, the walls of part of
somewhat irregular path through the substructures which are of cappellaccio, the lower course has walls
of the Domus Tiberiana, ending at a clivus parallel of squared blocks of Gabine stone, a floor of selce
to the Clivus Palatinus and separated from that by a paving, and a vaulted roof of concrete and brick
line of tabernae fronting on a deep portico. Once it faced concrete. The Gabine stone walls must be due
probably ran to the Clivus Palatinus. Its line was to the general rehandling of the water and sewer sys
probably changed in the first century after Christ; tems of Rome by Agrippa beginning in his aedileship
various distinguished men, including Cicero and Me- in 33 B .C . (Cass. Dio 4 9 .4 3 ); Gabine stone was rela
tellus Celer, are known to have had houses there (see tively expensive and used extensively only from the
Domus: M . Cicero, Caecilius Metellus Celer), but all time of Julius Caesar through that of Nero (Blake
trace of these has disappeared in the reorganization 1947, 3 8 -3 9 ), and Narducci describes the construc
of the Palatine under Tiberius and Caligula. W hat tion as very similar to that of the lower course of the
had once been an important thoroughfare had be Petronia Amnis (q.v.) from Piazza Mattei to the T i
come little more than a service alley for the imperial ber (Narducci 3 6 - 3 7 , 4 0 - 4 2 ) . The rest of the course
palace. is presumably of later date, reworked as new build
Nash 1.257. ing made demands for more capacious branch lines.
Ultimately, it received the wastes from the Thermae
C loaca M axim a: the stream that drains all the val Diocletianae.
leys between the Quirinal and Esquiline hills, run The Cloaca M axim a was an object of great admi
ning through the middle of the Forum Romanum on ration to Pliny for its size, so great that men could
a northeast/southwest course and emptying into the traverse it in boats, and so strong that the walls
Tiber a little below the east end of the island. It be could resist the most violent storms, and even floods
came one of the main drains of Rome, and Pliny (H N when the water backed up in its channel, and the
3 6.105) says it gathered into its course seven tribu roofs stood up under the passage of great blocks of
taries. There is no reason to doubt this, and all may stone in the streets overhead and the collapse of
have been more or less permanent waters. Livy burning buildings (Pliny, H N 3 6 .1 0 4 8). It contin
(1.38.6, 56.2) says the work of making the brook a ues to function today, but connected with the main
sewer was carried out under Tarquinius Priscus and sewer of Rome to prevent the backwash from flood
Tarquinius Superbus, the latter using forced labor of ing the Forum. Ficoroni (L e vestigia e rarita d i R om a
the plebs, but he must mean the channeling of the antica [Rome 1744], 1.74) reports that the lower
course, because in the time of Plautus (Cure. 476) course was all cleared in 1742, the conduit being
there was still an open channel in the middle of the found 10 m below the ground level and built of
Forum Romanum. blocks of travertine. Narducci (4) gives the dimen
It follows a very irregular course, reflecting the Ro sions at the Tiber mouth as 4 .5 0 m wide and 3 .3 0 m
mans reluctance to interfere with a potentially hos high, while at the corner of Via di S. Teodoro and
tile and dangerous power. Within the excavations in Via dei Foraggi it is 2 .1 2 m wide and 2 .7 2 m high.


PA gives the dimensions in the stretch from the near Ponte Principe Amedeo inscribed f i n e i s [ . . .
northwest corner of the Forum Augustum to Via . ] (C IL 6 .3 0 4 2 2 .3 ) indicates a location
]a v d e t a [ . .
Alessandrina as 3 .2 0 m wide and 4 .2 0 m high. De upstream of this point, but might equally well refer
spite the variation, it was clearly capacious through to the Codeta Minor.
the area of the Subura (cf. Strabo 5.3.8 [235]).
Nash 1 .2 5 8 6 1 ; R om a sotterran ea, 1 7 0 72 (C. Codeta M inor: a swampy place in the Campus
Mocchegiani Carpano). Martius where Julius Caesar excavated his nauma
chia (Suetonius, Iul. 3 9 .4 ; Cass. Dio 4 3 .2 3 .4 ). From
Cloacina, Sacrum (Fig. 3 9 ): a small sacellum to the the discovery of a boundary stone in the Tiber near
divinity of the brook running across the Forum Ro- Ponte Principe Amedeo inscribed f i n e i s [ . . . ]
manum. It stood near the Tabernae Novae (Livy a v d e t a [ . . . ] (C IL 6 .3 0 4 2 2 .3 ), we can presume one

3.4 8 .5 ), and Plautus (Cure. 471) places it between Codeta lay upstream of that point. A place in the
the Comitium and an unnamed basilica. It is shown loop of the river somewhere across from the M au
on coins (B. M. C oins, R om . R ep. 1 .5 7 7 -7 8 nos. soleum Hadriani seems indicated.
4 2 4 2 -5 4 ) as a low circular platform crowned by an
open balustrade holding two draped statues, each Cohortes Vigilum, Stationes: the seven barracks
with the right hand lowered to a small support (thy- of the seven cohorts of city watchmen established by
miaterion?), one with the left hand raised and hold Augustus following his reorganization of the city
ing an indistinct object usually identified as a flower. into fourteen regiones, each cohors being responsible
Other additions to either side of the platform are for two regiones and its statio located strategically to
also unclear. These are presumably the signa Veneris control these. There were also fourteen smaller
C loacin ae of Pliny (H N 15.119). It is identified be posts, ex cu bitoria, which seem to have been the sta
yond question by a round marble base molding tions from which closer watch was kept night and
found in 1 8 9 9 -1 9 0 1 in front of the Basilica Paulli day (see P. K. Baillie Reynolds, T h e Vigiles o f Im p e
encroaching on the Sacra Via, where the Braccio rial R o m e [Oxford 1926], especially 4 3 63). The
M orto of the Cloaca under the basilica joins the following is known about the individual stationes:
main channel. It is 2 .4 0 m in diameter, with a rectan I (Fig. 18): This was the barracks of the cohors
gular projection to the northwest, presumably for a responsible for Regiones VII and IX . For a long time
small stair of approach. This molding rests on a base it was believed that it was shown on a fragment of
of travertine blocks, below which are eight courses the Marble Plan, placed just east of Via Lata. This
of various sorts of stone, showing that the shrine was was shown conclusively by G. Gatti (B ullC om 62
very old and had to be raised as the ground level [1934]: 1 2 3 -4 9 , especially 1 4 8 -4 9 ) to be part of the
around it rose. It is not known when or why Cloaca Horrea Galbana and to belong near Monte Testac-
was assimilated to Venus, or why there should have cio, in quite a different part of the city. We then have
been two statues in the sacellum. no notion of the architectural form of this barracks
Nash 1 .2 6 2 -6 3 . and no real indication of its precise location, though
its place, second in the list for Regio VII in the re
Codeta (also evidently called Codeta M aior and gionary catalogues, tends to indicate a location to
Campus Codetanus or Caudetanus): listed in the ward the southern end of Regio VII, where it would
regionary catalogues in Regio XIV, called ag er by be central to the densely built up and thickly inhab
Paulus (Paulus ex Fest. 34L and 50L ), who adds that ited portions of Regiones VII and IX , and this is con
a plant resembling horsetails grew there. This seems firmed by the discovery of several inscriptions per
to have been an equisetum, probably the common taining to the cohort in the vicinity of Piazza SS.
arvense or maximum, known in Italy today as code Apostoli, especially toward the northern end of the
di cavallo and code equine, called horsetails and piazza (cf. C IL 6 .2 3 3 , 1092, 1157, 1226). Remains
scouring rushes in English. These are marsh plants, discovered in the area do not permit reconstruction
and therefore we should look for a swamp or depres of even a tentative plan (cf. N Sc 1912, 3 3 7 -4 2 [G.
sion in the Transtiberim. One was identified under M ancini]).
Via Morosini just west of the Viale di Trastevere in II: in Regio V (N ot., Cur.), a barracks on the Es-
1888 (LFUR sheet 33), and we can presume this ex quiline for the cohors responsible for Regiones V and
tended for some distance to the northeast. The land III, at the south end of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (cf.
is rising to the south and west. This is part of the C IL 6 .4 1 4 , 1059, 2 9 6 2 - 6 8 , 3 2 7 5 2 ; IL S 8382).
Nemus Caesarum and probably that part in which Ill: in Regio VI (N ot.), but the epigraphical evi
Augustus constructed his naumachia. A bound dence will not permit precise identification of the site
ary stone of the late republic found in the Tiber (cf. C IL 6 .2 9 6 9 -7 1 , 3761 = 3 1 3 2 0 , 3 2 7 5 3 -5 6 ; ILS


2 1 65, 21 6 7 ). It may have been just inside the Porta brick covered with signinum toward the center, off
Viminalis, near the east corner of the Thermae Dio- which open other rooms, including a large lararium
cletianae, where Lugli and Gismondi put it. This co- to the Genius Cohortis and a bath. There are numer
hors must have been responsible for Regiones IV and ous inscriptions and graffiti (C IL 6 .2 9 9 3 3091,
VI of Augustan Rome. 3 2 7 5 1 ; ILS 2 1 7 2 , 2 1 7 4 -7 7 ) dated a . d . 2 1 5 -2 4 5 .
IIII: listed by the regionary catalogues in Regio XII M ost of these are associated with the lararium and
and traditionally associated with the church of S. express thanks of some common soldier of the co
Saba, under which have been found walls of concrete hors on completion of his month of sebaciaria, a ser
faced with reticulate (NSc 1902, 2 7 0 73, 4 6 5 66 vice the nature of which is not precisely known, but
[M. E. Cannizzaro and L. C. Gavini], 3 5 7 [G. Gatti]) which seems to have been tedious and somewhat
and near which was discovered a Mithraeum (NSc dangerous, as a number of the inscriptions contain
1925, 3 8 2 - 8 7 [R. Paribeni]). Several inscriptions the words om n ia tuta and/or salvis com m anipulis. It
have been found that help to confirm this identifica may have been some sort of night watch; the first
tion (C IL 6 .2 1 9 , 2 2 0 , 643 , 1055, 2 9 7 2 -7 6 ; ILS element of seb aciaria seems to be the root of the
2 1 62, 2 1 6 3 ; A d i 1858, 2 8 5 -8 9 [G. B. De Rossi]). word for tallow. But it also seems to have been
No plan of any substantial part of the complex has done singly.
been recovered, and its location suggests that this co Nash 1 .2 6 6 -6 7 ; PBSR 5 4 (1986): 1 4 7 -6 9 (J. S.
hort was responsible for Regiones X II and X III, but Rainbird).
not, as has sometimes been suggested, X I, which
must have been under Cohors VII. Collis H ortulorum : see Pincius M ons.
V (Fig. 16): in Regio II (N ot., Cur.), on the Caelian
southeast of S. M aria in Domnica and southwest of Colosseum: see Amphitheatrum Flavium.
S. Stefano Rotondo. Parts of this statio were found
in 1931 when the Via della Navicella was widened. Colossus: see Statua, Signum, Equus, Colossus.
Earlier, in 1920, an inscribed base with a dedication
by the fifth cohort to Caracalla was discovered in Colossus Solis (Neronis): a bronze portrait statue
situ at the entrance to Villa Celimontana. Other in of Nero, nude, the work of Zenodorus, that origi
scriptions belonging to it are C IL 6 .2 2 1 , 2 2 2 , 1057, nally stood in the entrance court (vestibulum) of the
1058, 2 9 7 7 -8 3 ; IL S 2 1 5 7 , 2 1 6 0 , 2 1 6 1 , 2 1 7 3 . The Domus Aurea on the Velia (Suetonius, N ero 31;
remains are of brick-faced concrete, but it is not pos Pliny, H N 34 .4 5 ). Its height is given variously as
sible to reconstruct the plan more than hypotheti 102Vi Roman feet (N ot., Cur.) to 120 Roman feet
cally. This cohort must have been responsible for Re (Suetonius, N ero 31). After N eros death it was mod
giones I and II. ified by Vespasian and became a statue of Sol with
Nash 1 .2 6 4 -6 5 . the addition of a radiate crown, each of the seven
VI: listed in Regio VIII by the N otitia. The inscrip rays being 23 Vi Roman feet long (Suetonius, Vesp.
tions pertaining to it (C IL 6 .2 9 8 4 -9 2 , 32757) are 18; Pliny, H N 34 .4 5 ). It was moved by Hadrian,
without topographical value. Logically this cohort probably in a . d . 128, to a position just northwest of
must have been responsible for Regiones VIII and X, the Colosseum, where a square in the pavement of
a section small in area but very important and the street still marks the place of the base (S.H.A.
densely built up. To be central to its area, the statio H adr. 1 9 .1 2 -1 3 ) (Figs. 3, 16, 90). The base was 7 m
would have had to lie in the immediate vicinity of square, of brick-faced concrete, and originally ve
the Forum Romanum. neered with marble. For the transference, which was
VII: listed by the regionary catalogues in Regio carried out to make place for Hadrians Temple of
X IV and argued by Baillie Reynolds to have been re Venus et Roma, Hadrian employed the services of
sponsible for Regiones X IV and X I. No trace of the the architect Decrianus, who is said to have moved
statio has come to light, but remains of one of the the statue upright (suspensum ) and to have re
excubitoria were found in 1866 at Monte di Fiore, quired the use of twenty-four elephants. Later Com-
east of the church of S. Crisogono. The building, of modus removed the head, substituting for it a por
which only a small part has been excavated, seems trait of himself, and added the attributes of Hercules
originally to have been a private bath complex of the (S.H.A. C o m m o d . 17.910; Cass. Dio 7 3 .2 2 .3 ; Her-
second century (C IL 6 .5 7 9 = IL S 35 2 0 ), which was odian 1 .15.9), but these were removed after his
then modified and possibly enlarged at the end of death and the statue restored as Sol. An annual fes
that century. The excavated part consists of a large tival on 6 June in which the colossus was crowned
hall or court with a black-and-white mosaic pave and covered with garlands persisted into Christian
ment of marine subjects and a hexagonal fountain of times (Degrassi 46 6 ). It was still standing in the


fourth century and is listed by the regionary cata reliefs on the sides, intended to be identical, show the
logues in Regio IV, but it is not mentioned in the Ein- decu rsio equitum performed at the funeral before the
siedeln itinerary of the late eighth-early ninth cen pyre was lit. Riders of several sorts, including sena
tury. tors, move in a ring around a group of foot soldiers
The adage quoted by Bede (O pera P araenetica 2, representing the praetorian guard.
E xcerption es Patrum, C ollectan ea 543B [Migne Helbig4 1.378 no. 4 8 0 ; CAR 2-G , 152 pp. 181
94]), qu am diu sta bit colossu s, stabit et R om a; 8 2 ; Nash 1 .2 7 0 -7 5 ; L. Vogel, T he C olum n o f A n
qu an d o cadet, ca d et et R om a ; q u a n d o cad et R om a, toninus Pius (Cambridge, Mass. 1973); Rend-
cad et et m undus, should refer not to the amphithea PontA cc 5 1 -5 2 (1 9 7 8 -8 0 ): 3 8 9 - 4 0 0 (D. E. E.
ter but to the statue, as should early medieval men Kleiner and F. S. Kleiner); B u llC om 88 (198283):
tion of an insula, regio and rota colisei. The name 7 3 -7 5 (B. Frischer); PBSR 5 7 (1989): 9 0 -1 0 5 (R.
Colosseum seems not to have been applied to the Hannah).
amphitheater until about a . d . 1000. Cf. Jordan
2 .1 1 9 ,3 1 9 ,5 1 0 . Columna Antoniniana: see Columna M arci
Nash 1 .2 6 8 -6 9 . Aurelii Antonini.

Columna Antonini Pii: a column raised to the Columna Bellica: a diminutive column (colum ella)
memory of Faustina and Antoninus by his adoptive that stood in a plot, probably marked off by cippi, in
sons and heirs, M . Aurelius and Lucius Verus. It front of (ante) the Temple of Bellona in the Campus
stood in the Campus Martius just west of Monteci- Martius. A soldier of Pyrrhus had been made to buy
torio, oriented with the nearby commemorative al this plot so that it might permanently represent for
tars of the Antonines and the Column of Marcus Au eign territory. In declaring war, the fetial threw a
relius. The shaft was of red granite, unfluted, and spear over the column into the enemy territory, a rite
14.75 m high; after serious damage by fire in the that persisted as late as the time of Marcus Aurelius
eighteenth century and the use of undamaged parts (Cass. Dio 72 .3 3 .3 ).
to repair the obelisk in Piazza di Montecitorio, only Ovid, Fast. 6 .2 0 5 -9 ; Servius a d Aen. 9 .5 2 ; Festus
a slab of the foot of the column was preserved. This 30L ; Lindsay, G loss. L at. 4.55 (pseudo-Placidus).
gives the masons inscription with the date of
its quarrying, a . d . 106 (IG 14 .2 4 2 1.1 ). The column Columna Lactaria: a column in the Forum Holi-
is shown on coins surmounted by a Corinthian cap torium mentioned by Paulus (Paulus ex Fest. 105L),
ital and a statue, presumably of bronze, and set off who says infants were taken there to be given milk.
by an openwork balustrade, which the accounts of Presumably he means the children of the poor, and
the excavation of the base report to have been of this was a charitable institution. It has been asso
marble (cf., e.g., B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 4 .5 2 8 no. ciated with the Temple of Pietas (see Pietas, Aedes),
893). one of the few buildings known to have been in the
The unusually large base of white marble carried Forum Holitorium, and also with the story of Cimon
a short dedicatory inscription on its principal (north and Pero (Caritas Romana), the latter without good
west) face (C IL 6 .1 0 0 4 = IL S 347) and had reliefs on reason.
the other three. This was excavated in 1703, together
with the column, of which only 6 m projected above Columna M aenia: a column erected in 338 b . c . in
ground at that time. The base was then removed to honor of C. Maenius, victor over the Latins in the
Piazza di M ontecitorio, where it was restored. In naval battle of Antium (Pliny, H N 34.20). It stood
1789 it was moved to the Cortile (Giardino) della west of the Curia Hostilia, because the accensus con-
Pigna in the Vatican, where it fared badly, exposed sulum announced the final hour of the day when
to the weather. After a second restoration concluded from the Curia he saw the sun pass the Columna
in 1846, it was installed in the large apse at the north Maenia moving toward the Career (Pliny, H N
end of the garden (Helbig4 1.480); more recently, it 7 .2 1 2 : a C olu m n a M aen ia a d C arcerem inclinato).
was moved to the Cortile delle Corazze in the Museo This indicates that the column was located near the
del Vaticano. northeast end of the Arch of Septimius Severus. The
The relief opposite the dedicatory inscription column was used in the time of Cicero for public
shows the imperial couple borne aloft on the wings posting of the names of delinquent debtors by their
of a genius figure, sometimes identified as Aion, and creditors (Cicero, Div. C aec. 5 0 , Sest. 18 and Schol.
flanked by eagles. At the lower corners are the god B o b . a d loc. [Stangl 128]).
dess Roma, who lifts her hand in salutation, and an A second explanation of the column was that
allegorical figure of the Campus Martius, a genius when Cato was purchasing land for the Basilica Por-
reclining on the ground and holding an obelisk. The cia (q.v.), Maenius, whose house Cato needed to


complete the parcel, stipulated that one column scription, if any trace of it survived, must have gone
should be salvaged from his house to provide a van at this time; there is no record of it. But in recent
tage point from which he and his descendants could years the fumes of the heavy automotive traffic in the
watch the games given in the forum, and that on this vicinity have eroded many parts of the high relief be
column he constructed a wooden platform. Such a yond recognition; it has in this respect suffered per
column would have had to be some distance from haps more than any other monument.
the house in question in order to provide a good The column is in many ways a close copy of that
spectators vantage point, and houses of such size as of Trajan. Shaft, torus base, and capital together
would include a column suitable for supporting such measure 100 Roman feet (2 9 .7 7 m). The base was
a platform would have been extremely rare at so originally considerably higher than that of the Col
early a date. Other improbabilities involved are also umn of Trajan, and the shaft tapers less, while the
apparent. We can therefore reject this tradition as an relief is much deeper, with extensive undercutting.
invention (cf. [Ascon.,] Div. C aec. 5 0 [Stangl 128]; The shaft is composed of twenty-six drums of Luna
Porphyrion a d Hor. Sat. 1.3.21). But it probably marble with a spiral stair of 2 0 0 steps carved out of
means that there was no inscription on the column the core. This is lit by fifty-six small rectangular win
and no statue crowning it from a relatively early dows. The specifications given in the regionary cata
date. Because the column was still standing in the logues are slightly inaccurate; there it is said to be
fourth century (Symmachus, Epist. 5 .5 4 .3 ), the story 175 Vi Roman feet high, with a stair of 203 steps.
was probably made up after the destruction of the The torus at the base is carved with a wreath of oak
Basilica Porcia and after its location was forgotten. leaves; the capital is essentially Doric, with the
Coarelli 1985, 3 8 53. echinus carved with an egg molding. The shaft is
wound with a spiral band of relief of twenty-one
Columna M arci Aurelii Antonini (Columna turns, on which are shown scenes from the two cam
Antoniniana) (Fig. 18): a large column, like that paigns of Marcus, separated by a figure of Victoria
of Trajan in his forum, raised by the senate and the inscribing a shield. M ost scenes are designed in two
Roman people to Marcus Aurelius in honor of his clearly distinct planes, one above the other, with
victories over the Marcomanni and Sarmadans in sometimes a third between. There is a strong feeling
a . d . 1 7 2 -1 7 5 (Aur. Viet., C aes. 16, Epit. 16). It stands of a drive forward to the composition, with occa
on the west side of Via Lata, aligned with it and iso sional pauses to emphasize the introduction of the
lated in a piazza, probably with a view to the con princeps. Incidental elements of landscape and set
struction of a temple to M . Aurelius similar to that ting are reduced to a minimum and often schematic
to Divus Traianus. An inscription dated a . d . 193 or treated symbolically. Violence and pathos are
found nearby (C IL 6 .1 5 8 5 = IL S 5920) speaks of a abundantly in evidence, and the drama of the war is
procurator of the column and a shelter for him. The emphasized, as it is not on the Column of Trajan.
column is variously called Columna Divorum Marci The base of the column is shown in numerous six
et Faustinae, Columna Divi M arci, Columna Cen- teenth-century drawings, which together probably
tenaria, and Columna Centenaria Divi M arci. In the give us fairly accurate views of it from all sides. The
regionary catalogues, listed in Regio IX , it is called earliest of these is by Enea Vico, ca. 1540, and shows
Columna Cochlis, probably in reference to the spiral the east face; others are by Francisco dHollanda,
band of relief on the exterior rather than to the spiral Dosio, and Etienne Du Perac. By Vicos time the base
stair in the interior. of the column had been buried up to the middle of
Through the ages it has received better care than the third course of the great travertine blocks form
most monuments of antiquity. In the tenth century it ing the core of the base, and the marble revetment
was given, together with the church of S. Andrea de had been stripped away, except for the band of re
Columna, which stood on its north side, to the Ben liefs facing the fourth course. These showed on the
edictines of S. Silvestro in Capite (HCh 18283). At principal face the ultimate submission of the barbar
an unknown date its upper half was displaced a little ians to Marcus Aurelius, and on each of the other
by an earthquake; the displacement is most apparent three faces garlands swung in deep loops from the
in the figure of Victoria inscribing a shield. In 1 5 8 9 shoulders of four draped Victorias, who hold up
1590, under Pope Sixtus V, extensive repairs were wreaths of victory in their outstretched hands.
carried out by Domenico Fontana. A statue of Saint Above this band are three more courses of rough
Paul was set atop the column, the ruined reliefs of travertine blocks and then a well-finished plinth
the base were chiseled away, and a new plain marble under the torus of the base of the column. It is easy
casing was added. The height of the base was consid to imagine that the base of the column was sur
erably reduced by raising the pavement, and the re rounded by steps on all sides, leading on the east
liefs of the shaft were restored. The dedicatory in front to the door of access, above which the dedica


tory inscription would have filled the space between tus annonae (?). Whether these are to be interpreted
the lintel and the zone of relief, but it is difficult to as other statues is not clear, but the probability
imagine that the revetment was plain, except for the seems strong.
inscription, as we must to explain why these slabs The gilded bull reported by Livy (4.16.2) to have
would have been robbed out and the relief left. Per been presented to Minucius extra Portam Trigemi-
haps the decoration was in such low relief as that of nam probably results from confusion of the column
the base of the Column of Trajan, and the plunderers with a sacrificial bull also presented to Minucius (see
saw that it could easily be chiseled away. Enea Vicos R. M . Oglivie, A C om m en tary on Livy, B o o k s I-V
drawing shows, lying in the foreground, a slab of [Oxford 1965], ad loc.). We know that a bronze bull
frieze decorated with a garland of leaves wound with in the Forum Boarium (q.v.) marked the beginning
ribbon and a block of deep cornice of which the most of the pomerium of Romulus (Tacitus, Ann. 12.24).
conspicuous feature is a line of deep dentils. Coins of This was an Aeginetan bronze, spoils of the conquest
Trajan (e.g., B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 3 pis. 38.3, of Greece (Pliny, H N 34.10) and therefore not in
3 9.4 and 5, 4 0 .2 , 41.6) show a column with a base stalled before the second century B .C . It may be that
in two storeys, the upper storey recessive above the Livy was unaware of the discrepancy and that the
lower and surmounted by freestanding eagles at the column and bronze bull stood close enough to each
corners, which carry garlands swung between them other that they might be thought to belong together
in their beaks. It seems highly likely that this was the (cf. Ovid, Fast. 6 .4 7 7 78), for it is most unlikely that
design of the base of the Column of Marcus, that there were two statues of bulls here. This will also
the cornice should be installed immediately above give a better beginning for the pomerium.
the zone of reliefs and a recessive storey rise plain
above this to be crowned by freestanding eagles, Columna Phocae (Figs. 40 , 4 1 ): a column erected
which might have been of either marble or bronze. in a . d . 608 by Smaragdus, exarch of Italy, to Phocas,
It is likely that the Temple of Divus Marcus (see emperor of the East (C IL 6 .1 2 0 0 = IL S 837,
Marcus, Divus, Templum) stood west of the column 31259a). It stands in the Forum Romanum between
and that a square framing both was bordered with the Rostra and the Lacus Curtius, on a high plinth
colonnades, at least in part, but remains of all these atop a pyramid of steps faced with white marble.
are entirely unknown. The column itself is of white marble and fluted, with
C. Caprino, A. M. Colini, G. Gatti, M . Pallottino, an Attic base and Corinthian capital of good work
and P. Romanelli, L a co lon n a di M arco A urelio manship, clearly robbed from an early imperial mon
(Rome 1955); G. Becatti, C olon n a di M arco A urelio ument. The statue that crowned it was gilded. There
(Milan 1957); Nash 1 .2 7 6 -7 9 ; CAR 2-G , 219 p. seems to be work of several periods here, Smaragdus
198. having made use of an old foundation and a still
older column. The steps of the pyramidal base on the
Columna M inucia: a column erected in honor of north and east sides were removed in 1903.
L. Minucius Augurinus, praefectus annonae in 439 Nash 1 .2 8 0 -8 1 ; GV 1 7 4 -7 7 .
B .C ., by decree of the people and paid for by popular
subscription (Pliny, H N 18.15, 34 .2 1 ). Pliny believed Columna R ostrata (M. Aemilii Paulli): a column
it might be the first such honor awarded by the ornamented with the beaks of captured ships of war
people; it seems also to have been the first statue erected on the Capitoline in honor of M. Aemilius
raised on a lofty column in Rome. It stood just out Paullus, cos. 255 B .C . It was completely destroyed by
side the Porta Trigemina (cf. Porta Minucia), near lightning in 172 B .C . (Livy 4 2 .2 0 .1 ).
the Statio Annonae (q.v.), and is shown on denarii
of the late second century B .C . (B. M. Coins, R om . Columna R ostrata (Augusti): a column erected in
Rep. 1.13536 nos. 9 5 2 -5 4 , 148 nos. 1 0 0 5 -6 ; the Forum Romanum in 36 B .C . to celebrate the vic
Crawford 242/1; 243/1). The interpretation of the tory of Octavian over Sextus Pompey (Appian,
coins is difficult. The column is composed of drums B ellC iv 5.1 3 0 ). The column was decorated along the
with convex exterior faces, possibly representing rus shaft with beaks and anchors and surmounted by a
tication. It stands on a rectangular plinth and has an gilded statue of Octavian, supposedly wearing the
Aeolic capital from which dangle bells. The statue dress he wore when he returned to Rome. The col
atop it is shown as diminutive, togate, with a long umn is shown on coins issued between 35 and 28
staff. At the base are two lions heads or forequart B.C . (B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1 Augustus nos. 6 3 3 -
ers, each surmounted by a large grain ear (?). The 36), where Octavians statue is nude, except for a
column is flanked by two togate figures, the one on cloak floating behind it, and holds a long spear in
the right an augur with a lituus, the other a praefec the right hand.


Columnae Rostratae Augusti et Agrippae: After bulum curiae (45.2 4 .1 2 ). A speakers platform in
the conquest of Egypt, Augustus is said to have had front of the curia was the traditional location of the
four columns cast from the bronze of the beaks of tribunal of the praetor urbanus (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 5 ;
captured warships, which were later removed by M acrobius, Sat. 3 .1 6 .1 5 ; cf. Livy 2 7 .5 0 .9 ), probably
Domitian to the Capitoline and to be seen there in at one extremity of the platform, while in time the
Serviuss day (Servius a d G eorg. 3.29). Evidently Ser- praetor in charge of the Quaestio de Repetundis
vius did not know about the earlier single column came to occupy the other. This platform was later
(see Columna Rostrata Augusti). Where the four col ornamented with the beaks of captured warships and
umns were originally erected is unknown, but it called Rostra (q.v.).
seems likely that it was in the precinct of Apollo Pal- The center of the Comitium became in time, cer
atinus, because the passage in Vergil where such col tainly by the beginning of the third century B .C ., a
umns are mentioned clearly takes that temple as its circular amphitheater of steps rising on all sides, on
model. which the citizens stood in their assemblies, while in
front of the curia these steps formed a stair of ap
Columna R ostrata C. Duilii (1): a column erected proach to the speakers platform and senate house.
by C. Duilius in celebration of his naval victory over This cavea must have been interrupted by throats of
the Carthaginians in 260 B .C ., which stood ante cir- entry leading in from the Forum and the Clivus Ar-
cum a parte ianuarum (Servius a d G eorg. 3.29). The gentarius, and perhaps from the Argiletum. For var
ianuae of the Circus Maximus are also mentioned in ious monuments set up in the Comitium in early
Chron. 147, where they are said to have been en times, see Ficus Navia, Puteal in Comitio, Statua
larged by Caracalla. Probably the exterior of the car- Atti Navii, Statua Hermodori, and Statua Horatii
ceres with the axial ceremonial entrance is meant, Coclitis.
although only the latter ought properly to qualify as Until the second century B .C ., the Comitium was
a ianua. the place where the Romans regularly assembled by
tribes to pass laws. C. Licinius Crassus, as tribunus
Columna R ostrata C. Duilii (2): a second column plebis in 145 B .C ., was the first to lead the people
erected by Duilius on the Rostra to celebrate the from the Comitium to the Forum for the hearing of
same victory as (1), later moved to the Forum Ro- laws (Varro, Rust. 1 .2.9; Cicero, A m ic. 25 .9 6 ). Plu
manum (Servius a d G eorg. 3 .2 9 ; Pliny, H N 3 4 .2 0 ; tarch (C. G racch. 5) must be wrong in ascribing this
Quintilian 1.7.12). The long archaic dedicatory in change to Gaius Gracchus.
scription seems to have been restored repeatedly, per Stratigraphic excavations in the Comitium by G.
haps last under Claudius; part of it was discovered Boni at the turn of the century revealed twenty-seven
in 1565 (C/L 6 .1 3 0 0 = 31591 =/LS 6 5 ; A. E. G or strata in a depth of 3.5 m, some of the strata barely
don, Illustrated In trodu ction to L atin E pigraphy 1 cm thick. In the middle of the century E. Gjerstad
[Berkeley 1983], 1 2 4 27 no. 48) and is preserved in made a new stratigraphic exploration of the area and
the Museo Nuovo Capitolino. discovered the same twenty-seven strata. The dating
Nash 1.282. and significance of these is much disputed, as is their
association with various scanty remains of construc
Columna Traiani: see Forum Traiani. tion in the area of the Rostra Vetera southeast of
the Niger Lapis (q.v.). M ost of the reconstructions
Comitium: the earliest place of public assembly of suggested for the successive phases of the Rostra
the Romans and throughout history the meeting Vetera are unacceptable as architecture; only the
place of the Comitia Curiata, an inaugurated tem- last phase at 11.80 meters above sea level, a segment
plum in front of the Curia Hostilia, between this and of the stepped cavea of the Comitium, can be ac
the Forum Romanum. In shape it was a broad rec cepted as a viable building. At various points in the
tangle, slightly longer than wide, oriented to the car Comitium are twenty-one shallow pits lined with
dinal points of the compass. It was essentially open, tufa slabs set vertically and covered with stone
though awnings were sometimes employed to pro plates. M ost of these seem to have been deliberately
tect those assembled there from the sun (Livy filled with debris toward the end of the republic, and
2 7 .3 6 .8 ; Pliny, H N 19.23). Troops could march into their abandonment is probably to be associated with
it (Livy 5 .5 5 .1 ), and prodigies, such as a rain of the rehandling of parts of the complex by Sulla,
blood, could be observed in it (Livy 3 4 .4 5 .6 ). It was Faustus Sulla, Julius Caesar, and Augustus in close
throughout republican history closely connected succession. Some of the pits were probably con
with the Curia Hostilia, which stood on axis with it nected with the rigging of awnings, others with mon
at the middle of its north side. Livy calls it the vesti- uments set up here. The irregular shape of some of


them is puzzling, but they are not likely to have had 1 932, the compital shrine with an inscribed archi
a religious function. trave and a consular date of 5 B .C . came to light. This
By the time Julius Caesar paved this area, and per consisted of a low platform approached by a flight
haps from the time Faustus Sulla rebuilt the Curia of four steps, together with fragments of unfluted
Hostilia (q.v.), the Comitium had lost most of its im columns and a very richly carved entablature with a
portance, and the cavea of steps was destroyed, modillion cornice. The decorative detail is finely
though it had been kept in repair and rebuilt when carved, and the lettering of the inscription is elegant.
necessary, at least in front of the Rostra, until some The explanation of the name is elusive.
time after August 5 9 B .C . (cf. Gradus Aurelii; Cicero, Nash 1 .2 9 0 -9 1 ; C EFR 98 (1987): 8 7 -1 0 9 (M.
Flacc. 66). Caesars (?) clearing of the area and pav Dondin-Payre).
ing of it with flags of Luna marble at 13.50 meters
above sea level marks a new departure. Numerous Compitum Aliarium: a street crossing known
old monuments had been assembled under the Niger from four inscriptions (CJL 6 .4 4 7 6 , 9971, 3 3 1 5 7 ;
Lapis (q.v.) and floored over with special stone. The IL S 7 5 6 9 , 7 8 0 9 ; B u llC om 41 [1913]: 81 [G. Gam])
area was then fenced off to prevent the unwary from and presumably a point of some importance, but
walking over it. If the Comitium now had definition, otherwise unknown. The name seems to derive from
it was only by its marble pavement and perhaps a alium (garlic), and a place in the Subura in the vicin
light fence that could be run up, and it seems to have ity of the Macellum (q.v.) may therefore be not un
been much reduced in size, because its public assem likely. The inscriptions indicate that it was a center
blies had now almost entirely been moved to the for clothiers.
Saepta Iulia (q.v.). However, its existence continued
to be recognized, especially in the formal phrase in Compitum Fabricium: probably the intersection
curia in C om itio, at least until the time of Hadrian. of the Vicus Fabrici of Regio I (C/L 6.975 = ILS
In the fourth century a new pavement of roughly 6073) and another street where there was also a la-
laid travertine flags was installed about 20 cm above cus. It was next to the Curiae Novae (Festus 180L),
the marble pavement, the last repair of antiquity. therefore presumably on the Caelian. Lugli and Gis-
The Comitium was now in effect a small entrance mondi suggests the vicus was the street along the
court in front of the curia. In this were erected a main front of the Temple of Divus Claudius, which
number of monuments, notably a very large circular would allow identification of the compitum as the
fountain with an octagonal foot in front of the door important juncture of streets at the northwest corner
of the curia of Diocletian and a square monument on of the temple precinct (Figs. 3, 16), but the Curiae
a base faced with blocks of marble with a fence Novae were probably not so far from the Curiae Ve-
around it that has been taken as for a bronze quad teres. It is reported to have got its name from a house
riga, but is more likely for the Ianus Geminus (q.v.) given to a Fabricius o b captivos recu peratos d e hos-
of the late imperial period. tibus (C G L 4 .6 2 - 6 3 [Placidus]). This would pre
NSc 1900, 2 9 5 3 4 0 (G. Boni); A rch aeolog y 10 sumably have been C. Fabricius, the ambassador sent
(1957): 4 9 55 (L. Richardson); A ctaln stS u eciae 17, to Pyrrhus in 278 B .C . (Cicero, Brut. 55).
pt. 3 (1960): 2 1 7 -5 9 (E. Gjerstad); Nash 1 :2 8 7 -8 9 ;
R om M itt 80 (1973): 2 1 9 -3 3 (L. Richardson), 85 Concordia, Aedes (1): a temple to Concordia
(1978): 3 5 9 - 6 9 (L. Richardson), 83 (1976): 3 1 -6 9 vowed by L. Manlius when praetor in Gaul in 218
(C. Krause); Coarelli 1983, 1 1 9 -6 0 ; Coarelli 1985, B .C . (Livy 22 .3 3 .7 ) and begun in 2 1 7 by the duovirs
11123, especially 1 1 -2 7 . C. Pupius and K. Quinctius Flamininus. It was in
arce and dedicated the following year by the duovirs
Compitum: see Forum , Area, Compitum. M . and C. Atilius (Livy 2 3 .2 1 .7 ). The day of dedi
cation was 5 February (Degrassi 4 0 6 7). If our
Compitum Acili (Fig. 9 0 ): a street crossing with a sources are correct, this must have been somewhere
compital shrine on the northern spur of the Velia, the on the crest of the Capitoline Hill, presumably on the
juncture at an oblique angle of a street leading up northeastern height. It is located in arce in the Fasti
from the Vicus Cuprius and a street leading up to the Praenestini and in C apit(olio) in the Fasti Antiates
Carinae following the course of the modern Via della Maiores.
Polveriera. It is mentioned as having the Tigillum So-
rorium (q.v.) in its near vicinity (Degrassi 515 [Oct. C oncordia, Aedes (2) (also Templum) (Fig. 19):
1]) and as the site of a taberna purchased at public the temple at the foot of the northeastern lobe of the
expense in 2 2 9 B .C . for Archagathus, the first Greek Capitoline Hill overlooking the Forum Romanum at
physician to establish himself in Rome (Pliny, H N the end of the Sacra Via. It was traditionally vowed
29.12). In the cutting of the Via dei Fori Imperiali in by Camillus in 3 6 7 B .C . during the troubles con


nected with the passage of the Licinian laws (Plu 49 4 ). The modillion cornice of the exterior, of which
tarch, C am . 42.3). Camillus was released from his a large fragment is preserved in the open gallery of
vow on the following day when the people, having the Tabularium, is widely regarded as the finest ar
obtained their goal, voted to build the temple for him chitectural fragment surviving from the Augustan
(Plutarch, C am . 4 2 .4 ; Ovid, Fast. 1 .6 4 1 -4 4 ). But period, a model of classical decorative motifs com
this temple seems never to have been built, though bined with harmony and restraint. Of the decoration
Plutarch specifies that the place for it, where the of the temple, only the threshold of the cella in two
present temple stands, was designated. This was the blocks of Porta Santa marble and some bits of the
Area Concordiae (Livy 3 9 .5 6 .6 , 4 0 .1 9 .2 ; Obsequens pavement survive on the site. The exterior of the
4), between the Volcanal and the base of the Capi- temple was covered entirely with marble, and it car
toline, and beside the Gradus ad Monetam (Ovid, ried an extraordinarily elaborate program of statu
Fast. 1.63738). The first monument here seems to ary on the roof, though the pediment was evidently
have been the Aedicula Concordiae (see Concordia, left blank. This is shown on coins of Tiberius (B . M.
Aedicula) of Cn. Flavius, built in 3 0 4 , which was re Coins, R om . E m p. 1.137, 139 nos. 116, 13234).
placed by the temple of Opimius of 121. The statues on the roof are identified as the Capito-
In 121 B .C ., following the death of C. Gracchus, line triad in the center, flanked by Ceres and Diana,
the senate ordered the construction of this temple by with Victorias at the corners of the pronaos and cella
L. Opimius (Appian, B ellC iv 1 .3 .2 6 ; Plutarch, C. roofs. The stair of approach is flanked by statues of
G raccb. 17.6). The day of dedication was probably Hercules and Mercury.
22 July (Degrassi 486). Thereafter, the temple was Tiberius enriched his temple with works of art,
very frequently used for meetings of the senate, es and it seems to have become a museum. He obtained
pecially when there was a question of civic discord a statue of Vesta from Paros (Cass. Dio 5 5 .9 .6 ), and
or disturbance to be discussed (cf., e.g., Cicero, Cat. Pliny mentions an Apollo and a Juno by Baton (HN
3 .2 1, Sest. 26, D om . 11, Phil. 2 .1 9 ; Cass. Dio 3 4 .7 3 ), a Latona with her twin children by Euphra-
5 8 .1 1 .4 ). It was also used occasionally as a meeting nor (34.77), an Aesculapius and a Hygeia by Nicer-
place by the Arval Brethren (Henzen, p. iv). See also atus (34.80), a M ars and a Mercury by Piston
Basilica Opimia. (34.89), and a Ceres, a Jupiter, and a Minerva by
In 7 B .C ., as part of his triumph, Tiberius under Sthennis (34.90). There were also paintings: a bound
took to restore the temple, using the spoils of his Marsyas by Zeuxis (35.66), a Liber Pater by Nicias
German campaigns for the purpose (Cass. Dio (35.131), and a Cassandra by Theodorus (35.144).
55 .8.2). This rebuilding was carried out on a lavish There were also four elephants of obsidian, a gift of
scale, and the finished temple was dedicated in the Augustus (36.196), and a sardonyx that had be
names of Tiberius and his dead brother Drusus on longed to Polycrates of Samos and was a gift of Livia
16 January (Ovid, Fast. 1 .6 3 7 -3 8 ; Degrassi 3 9 8 (37.4). Dedicatory inscriptions were found in the
400) a . d . 10 (Cass. Dio 56.2 5 .1 ) or a . d . 12 (Sueton rums (C IL 6 .9 0 -9 4 , 3 0 8 5 6 -5 7 ; ITS 153, 3 7 8 2 -8 3 ),
ius, Tib. 20). The latter is more likely to be correct. and others mention an aedituus of the temple (C IL
Tiberiuss temple was of unusual plan, thanks to 6 .2 2 0 4 -5 , 8 7 0 3 ; IL S 49 9 8 ).
the restrictions imposed on it by the site. The cella The temple is shown on coins of Orbiana, the wife
has a transverse axis, being 45 m wide and 24 m of Alexander Severus (B . M. Coins, R om . Em p.
deep, while the hexastyle pronaos is only 34 m wide 6 .1 4 4 no. 30 7 ), and an inscription preserved only in
and 14 m deep. The back wall comes tight against the Einsiedeln sylloge (C IL 6 .8 9 = IL S 3781) records
the base of the Tabularium. The approach was by a a restoration after it had become dilapidated. It was
wide stair running the full width of the pronaos. E x still standing in the fourth century and was listed in
ploration in the interior of the podium indicates that the regionary catalogues in Regio VIII, but seems to
Opimiuss temple was of similar size and propor have collapsed in the time of Pope Hadrian I (a . d .
tions. In the cella a row of white marble columns 7 7 2 -9 5 , LPD 1.512, 522).
raised on a continuous plinth projecting from the M AAR 5 (1925): 5 3 - 7 7 (H. F. Rebert and H.
wall divided the walls into eleven bays, each contain M arceau); C Q 3 6 (1942): 1 1 1 -2 0 (A. Momigliano);
ing a niche. The axial niche on the northwest wall R endP ontA cc 34 (196162): 9 3 -1 1 0 (M. Guar-
must have been for the cult figure of Concordia, ducci); Nash 1 .2 9 2 -9 4 ; PP 33 (1978): 2 6 0 -7 2 (L.
shown as enthroned, carrying a patera and a cornu Richardson).
copia. The Corinthian columns of the interior order
are of great elegance; pairs of leaping rams replace C o n co rd ia , A edes (3): a temple built by Livia to
the corner volutes. Pilasters of the same design re Concordia, according to Ovid (Fast. 6 .6 3 7 -3 8 ),
sponded to them along the walls (E. von Mercklin, where a description of the Porticus Liviae (q.v.) im
A n tike F igu ralkapitelle [Berlin 1962], 2 0 1 - 4 no. mediately follows (6 3 9 -4 8 ). Evidently the porticus


and aedes were substantially identical. The Aedifi- ground (Dion. Hal. 2 .3 1 .2 3 ; Tertullian, D e S p ed .
cium Eumachiae at Pompeii, dedicated to Concordia 5.8). It was exposed on 7 July and 21 August (Ter
Augusta and Pietas, seems to have been built in imi tullian, D e S p e d . 5 .8 ; Degrassi 4 8 1 , 4 9 9 -5 0 0 ), at
tation of this. which times burnt sacrifice was offered on it, in July
PP 33 (1978): 2 6 0 72 (L. Richardson); H istoria by the sacerdotes publici and in August by the Fla-
33 (1984): 3 0 9 - 3 0 (M. B. Flory). men Quirinalis, attended by the Vestal Virgins. It
must also have been exposed for the Consualia on
Concordia, Aedicula: a bronze shrine of Concor 15 December (Degrassi 53 8 ), but about the ceremo
dia set up by the curule aedile Cn. Flavius in 3 0 4 B.C . nies in connection with this last festival we have no
in G raecostasi (Pliny, H N 33.19) and in A rea Volcani information. It is unlikely to have been exposed on 1
(Livy 9.4 6 .6 ), therefore approximately where the January, as Mancini has proposed (Degrassi 388).
later Temple of Concordia stood. If it was not incor Dionysius (2.31.2) thought Consus the Roman
porated into the temple when it was built, it must equivalent of Poseidon Seischthon, the earth-
have been destroyed. Pliny tells us that Flavius shaker ; Servius (ad Aen. 8.636) thought him Nep-
vowed the temple if he should reconcile the orders of tunus Equestris. There is now a widespread belief
the people after he had alienated the nobility by pub that Consus was a primitive god of agriculture.
lishing the calendar of days for legal proceedings. Be Whereas in antiquity it was common to connect his
cause public money for a temple was not granted name with consilium , in modern times it is fashion
him, he built the shrine from the fines of usurers, and able to connect it with con d ere and to associate him
Cornelius (Scipio) Barbatus, pontifex maximus, was with the harvest. And other divinities of agriculture
then forced by agreement of the people to dictate the are known to have been worshiped in the Circus
proper formula of dedication, although he main Maximus (Sessia, Messia, Tutilina [see Tutilinae,
tained that only a consul or a general could dedicate Ara, Columna]). But his festivals do not occur at, or
a temple. even near, dates of real significance in the harvests of
Italy and the agricultural year. W hat we know about
Concordia Augusta, Ara: A travertine altar, re him suggests that he was originally, like Terminus, a
stored as inscribed to Concordia Augusta and stand god of boundaries and associated with the under
ing in front of a travertine statue base, was discov world. His altar was at the primae metae of the cir
ered in Piazza Bocca della Verita at the juncture of cus and was one of the turning points of the pomer-
Via Teatro di M arcello at a depth of a little over 2 m ium of the city of Romulus (Tacitus, Ann. 12.24),
below present ground level and has been reset in and the omphalos form of the metae, the ova of the
roughly the correct location across from the rectan circus, and the interpretation of the omphalos at Del
gular temple called Fortuna Virilis. This seems to be phi as at once the tomb and the egg of the Pytho
remains of a compital sacellum. in addition to the common use of that form for
RendP ontA cc 43 (1 9 7 0 -7 1 ): 5 5 -7 0 (A. M. Col- boundary stones strengthen the case. Terminus had
ini). to receive sacrifice under the open sky, and an open
ing had to be left in the roof of the Capitoline temple
Concordia N ova: a temple decreed by the senate on this account. Might it be that Consus was a sort
in 44 B .C . in honor of Julius Caesar on the eve of his of antithesis of Terminus and, like the Mundus (see
assassination (Cass. Dio 44 .4 .5 ). There is no evi Mundus [2]), had to be covered and concealed, ex
dence that this was ever even begun. cept on special occasions, a guardian spirit of the
S. Weinstock, Divus Ju liu s (Oxford 1971), 2 6 0 - pomerium in the earth?
Coriaria Septimiana: listed in the regionary cata
Consentes Dei (Porticus): see Porticus Deorum logues in Regio XIV. Tanneries were regularly rele
Consentium. gated to the outskirts of cities because of the stench
they produced, and they required water in plentiful
Consus, A ra: an altar of a god, considered the supply (cf. Juvenal 1 4 .2 0 0 -2 0 4 ). So one might ex
equivalent of Poseidon Hippios, of great antiquity in pect to find them both up and down river on the out
Rome. It was in his honor that games including horse skirts of the Transtiberim. From the evidence of C IL
and chariot races were first held in the Vallis Murcia, 6.1 6 8 2 = IL S 1220, one may presume that Septimius
where the Circus Maximus came to be. This became Severus and Caracalla undertook to build extensive
the occasion of the rape of the Sabine women (Livy tanning works under official control and supervision,
1 .9 .6 -1 6 ; Plutarch, R om . 1 4 .2 -7 ). His altar stood at and, from the name Septimianum given to the stretch
the p rim a e m eta e of the circus, at the southeast of the right bank of the Tiber from the Aurelian
(sphendone) end of the spina, and was kept under Walls to Porta S. Spirito in the Middle Ages, one


might suggest that these were located somewhere viving in Via S. Maria de'Calderari, is now nameless.
here. However, inscriptions (C IL 6 .1 1 1 7 -1 8 ) found If Peruzzis plan of the whole edifice (Wurm 2: pi.
near the church of S. Crisogono that mention a c o r 4 7 7 ; cf. Nash 1 .2 9 8 -9 9 ) is anywhere near correct,
pus coriarioru m m agnarioru m suggest that they this was a double arcade, five bays by thirteen,
might have lain farther downstream, and in 1899 around a core of baroque planning with semicircular
a small tannery was found in excavations under niches ending alternate bays and a series of five
the church of S. Cecilia in Trastevere (Nash 1.295 round chambers down the middle. The storey above
96). this had blind arcades, double the number of those
in the lower storey, lit by square and rectangular
C o rn e ta : The location given by Varro (Ling. 5.146) windows. There is no indication of what purpose the
for the Forum Cuppedinis is a d C orneta. Paulus building served. The architecture suggests a Severan
(Paulus ex Fest. 42L) has it that Forum Cuppedinis date or later (Nash 1 .2 9 7 -3 0 0 ).
was another name for the Macellum (q.v.), which D. Manacorda, A rch eolog ia u rban a a R om a: II
also seems to be the sense of Donatuss note on Ter p rog etto della C rypta B a lb i (Florence 1982); R om a,
ence, Eun. 256, although it may be that the Forum a rch eo log ia n el cen tra (1985), 2 .5 4 6 53 (D. M ana
Cuppedinis was only part of the larger complex. A corda), 5 5 4 - 5 6 (S. Tortorella), 5 5 7 -6 4 (A. Ga-
gloss (Lindsay, G loss. L at. 4 .5 6 [pseudo-Placidus]) bucci); C EFR 98 (1987): 5 9 7 -6 1 0 (D. Manacorda).
has been corrected to read: corn eta, locus qu em nunc
ex parte m agna Tem plum Pacts (cf. HJ In .2). The Curia: see Aedes, Aedicula, etc.
remains of the Corneta is therefore probably to be
identified as the short street between the Basilica Curia Acculeia: mentioned only by Varro (Ling.
Paulli and the Temple of Divus Antoninus et Faus 6.23) as the place where on the Angeronalia a sacri
tina (Fig. 48). fice to Angerona was offered. Macrobius (Sat.
1.10.7) says that on the feast of Angerona, 21 De
Corniscae, Divae: a place, perhaps a grove, on the cember, the pontifices performed a rite in the sacel-
right bank of the Tiber, consecrated to the crows be lum of Volupia, because an image of Angerona with
lieved to be under the protection of Juno (Paulus her mouth bound and sealed stood on the altar of
ex Fest. 56L). A travertine boundary cippus of the Volupia. In the fasti (Praen., Maff.) this day is la
republican period from the temenos (C IL 6.96 beled Divalia (Degrassi 5 4 1 42). Pliny (H N 3.65)
and 30691 =/LS 2 9 8 6 = IL L R P 6 9 ; cf. also C IL explains the bound mouth as exemplifying the si
6 .3 0 858 = /LS 2987) was found between the foot of lence to be maintained with respect to the sacred
the Janiculum and the church of S. Francesco a Ripa. name of Rome, and that may also be the intention of
Nothing more is known about this cult, and Paulus Verrius Flaccus in a much-mutilated note in the Fasti
speaks of it in the past tense. Praenestini (Degrassi 139). Because 21 December is
the winter solstice, one would expect the celebra
C ry p ta Balbi (Fig. 80): mentioned only in the re- tions on that day to focus on the new year.
gionary catalogues in Regio IX , but always pre Macrobius (Sat. 1.10.7) says Verrius Flaccus de
sumed to have been an adjunct of the Theatrum rived the name of Angerona from her dispelling an-
Balbi (q.v.) and built at the same time. With the re g ores a c sollicitu din es an im oru m . He adds that Ma-
cent relocation of the theater in the area previously surius explains her presence on the altar of Volupia:
thought to have been the Circus Flaminius, the q u o d qu i su os d o lo res an x ietatesqu e dissim ulant per-
crypta are now thought to occupy the area east of veniant patien tiae b en eficio a d m ax im am volupta-
the theater. On the evidence of modern investiga tem. Such explanations can be dismissed as fanciful,
tions and some fragments of the Marble Plan (see as can another from angina (Paulus ex Fest. 16L).
Rodriguez pi. 22), this is now believed to have been The Curia Acculeia was probably simply an un
a three-sided theater portico directly attached to the roofed enclosure, like the Curia Calabra, possibly an
theater, with windowed bays giving to an interior augural station for observation of celestial signs at
garden or court and a semicircular exedral niche tendant on the solstice.
opening on axis out of its east side. This niche had Varro suggests a connection between the Curia
an interior line of columns that was presumably a Acculeia and Acca Larentia, whose feast came on 23
small semicircular colonnade around a separate gar December, two days after the Divalia, and whose
den, but its purpose is not clear. The treatment of the tomb was in the Velabrum near the Porta Romana
rectangular court is also obscure. (Varro, Ling. 6.24). If the Sacellum Volupiae and the
An important building long thought to be the Curia Acculeia were not identical, the three places
Crypta Balbi, known from several Renaissance must have been contiguous, or nearly so, clustered
drawings and from the remains of one bay still sur together at the foot of the Palatine, a bit to the east


of S. Giorgio in Velabro. None needs to have been tifex minor, the people were summoned in com itia
very large. calata and announcement was made of when the
It appears that Divalia and Curia Acculeia were Nones and Ides of the month would fall and of the
names devised to conceal the name of Angerona, if holidays and celebrations proper to that month.
indeed that was her true name. If her bound mouth Varro (Ling. 6.27) and Macrobius (Sat. 1 .1 5 .1 0 19)
had to do with the secret name of Rome and the lo believed that the name Calabra was derived from ca-
cation of her shrine just outside the Porta Romana is lare, to summon. The etymology is probably cor
significant, we may see her as a protectress of the rect, but the sense of the word is rather proclaim
gate. than call together. Jordan (1.497) thought the
(For a very different view that would put the Curia curia should be on the east side of the Area Capito
Acculeia in the vicinity of the Lacus Iuturnae, see lina, but the new moon is first observed in the west
Coarelli 1983, 2 2 7 -8 2 .) as it sets, and the view of it would have to be un
impeded. A place beside the southwest flank of the
Curia Athletarum: collegial headquarters of the Capitoline temple might best suit the requirements.
organized athletes of Rome who styled themselves
Herculanei, at a place granted them by Antoninus Curia H ostilia: the original senate house of Rome
Pius in a . d . 143 (IG 1 4.1055). Numerous dedicatory standing on the north side of the Comitium on axis
inscriptions in Greek (IG 1 4 .1 0 5 4 -5 5 , 1 1 0 2 -1 0 with it, so the steps of the Comitium formed a stair
= IG U R 2 3 5 - 4 5 , 251) found between S. Pietro in of access to the curia and the Comitium was a fore
Vincoli and S. M artino ai M onti attest to its presence court, or vestibulum, to it (Livy 4 5 .2 4 .1 2 ). The con
somewhere here in close proximity to the Thermae struction was assigned to Tullus Hostilius (Varro,
Traiani and its continued existence until the fourth Ling. 5 .1 5 5 ), and it was regarded as very venerable,
century. In the one Latin inscription mentioning it though it must have been rebuilt after the fire of the
(C IL 6 .1 0 1 5 4 = IL S 51 6 4 ), it is called Acletarum Gauls, if not more frequently. Throughout history it
Curia; the inscription has numerous other touches was, like the Comitium, an inaugurated templum
that show it is the work of someone whose Latin was (Varro ap. A. G ellium 14.7.7).
very imperfect. The curia cannot be identified with On the exterior of its west wall was displayed the
any existing remains. Because the inscriptions men Tabula Valeria (q.v.), a painting showing the victory
tion such sports as boxing and the pancratium, these of M . Valerius Messalla over Hiero and the Cartha
athletes must have been those who performed in the ginians in 263 B .C . (Pliny, H N 3 5 .2 2 ); according to
public games, especially in the amphitheater and cir Pliny this was the first such picture in Rome. This
cus. Their entitlement to a curia raises imponderable was later incorporated in the Basilica Porcia, in
questions; one might have expected rather an atrium which the builders either used this wall as a party
or a basilica. wall in its construction or transferred the picture
from its original location, where the new building
C u ria C a la b ra : Servius (ad Aen. 8.654) equates would have hidden it, to a new parallel wall. The
this with the Casa Romuli in Capitolio (q.v.). Ma- latter is more likely right (cf. Basilica Porcia), but cf.
crobius (Sat. 1.15.10) says it was next to the Casa Asconius in M ilon. 29 (Stangl 32): P orcia B asilica
Romuli. Because Macrobius says that on the Kalends q u a e erat ei (sc. curiae) iuncta am bu sta est.
the pontifex minor performed a res divina to Juno in Sulla restored and enlarged the curia in 80 B .C ., at
the Curia Calabra (Sat. 1.15.19) and that the people which time the statues of Pythagoras and Alcibiades
attending were summoned only iuxta C uriam Cala- that had stood at the corners (cornua) of the Comi
bram (Sat. 1.1 5 .1 0 ), we should think of it probably tium were removed (Pliny, H N 34.26). In 52 B .C . the
as an enclosure or precinct in front of an augural hut mob of his henchmen and supporters built Clodiuss
in A rea C apitolin a, like that of the Auguraculum pyre of the furniture of the curia, and in the confla
(which Vitruvius [2.1.5] says was similar), that was gration it and the Basilica Porcia burned (Cicero,
then given the name Casa Romuli because of its sim M ilon. 9 0 ; Asconius in M ilon. 29 [Stangl 3 2]; Cass.
ilarity to the Casa Romuli on the Palatine and be Dio 4 0 .4 9 .2 3). It was then rebuilt by Sullas son
cause Romulus was believed to have built it. Festus Faustus and again enlarged (Cicero, Fin. 5.2). For
(18082L) supports the idea that its use was purely reasons that are not entirely clear, the new curia met
religious, so an elaborate structure would have been with little favor, and in 4 4 B .C . it was decided to re
superfluous. build it (Cass. Dio 4 4 .5 .2 ). D ios explanation that
It seems to have been originally a station, or tem- the senate wished to erase the name of Sulla from the
plum, occupied by the pontifex minor for observa curia seems improbable. The other explanation put
tion of the new moon. On the Kalends of the month, forward, that a temple of Felicitas (see Felicitas [2])
after a sacrifice by the Rex Sacrificulus and the pon was to be built on the site of the old curia, which


Lepidus eventually built, is almost equally perplex It is a large plain hall of brick-faced concrete, a
ing, all trace of any such temple having completely broad rectangle 2 5 .2 0 m deep and 17.61 m wide
disappeared, as well as all notice apart from D ios with a very lofty roof, which necessitated the addi
casual remark. The rebuilding of the curia was even tion of a great rectangular buttress at each corner. It
tually carried out by Augustus, the Curia Iulia. was approached by a stair that ran across most of
The indications are that the Comitium was ori the faade, returning to the faade at the ends. The
ented to the cardinal points of the compass; the line lower part of the faade was veneered with plates of
of the faade of the Career seems to confirm this. marble, and the parts above were finished with
Until the First Punic War, at midday the accensus stucco. There is a single axial door, above which are
consults, standing in the curia, looked south between three large rectangular windows with slightly bowed
a rostra and a graecostasis and announced noon lintels. The low pediment is framed by travertine
when he saw the sun there (Pliny, H N 7.212). What consoles supporting a brick cornice. There is a single
the landmarks were and where they lay are matters window high in each side wall of the building and
of some dispute; at so early a period they might have another in back, where there are also doors to either
been quite different from their later equivalents. side leading to the main hall, the precise function of
which is unknown.
C u ria Iu lia : the curia begun by Julius Caesar in 44 The interior has been restored according to the
B .C . to replace the Curia Hostilia as rebuilt by Faus evidence found in the dismantling of the church of S.
tus Sulla (Cass. Dio 4 4 .5 .2 , 4 5 .1 7 .8 ) and completed Adriano, into which it had been converted. To either
by Augustus in 29 (R G 19; Cass. Dio 5 1 .2 2 .1 ). As side are three broad low steps to accommodate the
completed, it was preceded by a Chalcidicum; this is curule chairs of the more important senators, the top
shown on coins (B . M. C oins, R om . R ep. 2 .1 6 nos. one broader than the others for those who stood. At
4 3 5 8 -5 9 ; B. M. C oins, R om . E m p. 1.103 nos. 631 the far end, between the doors mentioned above, is a
32) as a porch with wide-spaced Ionic columns low dais of two steps for the presiding magistrate.
raised on a high podium. It extends beyond the fa The central floor is paved with panels of opus sectile,
ade of the curia to either side, and, because there is in which porphyry and serpentine figure large. Along
no stair in front, it must be presumed that stairs or each side wall is a marble wainscoting finished with
ramps led up to it from behind. A very light archi a molding, above which are three widely spaced
trave joins the columns, and if there was a roof, it niches, the center one with an arched head, the oth
does not appear. On the coins the gable of the roof ers flat-headed. These seem to have had rich architec
of the curia is shown surmounted by large acroteria; tural frames. Nothing remains of the decoration of
a Victoria is mounted on a globe at the peak, and the upper walls.
warrior figures are at the corners. In the pediment is The curia was converted to use as the church of S.
a single figure of uncertain character. In the interior Adriano under Pope Honorius I ( a . d . 625638). The
of the curia Augustus put a statue of Victoria from bronze doors were removed in the seventeenth cen
Tarentum (Cass. Dio 51.2 2 .1 ) and two paintings, an tury by Borromini, restored and relocated to serve
encaustic Nemea by Nicias and a double portrait by the baptistery of S. Giovanni in Laterano. At that
Philocares (Pliny, H N 3 5 .2 7 -2 8 ). time several coins were found between the plates, in
This curia was in C om itio (Pliny, H N 35.27) and cluding one of Domitian. In 1 9 3 5 -1 9 3 8 the church
probably had the same orientation as the curia of was deconsecrated, and the curia was restored to its
Diocletian, aligned with the tabernae of the Forum ancient form. It is now used for the mounting of ar
Iulium, but it may have stood somewhat to the chaeological exhibitions of a temporary nature.
northwest of Diocletians to allow a place for the To the northwest of the curia other buildings were
Chalcidicums lateral colonnade and the Ianus Gem- added between the time of Augustus and the rebuild
inus (but see Morselli and Tortorici, 2 2 27). Domi- ing of Diocletian. The plan of these is shown in a
tian rebuilt the curia, evidently in connection with drawing by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane (Lugli
his work on the Forum Transitorium (Hieron. a. Abr. 1946, 133 fig. 27). These buildings seem not to have
2106). Because at that time he built a new Ianus been in close sequence with the curia, but aligned
Quadrifrons (see Ianus Quadrifrons [2]), it is prob with it. They are commonly identified as the Secre-
able that he destroyed the Ianus Geminus and relo tarium Senatus and Atrium Minervae and ascribed
cated the curia in its present position. At the same to Domitian. Nash proved this identification mis
time he must have eliminated or redesigned the Chal taken. That to the northwest, of which remains were
cidicum. The curia burned down in the fire of Cari- built into the northeast and southeast walls of the
nus of a . d . 283, and Diocletian restored it (Chron. church of SS. Luca e M artina, is in all probability the
148). It is Diocletians building that we see today Athenaeum of Hadrian (Aur. Viet., Caes. 14.3),
(Fig. 39). known also as the Atrium Minervae, an auditorium


for rhetorical and poetical performances. Sangallos places for meetings, except of a small informal sort.
drawing shows that next to it was a long narrow hall In these circumstances it seems best to reserve judg
with a row of pillars down the middle, the walls bro ment; the curia may, of course, have been for some
ken into a series of rectangular bays, which might special purpose; it does not have to have been for
well have held cupboards in which to keep books. meetings of the senate.
This then would be the library known to have been
attached to the Athenaeum (Sid. Apoll., Epist. Curia in Palatio: mentioned only once by Tacitus
2.9.4). The area between this and the curia was (Ann. 2.3 7 .3 ) for the year a . d . 16. The word curia is
probably an open court. almost certainly used casually, and the Bibliotheca
A. Bartoli, C uria senatus (Rome 1963); Nash Apollinis Palatini (q.v.) meant. The senate met here
1 .3 0 1 -3 ; R om M itt 85 (1978): 3 5 9 - 6 9 (L. Richard frequently during the old age of Augustus, and the
son); C. Morselli and E. Tortorici, Curia, Forum lul- mention of a portrait of the orator Hortensius inter
ium, Foru m Transitorium (Rome 1989), especially oratores seems to clinch the matter (cf. Suetonius,
1 -2 6 3 . Aug. 29.3).

Curiae N ovae: built at an uncertain date to replace Curia Pompeii: a meeting place for the senate, an
the Curiae Veteres of Romulus, which had become annex of the Porticus Pompeii (q.v.), where Julius
too small to accommodate the population of a curia Caesar was assassinated (Cicero, Div. 2 .2 3 ; Plu
at the ceremonies performed there. The Curiae N o tarch, C aes. 6 6 .1 -2 , Brut. 1 4 .1 -2 ). Augustus later
vae were next to the Compitum Fabricium (Festus removed the statue of Pompey that stood in the
18082L), which was very probably adjacent to the curia, and the curia was walled up (Suetonius, Iul.
Vicus Fabrici listed last for the vici in Regio I (C IL 88, Aug. 3 1 .5 ); later it was converted into a latrine
6.975 = IL S 6073). There is no adequate reason for (Cass. Dio 4 7 .1 9 .1 ). It seems likely that the enor
believing this was the street in the valley dividing the mous base of blocks of tufa on a platform of con
Palatine from the Caelian (the modern Via di S. Gre crete behind Temple B in the Area Sacra di Largo
gorio), as that would involve giving Regio I a Argentina (q.v.) is part of the fill that destroyed the
strangely gerrymandered shape. More likely it was curia and the latrine south of this the one meant by
one of the streets in the neighborhood of S. Gregorio Dio.
Magno, perhaps one of the Septem Viae (q.v.) run G. Marchetti Longhi, L area sacra d el L a rg o Ar
ning into the square southeast of the Circus M axi gentina (Rome 1960), 7 6 - 7 8 ; Nash 1.148.
mus. The curiae were probably only a precinct, per
haps with an enclosing wall, but, because this had to Curia Pompiliana: a meeting place of the senate
be fairly large, we should probably look for it away mentioned only in two passages in the Historia Au
from, rather than toward, the heart of the city. Here gusta (S.H.A. Aurel. 4 1 .3 , Tacit. 3.2). It is generally
twenty-six of the thirty curiae met for religious ob presumed to be an alternate name for the Curia Iulia
servances. invented to suggest the return of an era of peace and
innocence, but there is no confirmation of this expla
Curia O ctaviae: mentioned only by Pliny (H N nation (cf. Amm. M arc. 14.6.6). The Curia Iulia is
36.28) in connection with a statue of Cupid holding regularly called simply Curia in our sources, or even
a thunderbolt, the authorship of which was assigned Senatus (cf., e.g., the regionary catalogues), although
to both Scopas and Praxiteles, while the model was Aulus Gellius 1 4 .7 .7 may be taken to indicate that
agreed to have been Alcibiades. Whether Octavia even after Domitians rebuilding it still formally car
would have wished to add a curia to the other build ried the name Iulia.
ings in her Porticus (q.v.) is doubtful, because the
Temple of Bellona was nearby, and the lack of any Curia Saliorum Collinorum: a sacrarium (cf. Val.
mention of a senate meeting here adds to the mys M ax. 1.8.11) on the Quirinal where the Salii Collini
tery. Moreover, the portico is well represented on the kept their sacred implements (Dion. Hal. 2.70 .
Marble Plan, and there does not seem much free These were a priesthood of twelve young men
space available for the insertion of a curia. The sen founded by Tullus Hostilius on the pattern of the
ate might better have met in one of the temples here. Salii Palatini; they danced in military regalia (palu-
It has therefore been suggested that the curia was dati) and carried, or were accompanied by, ancilia
identical with the sc b o la or, better, sc b o la e that ap (bronze shields), one of which was supposed to have
pear behind the temples on the plan and are men descended from heaven in the time of Numa. Their
tioned by Pliny (H N 3 5 .1 1 4 , 36.22) as the location dancing began 1 M arch and continued through the
of a famous Cupid by Praxiteles, as well as other month at different places. Because the Salii were
works of art. However, scholae do not seem suitable closely connected with the worship of Mars, one


might expect their sacrarium to have been in the pre an enclosure, a templum rather than a building, and
cinct of Quirinus, but by tradition they antedated that is what Varro suggests. It was especially for the
that precinct and most other things on the hill. priests, but they performed on behalf of the people,
curia by curia, and, if in time it became too small,
Curia Saliorum Palatinorum: a sacrarium (Val. the members of each curia must have attended.
M ax. 1.8.11) on the Palatine in which was kept the Each curia had two priests, a curio and a flamen,
lituus of Romulus (Cicero, Div. 1 .3 0 ; Val. M ax. elected for life by the membership and chosen for
1 .8 .1 1; Plutarch, C am . 32), presumably together their suitability for the office. A priest could not be
with other sacred implements and the archives of the physically deformed or maimed, or of insufficient
priesthood. However, the ancilia, their special attri means. Fiis wife had to perform whatever rites there
bute, the bronze shields made on the pattern of one were from which men were excluded, or for which
that was supposed to have descended from heaven, women were required. And both were to be assisted
were kept in the Regia. The Palatine curia was prob by their children. If they were childless, they were to
ably a very small building, but an independent one. have chosen the most beautiful boy and girl of the
curia to be their attendants. To each curia were as
Curia Tifata: see Tifata Curia. signed gods and genii to worship, and most of the
worship was very simple, offerings of barley cakes,
Curiae Veteres: Varro [Ling. 5.1 5 5 ) says that cur spelt, first fruits, and the like. And for each curia a
iae were of two sorts, one being a place such as the banqueting hall was built where all the members
Curiae Veteres, where priests attended to matters of feasted in common on their holidays (Dion. Hal.
religion, the other a place where the senate attended 2 .2 1 .2 -2 3 .6 ).
to human affairs. Festus (18082L) adds the inter These banqueting halls cannot be the Curiae Ve
esting information that Romulus created the Curiae teres. A complex of thirty banqueting halls is un
Veteres and divided the people and religious observ thinkable. It is also impossible that the great gods of
ances (sacra) into thirty parts. Subsequently, the Cur Rome were assigned to the curiae, for these had their
iae Veteres became too small, and the Curiae Novae own flamens and were worshiped by the Roman
were built, but a ceremony of evocation, or exaugur- people as a whole. The gods of the curiae must have
ation, was required for each curia before moving to been minor divinities, perhaps gods whose province
the new place, and the observances of four curiae had been largely forgotten, but whose names were
could not be disturbed, there being religious ob remembered. But all of these were important to the
stacles. So the four, the Foriensis, Rapta, Veliensis, well-being of Rome.
and Velitia, continued to perform their rites in the The curiae were, at least originally, geographical,
Curiae Veteres. Furthermore, the Curiae Veteres as some of their names show: Foriensis, Veliensis, T i
were one of the points by which the line of the pom- fata. Some of them, like the tribes* carry old family
erium of the Romulean city was defined (Tacitus, names and must refer to areas in which these families
Ann. 12.24), between the Ara Consi at the southeast dominated: Titia, Faucia. Possibly these were, or
end of the spina of the Circus Maximus and the Sa- seemed, a distinct majority, and hence the explana
cellum Larum, so it must have been in the neighbor tion of the derivation of their names from those of
hood of the M eta Sudans toward the Palatine, for the the Sabine women carried off in the rape (Livy
points Tacitus lists are all turning points and inside 1.1 3 .6 ; Plutarch, R om . 14.6). The proposition that
the pomerium. each of the three original tribes of Rome was divided
It is striking that a belt of very ancient altars, into ten curiae seems logical but cannot be proved. If
buildings, and places of religious importance sur the tribes, as their names Ramnes, Tities, Lu-
rounded the foot of the Palatine within the pomer ceres suggest, represented the ethnic divisions of
ium. Comparatively few of these were temples; only the city after union with the Sabines, one might look
that of Vesta springs to mind, and it was clearly of for a Latin quarter in the area of the Palatine/Velia/
very special character because it had to shelter the Oppius, a Sabine quarter on the Quirinal and Vi-
sacred fire. More were simply places the spring of minal, and an Etruscan quarter in the area of the
Juturna, the tomb of Acca Larentia, the Lupercal Caelian and Subura M inor (the basin of the Colos
of high veneration but no architectural embellish seum), the localities traditionally associated with
ment until a comparatively late period, if then. They these peoples. In that case it looks as though a bal
seem by and large to go back to a time when the ance among these peoples was being deliberately
Romans did not have images of their gods and wor maintained.
shiped in the open air, in sacred groves, at springs, The tradition seems to be that the banqueting halls
and on heights and mountaintops. If the Curiae Ve that fostered brotherhood among the members of the
teres were indeed Romulean, they ought to have been individual curiae were scattered about the city, each


at the center of, or in an important position in, its were sacrificed to Tellus. The attendants of the Virgo
district. But to emphasize the unity of the city on Vestalis M axim a then tore the fetus from the womb
important holidays of the curiae they gathered at a of the mother, and this was burned and the ashes
common templum to perform certain rites and then kept by the Vestal Virgins for use as a suffim en on
returned to their own banqueting halls for the holi the Parilia a few days later (cf. Ovid, Fast. 4 .6 3 3 -
day feast that followed. The most important of these 40). Because Ovid is specific in saying that one was
festivals was the Fornacalia in February, feria e con- sacrificed on the Capitoline but then reverts to the
ceptivae, a movable feast, the last day of which was singular: pars cadit arce Iovis. ter denas curia vac-
the Quirinalia (17 February). In the course of the cas / accipit, et largo sparsa cruore madet . . . he
Fornacalia occurred the Lupercalia (15 February) must mean that the thirty of the curiae were all sac
and probably the Parentalia (beginning 13 Febru rificed in the Curiae Veteres and Curiae Novae.
ary). Apparently just before the beginning of the For These then would have good reason to be awash
nacalia the priests of the curiae assembled under the with blood, but this would simplify the task of the
guidance of the curio maximus and determined the ministri of the Vestalis M axim a and the transporta
order in which the curiae would perform their rites, tion of the ashes to the Temple of Vesta, where they
except for the last day, reserved for those who were kept. The carcasses of the sacrificial victims
missed, or who did not know, their proper curia, the were presumably subsequently taken to the banquet
feriae stu ltom m . Probably the order was determined ing halls of the individual curiae for roasting and eat
by lot and changed every year, with resulting confu ing. Because the Parilia, as the birthday of Rome,
sion (Ovid, Fast. 2 .5 2 7 -3 2 ). But the point of the se was a festival ascribed to Romulus (Plutarch, R om .
quence seems to be that a m ajor part of the rite had 12) and connected with the Fordicidia, we must
to take place in the Curiae Veteres (and later Novae), ask whether it also, as an urban and public ritual,
and the members of the curia, as well as the priests, was not celebrated in the Curiae Veteres. Propertius
were expected to attend. (4 .4 .7 3 78) suggests by pag an a . . . fercu la that the
The Fornacalia seems to have been a double cele holiday feast was held at various centers throughout
bration, private and public. Privately sacrifices were the city. But Ovid seems clear {Fast. 4 .7 2 1 34) that
made a d fo rn a cem , at the bakery one frequented the ceremony of lustration took place early in the
(Paulus ex Fest. 82L). These were made farris tor- morning with materials fetched from the Temple of
rendi gratia (Paulus ex Fest. 82L ; cf. also Pliny, H N Vesta and was very solemn, the drunken leaping over
18.8); that is, to ensure proper preparation of the bonfires characteristic of the day being a repetition
grain for consumption and sacrifice for the year to in parody of the lustration ritual late in the after
come. Pliny adds that the Fornacalia was also a fes noon. It seems likely that the morning lustration
tival dedicated to the boundary stones (terminis ceremony originally took place in the Curiae Veteres.
agrorum ), so it seems likely that part of the ceremony and this also might explain the difficulties the re
consisted in beating the bounds of both private prop stricted size gave rise to. Because the institution of
erty and the curiae. With the waning of winter and both the Fordicidia (Ovid, Fast. 4 .6 4 1 -7 2 ) and the
the beginning of work in the fields, a check on the Fornacalia (Pliny, H N 18.8) is explicitly ascribed to
boundary stones is a logical ritual. In the public part Numa, while among those festivals said to have been
of the festival there may have been a beating of the established by Romulus (Plutarch, R om . 2 1 : the Par
bounds of the Curiae Veteres, because no one sug ilia, M atronalia, Carmentalia, and Lupercalia) only
gests that there was an oven there. Otherwise we the Parilia seems appropriate to the Curiae Veteres.
may imagine a sacrifice in a templum shared by all the case for locating it there is somewhat stronger.
Romans to the gods of each curia individually. R en dL in c, ser. 8.34 (1979): 3 4 5 - 4 7 (F. Castag-
The other great holiday of the curiae was the For- noli).
dicidia on 15 April, a very primitive ritual in which
a pregnant cow was sacrificed on the Capitoline and C y b ele, T h o lu s : see M agna Mater.
one for each of the thirty curiae of the city. These

Dea C arna, Sacrum: a shrine on the Caelian dedi tanus. For the most part the worship of the Syrian
cated on the Kalends of June (Degrassi 464) by M. gods seems to have been centered outside the city,
Iunius Brutus in fulfillment of a vow following the especially along Via Portuensis.
expulsion of the Tarquins (Macrobius, Sat. 1.12.31 PAPS 125.5 (1981): 3 7 2 -8 1 (R. E. A. Palmer).
33). This divinity presided over the human vital or
gans and received sacrifice of bean porridge and ba Dea Viriplaca, Sacellum: a shrine on the Palatine
con fat. Tertullian (A d N at. 2.9.7) says that the altars to which, according to Valerius Maximus (2.1.6),
of imported (adventiciorum ) divinities were erected husbands and wives who quarreled were accustomed
a d fanum C arnae, whereas those of native (publico- to resort and, having pled their cases in turn, to re
rum) ones were set up on the Palatine, and that this turn home in harmony. Although Valerius Maximus
could be seen in his day. Carna must have been a very uses the present tense for the shrine, he uses the im
ancient divinity, but seems unknown outside Rome. perfect for the custom and lists it among the instituta
Her shrine was probably no more than an enclosure. antiqua. The identity of the goddess is perhaps delib
erately mysterious.
Dea N enia, Sacellum: a shrine outside the Porta
Viminalis, mentioned by Festus (1 5 6 -5 7 L ), of the Decem Tabernae: listed in the regionary catalogues
goddess of lamentations sung at funerals (Augustine, in Regio VI after the Cohors III Vigilum (Cur.) and
D e civ. D. 6.9). The area is almost entirely devoid of the Castra Praetoria (N ot.) and before the Gallinae
ancient monuments, and the shrine is otherwise un Albae (q.v.) in both, therefore presumed to be to
known. ward the western end of the Viminal or in the valley
between the Viminal and the Quirinal. It is supposed
Dea R om a: see R om a, Dea. to have been mentioned in an inscription known at
the end of the fifteenth century but now lost (Jordan
Dea Satriana, Lucus: known only from an inscrip 2 .1 2 1 -2 2 ). It is quite uncertain whether it was a
tion known in the sixteenth century and now lost street or a building complex.
(C IL 6 .1 1 4 = 306 95 = IL S 3989 ), supposed to have
been found near S. Pietro. The divinity is presumed Decenniae: a name appearing in medieval docu
to be a family goddess of the Gens Satria, but noth ments for the valley of the Aqua Marrana southwest
ing further is known about her. of the Lateran, just outside the Aurelian Walls east
CAR 1-H, 87 p. 90. of the Porta Metrovia. The inhabitants of the area
are called Decennenses in the decree of Tarracius
Dea Suria, Templum: known only by conjecture, Bassus of ca. a . d . 37 0 (C IL 6 .3 1 8 9 3 = ILS 6072). Cf.
as a correction of tem plum Iasurae, an entry in Jordan 2 .3 1 8 ; H J 2 2 0 . It has been conjectured that
Chron. 147 for the reign of Alexander Severus the ancient form of the name was Decennium, but
(H erm es [1872], 3 1 4 - 2 2 [H. Jordan]). The goddess for this there is no evidence, the origin of the name
in question would be Atargatis, the counterpart of being quite unknown.
Hadad (Iuppiter Heliopolitanus), together with
whom she seems regularly to have been worshiped in Dei Consentes: see Porticus Deorum
Rome. See Lucus Furrinae and Iuppiter Heliopoli Consentium.

Delubrum: see Aedes, Aedicula, etc. (templum, fanum, etc.), and the whole complex
seems to have been commonly known as the Dian-
Diaetae M am m aeae: apartments created in the ium (Orosius 5 .1 2 .6 ; C IL 6 .3 3 9 2 2 = IL S 7570). The
Palatine palace by Alexander Severus, named in day of dedication was 13 August, the Ides of August,
honor of his mother, Iulia Mammaea, but popularly shared with a number of other celebrations (Degrassi
known as a d M am m am (S.H.A. A lex. Sev. 26.9). It 4 9 4 96). The holiday was especially celebrated by
is uncertain where they were, but they should be con slaves throughout Italy (Festus 460L).
spicuous rooms enjoying a view, perhaps in a tower The similarities and differences between this Diana
or towers overlooking the Circus Maximus. and the Diana Nemorensis of Aricia on the Lago di
Nemi are striking. Diana Nemorensis was worshiped
Diana (1): a temple on the Vicus Patricius, the only in the depths of a crater on a shelf of land beside a
temple of Diana in Rome from which men were ex lake, in contrast to Iuppiter Latiaris, worshiped in
cluded (Plutarch, Q uaest. R om . 3). Nothing else is the grove crowning the Alban M ount, the highest
known about it. point in the Alban Hills. Both groves were the cult
centers of leagues of Latin towns, but while the fes
Diana (2): a tetrastyle temple shown on a coin of tival of the Alban M ount seems to have been broadly
Augustus of 2 9 2 7 B.c. (B. M. Coins, R om . E m p. 1 inclusive (Dionysius, 4 .4 9 .2 , says that in the time of
Augustus no. 643 pi. 15.14). In the center stands a Tarquinius Superbus there were forty-seven member
trophy on a prow, while aplustra are used as acro- peoples, whereas Pliny, H N 3 .6 9 -7 1 , implies that
teria. In the pediment is a triskelion. Whether this there were even more), the league of Diana Nemo
was actually a temple of Diana, despite a bust of her rensis was small and exclusive. Cato (a p . Priscian.
on the obverse, and whether, if so, it was in Rome, is 4 .2 1 ; Keil, G ram m . L at. 2 .1 2 9 ), apparently quoting
doubtful. from the dedication formula, lists only eight mem
bers, and neither Rome nor Alba Longa is among
Diana, Aedes (1) (Fig. 14): usually called Diana them. It looks as though, after Rome had taken over
Aventina (Propertius 4 .8 .2 9 ; Martial 6.64.13) or Av- control of the Feriae Latinae, a small group of the
entinensis (Festus 164L ; Val. M ax. 7 .3.1), the oldest stronger Latin towns had banded together to form a
temple on the Aventine and the earliest temple to this new league that Rome could not control or be a
goddess in Rome. Martial (7 .7 3 .1 ; 12.18.3) called member of. If Servius Tulliuss sanctuary on the Av
the hill Collis Dianae. The temple was traditionally entine was founded in response to this and welcomed
founded by Servius Tullius and paid for by a league all the towns of the Latins, it can be seen as a shrewd
of Latin towns to be a Latin equivalent of the temple political move with interesting religious implica
of Diana of the Ephesians, at which it was believed tions.
all the Ionian cities worshiped individually and col At the annual festival on the Ides of August, the
lectively (Varro, Ling. 5 .4 3 ; Livy 1 .4 5 .2 -6 ; Dion. representatives of the member towns met there and
Hal. 4 .2 6 ; [Aur. Viet.,] D e Vir. III. 7.9). It was near settled any dispute between towns that might have
the Baths of Sura (Martial 6.6 4 .1 3 ) and was rebuilt arisen in the course of the year by arbitration of the
in the time of Augustus by L. Cornificius (Suetonius, other members (Dion. Hal. 4 .2 6 .3 -5 ). If the sanctu
Aug. 29 .5 ), after which it was also known as Diana ary was as old as tradition has it, it was probably
Cornificiana (C IL 6 .4 3 0 5 = IL S 1732). It is almost originally a grove on the highest part of the Aventine.
certainly represented on a fragment of the Marble A substantial temple would not have been built be
Plan (FUR pi. 2 3 ; Rodriguez pi. 15), although of the fore the construction of the Temple of Iuppiter Cap-
name only c o r n i f i c i a [ survives. It is shown as oc- itolinus. The rules governing the precinct and its rites
tastyle, peripteral (possibly sine postico), with a were especially elaborate and inscribed in full detai!
pronaos five bays deep and an extra file of columns in the archaic Greek alphabet on a bronze stele se:
added on the line of each lateral cella wall. There is up in the precinct; Dionysius (4.26) examined this.
a broad stair of approach across the whole temple It was known as the Lex Arae Dianae (further ev:-
front and an ample precinct with a double colonnade dence that there was originally no temple building
or lines of small trees along at least one side and and served as a model for similar constitutions (CIL
probably both, and perhaps a single line, wider 3 .1 9 3 3 = IL S 4 9 0 7 ; C IL 11.361, 1 2.4333 = ILS
spaced, close to the precinct wall at the faade end. 112). On this law, see R. E. A. Palmer, R om an Rel:-
The fragment can be placed with great precision, g ion an d the R om an E m pire: Five Essays (Philadel
thanks to a finished edge, and we see that the temple phia 1974), 5 7 -7 8 .
must have stood on the plateau of the Aventine, The worship of Diana at Nemi must have been
away from the brow, and faced east. very old and, though it was immensely popular, hac
It was called by a variety of names, besides aedes a dark and bloody side, as well as many rituals


whose explanation was neither easy nor obvious. perhaps best set forth in A. Alfoldi, Early R o m e an d
The worship of Diana on the Aventine was worked the L atins (Ann Arbor, Mich. 1965), 8 5 -1 0 0 , and
out in great detail and inscribed on bronze; it seems R en dL in c, ser. 8 .1 7 (1962): 3 8 7 -9 6 (A. Momigli-
to have been untainted by violence or mystery. In ano).
stead, it emphasized community, asylum, and arbi R om a, a rch eo lo g ia n el cen tro (1985), 2 .4 4 2 -5 1
tration, the brotherhood of the Latins. The Romans (A. Cassatella and L. Vendittelli); REA 89 (1987):
claimed to have modeled it on a pan-Ionian temple 4 7 -6 1 (M. Gras); CEFR 98 (1987): 7 1 3 - 4 5 (L.
of Ephesus and also claimed that the cult statue Quilici).
traced its descent from a xoanon in the Ephesian
temple by way of Massilia (Strabo 4 .1 .4 - 5 [179 Diana, Aedes (2): a temple vowed by M. Aemilius
80]). The Massiliote model is evidently shown on Lepidus in 187 B .C . (Livy 39 .2 .8 ) and dedicated in
coins of L. Hostilius Saserna (Crawford 448/3, pi. 179 (Livy 4 0 .5 2 .1 ) in C irco Flam inio, 23 December
53), an archaic figure with heavy hair falling on the (Degrassi 5 4 4 - 4 5 ) . It is linked with the Temple of
shoulders and a spiked crown, armed with a spear Iuno Regina in Circo Flaminio, also built by Lepidus
with a curiously beaded shaft, and accompanied by and dedicated on the same day, though with slightly
a diminutive stag. This is not at all the Diana of the different games for the dedication of each, Diana re
Ephesians, nor yet the triple Diana of Aricia. It has ceiving only two days of ludi scaen ici to Ju nos three.
the frontality of the archaic, and the drapery cover The location of the temple is a puzzle; it might have
ing the legs is done in archaic fashion, with a strong stood opposite the Temple of Juno on the opposite
center fold falling straight between the legs and side of the circus. It does not figure in history later.
looped folds falling away from this around the legs For a possible reconstruction of this temple by Oc-
to either side, but the trailing sleeves hanging from tavian to celebrate his naval victory at Naulochus,
the elbows look archaistic, as does the crown. If Sas- see D ialA rch 2 (1968): 1 9 1 -2 0 9 (F. Coarelli).
ernas die cutters were following the cult statue in
Massilia, it may have been a replacement made com Diana, Sacellum: a shrine on the Caeliolus de
paratively late. If they were working from the Diana scribed by Cicero (Har. R esp. 32) as m axim u m et
of the Aventine, as one would think natural and sanctissim um , removed by L. Calpurnius Piso not
probable, they may have made incorrect sketches in long before 58 B .C . Cicero says many people living
accordance with their notions of archaic drapery, for in the vicinity were accustomed to perform sacrificia
Strabo seems explicit in his account of this statue, as gentilicia there, which suggests that it was not a ma
though he had examined its history closely. jor monument, possibly even a compital shrine. A
The connection with Ephesus was, then, a fancied more precise location for it is impossible.
one in constitution, rather than cult, and in the
Ephesian temples right of asylum (Strabo 14.1.23 Diana Planciana, Aedes: a temple known from in
[641]), which was famous. The Massiliote statue scriptions and discovery of material, notably part of
may have been an afterthought. The Hekate of Me- a statue, in 1932 under the cellars of the Angelicum
nestratos from Ephesus, a marble statue of great bril at the corner of the Salita del Grillo and Via Panis-
liance, was set behind the temple proper (Pliny, H N perna, therefore on Vicus Longus. It was probably
36.32). built by Cn. Plancius, curule aedile in 55 or 54 B .C .,
Besides the stele of bronze on which was engraved who put Diana and her attributes on his coins.
the agreement of Rome and the Latin cities, probably R endP ontA cc 43 (1 9 7 0 71): 12534 (S. Pan-
the same as that known as the Lex Arae Dianae, ciera); CEFR 98 (1987): 8 0 - 8 4 (S. Panciera).
there was another with the Lex Icilia de Aventino
Publicando of 456 B .C . (Dion. Hal. 10.32) and prob Dianium: a shrine at the juncture of the Vicus Cu-
ably a good many ancient documents of the same prius and Clivus Orbius (or Urbius) on the Oppius
sort. Censorinus (D. N. 23.6) says one of the oldest (Livy 1.48.6). By Livys day it had disappeared, but
sundials in Rome was here. There were also the only recently; he cites it as still a landmark. Dianium
horns of a cow of enormous size, to which a curious seems also to have been used as a common designa
legend was attached (Livy 1 .4 5 .4 5 ; Val. M ax. tion for the Temple of Diana on the Aventine (see
7 .3 .1 ; [Aur. Viet.,] D e Vir. III. 7). The temple was Diana, Aedes [1]).
still standing in the fourth century and is listed in the
regionary catalogues, but no trace of it has been Diribitorium (Fig. 2 6 ): an elongated rectangular
found in modern times. building at the south end of the Saepta Iulia (q.v.),
The origins of this cult were the subject of an ex coterminal with the Saepta on the west and extend
tended debate between A. Alfoldi and A. Momigli- ing a little beyond it on the east, where the votes cast
ano. The positions of these two great scholars are in the Saepta were counted by the election officials


(diribitores). It is shown on fragments of the Marble Diribitorium furnished with tiers of benches and
Plan (FUR pi. 3 1 ; Rodriguez pi. 26). Cozza calcu used it instead of a theater when the sun was espe
lates the short side to have been about 43 m wide. cially hot. During the fire that destroyed the Aemi-
The south wall seems to have been discovered in liana, Claudius made it his headquarters for direct
1884 under the line of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele ing fire-fighting operations through two nights
(B u llC om 21 [1893]: 190 [G. B. De Rossi and G. (Suetonius, C laud. 18.1).
Gatti]; N Sc 1884, 1 0 3 - 4 [G. Fiorelli]), and the It burned in the great fire of Titus, a . d . 80, and
north wall was under the church of the Stimmate. thereafter remained unroofed, because it was impos
From the Marble Plan it appears that the principal sible to find beams to replace those that had been lost
entrance was from the west, where large doors (Cass. Dio 5 5 .8 .4 ; 6 6 .2 4 .2 ). W hat changes this may
opened between broad piers into a lobby with cor have entailed in the architecture of the building is not
responding doors opposite. An aisle marked off on clear, nor how it was then used. It is not listed in the
the north side seems to have run the length of the regionary catalogues.
building, but the architecture and purpose of this is
not clear. A deep space is reserved at the east end of Dis Pater, Aedes: a temple in Regio X I listed in the
the building, in front of which are shown at least a N otitia (not the Curiosum ) after the Temple of Mer
few niches or small chambers, with others projecting cury and before that of Ceres. It has therefore been
inward from the side aisle, and both sets have col supposed that the Temple of Summanus (see Sum-
umns in front of them. The purpose and extent of manus, Aedes) is meant, because the name of Sum
these features are uncertain. manus was explained as deriving from Summus
The Diribitorium was begun by Agrippa in con Manium, and he was equated with Dis Pater in the
nection with the Saepta, but finished by Augustus third and fourth centuries (Martianus Capella 2.161:
and opened in 7 B .C . (Cass. Dio 5 5 .8 .3 ). It was the Roscher 4 .1 6 0 1 [R. Peter]).
largest building under a single roof in Rome until
D ios time, its roof carried on beams of larch. One Dis Pater et Proserpina, Ara: an altar inscribed to
that was not used was 100 feet long and 1.5 feet Dis and Proserpina kept underground at a depth or
thick, kept in the Saepta as a curiosity (Cass. Dio 20 feet, supposed to have been miraculously discov
5 5 .8 .4 ; Pliny, H N 1 6 .2 0 1 , 3 6 .1 0 2 ). Caligula had the ered by the servants of the Sabine Valesius digging to


lay foundations following instructions given in Divorum seems to have no justification.

dreams of Valesiuss children (Val. M ax. 2 .4 .5 ; Fes- L. Bonfante and H. von Heintze, eds., In M em o-
tus 440L , 479L ). This was at a place called Tarentum riam O tto J. B ren del (Mainz 1976), 1 5 9 -6 3 (L.
(q.v.) or Terentum, in ex trem o M artio cam p o, along Richardson, jr, The Villa Publica and the Divo
the Tiber. On this altar sacrifices were offered in the rum ).
Ludi Saeculares (Livy, E pit. 4 9 ; Censorinus, N. D.
17.89; Phlegon, Peri M acrob . 5 .4 [FG rH 2.2 p. Doliola: a place alongside the Cloaca M axim a in
1189]; Zosimus 2.4). The discovery of fragments of the Forum Boarium where it was not permitted to
inscriptions with records of the Ludi Saeculares cel spit. There were believed to be earthenware storage
ebrated under Augustus in 17 B .C . near the head of jars, dolia, buried underground here, about which
Ponte Vittorio Emanuele gives the approximate lo there were several traditions: that they contained
cation of the Tarentum (C IL 6 .3 2 3 2 3 = 1LS 5 0 5 0 ; cf. bones of the dead (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 7 ), that they
Nash 1 .5 8 -5 9 ). F. Coarelli (QITA 5 [1968]: 3 3 -3 7 ) contained sacred objects that had belonged to Numa
has shown that coins of Domitian showing the Pompilius (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 7 ), and that during the
sacrifices of the Ludi Saeculares of a . d . 88 show invasion of the Senonian Gauls the Vestal Virgins
the altar as round. His further attempt to iden had deposited there ritual objects that they were un
tify the buildings in the background as twin tem able to carry with them in their flight (Livy 5 .4 0 .8 ;
ples of Dis and Proserpina has been refuted by S. Paulus ex Fest. 60L). Livys account puts the place
Quilici Gigli (A n alR om , suppl. 10 [1983]: 4 7 - on the road from the Temple of Vesta to the Pons
57). It seems possible that what is represented is a Sublicius, and he adds that it was a sacellum next to
scaen ae frons. the house of the Flamen Quirinalis, so already in ex
istence and consecrated at that time. The area must
Dius Fidius: see Semo Sancus. have been marked off, but is not said to have been a
locus saeptus, like the Niger Lapis in the Comitium.
Divorum, Aedes: see Augustus, Divus, It is sometimes confused with the Busta Gallica (q.v.)
Sacrarium. in the Forum Boarium, but without reason. The Do
liola should be fairly near the Temple of Vesta, but
Divorum, Templum (Figs. 18, 2 6 ): a large com outside the pomerium, if it was believed to be an an
plex in the Campus Martius east of the Saepta Iulia cient graveyard. The suggestion is that the Vestal Vir
and west of the great porticus along Via Lata (Porti- gins were going along the Vicus Tuscus when they
cus Minucia Frumentaria?). It is shown on the found their burdens too heavy to carry and then took
Marble Plan (FUR pi. 3 1 ; Rodriguez pi. 26). It was advantage of the nearest sacred ground.
built by Domitian after the fire of Titus, evidently to
honor his deified father and brother, and consisted Dolochenum: see Iuppiter Dolichenus.
of a long rectangle framed by colonnades entered at
the north through an elaborate triple arch, just inside Domus, Insula, Atrium, H orti, Villa: A dom u s
which a pair of small temples faced each other. These was a private house not more than two storeys high
are shown as tetrastyle prostyle. Two other buildings and usually for the most part one. It might be broken
of megaron plan flank the arch, but it is not clear into a number of individual units, but these intercon
what purpose these served. The open area is shown nected. Along the front there were shops, if the street
covered by regularly spaced dots, probably repre was a busy one; these might be run by freedmen of
senting files of large trees, and on axis near the south the family or let out. In the republican period the
end is a square structure with steps at the front and principal unit was probably always an atrium com
back and columns at the corners, probably an altar. plex, a ring of rooms around a central lobby, lit by a
There seems to have been an axial entrance at the central opening in the roof. At the far end were a
south end with a columnar porch in front of it, but tablinum, or reception room, flanked by a pair of
the architecture of this is difficult to read, and one dining rooms, one for winter and one for summer
cannot see where it led. This building seems to have use. The rooms along the front and sides were much
replaced the Villa Publica (q.v.), and the altar is smaller, principally bedrooms and storerooms. To
therefore probably the altar of Mars (see M ars, Ara). this after the middle of the second century B.C . might
This complex is commonly called simply Divorum be added one or more peristyles, colonnaded plea
until late, although the earliest mentions of it, in the sure gardens with rooms opening off the colonnades,
Fasti Ostienses for the time of Hadrian (Degrassi, especially dining rooms and rooms for special pur
In scription es Italiae 13 .1 .2 0 3 , 233) and C IL poses. Here there might also be a dining pavilion ar
10234 = IL S 7213 of a . d . 153, call it Templum Di ranged in a second storey and a small bath suite. A
vorum. The common modern designation Porticus service quarter accessible by a corridor might con


tain kitchen, latrine, storage spaces, and work lic park, and Agrippa did the same with his in the
spaces, but effort was made to separate these from Campus Martius. It is impossible to say how far out
the rest of the house. If a hospitium was included, it from Rome the belt of horti extended; probably it
consisted of a small atrium complex and might have was not more than two or three kilometers. One
a small peristyle as well. Large houses might have hears little about the houses included in horti, al
more than one hospitium. A domus might occupy though the surviving pavilion in the Horti Sallustiani
the whole of a city block, but usually occupied only shows that they could be magnificent. Emphasis was
a fraction of one. put rather on the fountains and fishponds, the plan
An insula might be a single apartment for a family tations of trees, and the development of terraces.
unit, or a building of multiple such apartments in Buildings were not clustered together, but scattered
many storeys. The single apartment usually consisted through the landscape to provide great variety of ex
of a large central lobby, the m edianum , flanked by perience and vista. One gathers that both the Domus
one large reception room and one smaller one, the Transitoria and Domus Aurea were essentially horti
exedras, and with a few small windowless rooms in character but were not so called only because of
opening behind the medianum. The plan could be the tradition of calling imperial houses in Rome do
varied, but once established had to be repeated on mus.
every floor. The ground floor in the center of the city A villa, on the other hand, in the time of the em
was usually given over to shops and workshops pire had to be a certain distance from the urban cen
around a central courtyard that was paved and ter, clearly a country place. Down to the time of Au
might contain a fountain. The dwellings were in the gustus villas seem always to have kept the character
storeys above. Cooking was done on balconies, and of working farms, although the houses might be ex
a common latrine on the ground floor led off the travagant in size and appointments. This is shown in
stairwell. An insula might occupy the whole of a city the opening of the third book of Varros D e R e Rus-
block but usually occupied only a fraction of one. tica. The Romans prided themselves on their abilities
Under the empire this was the commonest form of as farmers and spent lavishly of both money and ef
habitation for those of the middle range, the domus fort to make their villas productive and showplaces.
being reserved for the very rich, while the laboring Beginning with Augustus one begins to find the villa
class lived in their workshops and no consideration that served only for pleasure, especially in the seaside
was taken of the slaves. villas perched on rocky promontories and island re
An atrium, as a building, was for the classical pe treats. In the vicinity of Rome villas probably once
riod always an atrium complex, as described above, began immediately beyond the pomerium, and ex
but sometimes the name was a survival from an ear amples surviving from the earlier period were scat
lier period and the building had with time acquired tered among the horti throughout antiquity. The
an entirely different form. This would have been the Villa Coponiana mentioned by Cicero (Att. 1 2 .3 1 .2
case with the Atrium Libertatis, which began as the seems to have been one of these. The Villa Publica of
office of the censors and seems to have wound up as Rome, built in 435 B .C ., was so designated in all se
the hemicycles at either end of the Basilica Ulpia. The riousness. But the fact that while mentions of horti
Atrium Vestae that we know shows no sign of an are extremely common, mentions of villas near
atrium plan in any of its phases. Thus by the late Rome are extremely rare is testimony to the revolu
republic atrium as a term seems to have become used tion that took place in such residences immediately
for any large hall or complex, essentially indepen following Luculluss lead, and the speed with which
dent of other buildings, devoted to public or semi it operated.
public use.
H orti is a term used for a house of villa form Domus (identified by the owner with the name in
within, or in the immediate neighborhood of the city. the nominative, when no commoner name is
The first horti in Rome are said to be those created available).
by Lucullus on the Pincian, which became known as
the Collis Hortulorum. Within a few years thereafter M . Acilius Glabrio Faustus: see Domus
we find Cicero speaking of horti in the Transtiberim Palmata.
and on the way to Ostia and gather that they ringed
the city. The Horti Maecenatis on the Esquiline were Aebutii: At least two houses of this family on the
famous, and the Horti Sallustiani regarded as one of Aventine are known from Livys account of the scan
the showplaces of Rome. Julius Caesar gave his horti dal of the Bacchanalia in 186 B .C . In one Publius Ae-
in the Transtiberim to the Roman people to be a pub butius, son of an eques Romanus, lived with his


mother, Duronia, and his stepfather, T. Sempronius consul of a . d . 127 (PIR 1 A 35 5 ), to whom the Figu-
Rutilus (Livy 3 9 .9 .2 and 6; 3 9 .1 2 .1 ). In the other linae Iuncianae are believed to have belonged (C IL
lived an elderly aunt (Livy 3 9 .1 1 .2 -3 ). 15 .2 5 7 of a . d . 123). Cf. also IG 3 .6 2 2 and 5.485.

Aelia Athenais: on the Esquiline inside the Porta

Esquilina (Arcus Gallieni) and to the south of it, M . Agrippa: see Domus, M . Antonius.
known only from a lead pipe of the third century
found in Via del Statuto running to Piazza Vittorio Albinovanus Pedo: see Domus, C. Plinius
Emanuele at its west corner (C IL 15.7377). Secundus.

Aelii: a house just off the Forum Romanum along Alfenius Ceionius Iulianus Kamenius (PLR E
the Sacra Via on land later occupied by the Mariana 1.1 7 7 ): on the Quirinal southeast of Palazzo Barbe-
Monumenta; i.e., the Temple of Honos et Virtus and rini, where its ruins were discovered (C IL 6.1675
adjacencies (Val. M ax. 4.4.8). Valerius Maximus ex = 3 1 9 0 2 , 3 1 9 4 0 ). Kamenius, a man of senatorial
presses surprise that so small a house (dom uncula) rank, was accused in a . d . 368 of dabbling in poison
could have accommodated sixteen Aelii at once. Plu to further the success of the charioteer Auchenius,
tarch (A em il. Paul. 5.4) says one of these was Q. Ae- but acquitted (Amm. M arc. 2 8 .1 .2 7 ). Presumably his
lius Tubero, son-in-law of L. Aemilius Paullus, which grandfather was the praefectus urbi in 333 (M GH,
would give a date ca. 175 B.C . C bron. Min. 1.68), and his brother, Tarracius Bassus,
also accused in the Auchenius affair, became praefec
Aelius M axim us Augustorum Libertus: a house tus urbi (Amm. M arc. 28 .1 .2 7 ).
somewhere near the Thermae Antoninianae, the lo
cation given by an inscription on a lead pipe (C IL Amethystus Drusi Caesaris: below the Pincian,
15.7374). known only from the inscription on a lead pipe (C IL
T. Aelius Naevius Antonius Severus (P IR 1 N 5):
a house on the Quirinal at the corner of Via Nazion- Ampelius: on the slope of the Collis Salutaris, be
ale and Via M ilano. The owner was a man of con longing to P. Ampelius of Antioch, praefectus urbi in
sular rank in the time of Decius (?). a . d . 3 7 1 -3 7 2 (P L R E 1 .5 6 ; Symmachus, Epist.
C IL 6.1 3 3 2 = 3 1 6 3 2 , 1469 = 3 1 6 6 3 , 1470, 9 1 4 7 ; 5 .5 4[52].2). It is more likely to have been on the
IG 14.1071. southeast side of the hill, where there were numerous
houses, than on the northwest one.
P. Aelius Romulus Augg. lib.: see Domus Q.
Blaesius Iustus. Ancus M arcius: in su m m a Sacra Via, where the
Temple of the Lares (see Lares, Aedes) later stood
Aemilia Paulina Asiatica {PIR1 A 4 2 4 ): a house (Solinus 1.23). Varro (ap. N on. 852L) puts it in Pal-
on the Quirinal found in 1887 in Via Milano during atio a d p o rta m M ugionis secundum viam , that is,
the construction of Via Nazionale. It was oriented to presumably, inside the gate to the northwest of the
the Vicus Longus but considerably to the northwest road leading to it, or roughly opposite the Temple of
of it (R om M itt 4 [1889]: 276 [C. Hiilsen]). Iuppiter Stator (see Iuppiter Stator, Aedes [1]).

M . Aemilius Aemilianus: a house within the Anicii (1): see Domus, Gregorius Magnus.
bounds of the Thermae Diocletianae off Via X X Set-
tembre, known from inscribed lead pipes, one piece Anicii (2): believed to have stood in Via delle Bot-
found in the Campo Verano, another in work for the teghe Oscure, where an inscription was found re
Ministero delle Finanze (C IL 1 5 .7378 = IL S 528). cording the restoration of some public building by
The inscriptions carried the name of the maker of the Anicius Acilius Glabrio Faustus (P LR E 2 .4 5 2 -5 4 ),
pipe, M arcia Caenis, as well as that of the house praefectus urbi between 421 and 423 in the time of
owner. The owner is not likely to have been the Ae Honorius and Theodosius (C IL 6 .1 6 7 6 ; H J 549).
milianus who became emperor in a . d . 253 (cf. P IR 2 The location of the church of S. Lucia dei Ginnasi,
A 330). which seems to be the same as Sanctae Luciae in Xe-
nodochio Aniciorum (HCh 30 0, 306), would put
L. Aemilius Iuncus: on the Esquiline, known from this in the area of the Porticus Minucia Vetus (q.v.),
a lead pipe (C IL 15.7379). He may be the suffect which was still identifiable at the time the regionary


catalogues were compiled but may have been in rinae in preference to his Palatine house, it may have
vaded by building shortly thereafter. been old-fashioned and inconvenient. It burned
down in 25 B .C . during the joint ownership. See also
Anniana: see Domus, M ilo Papianus, T. Domus, Caesetius Rufus.
L. Appuleius Saturninus: destroyed and left a va
A. Annius Plocamus (PIR 2 A 6 7 6 ): on the upper cant plot following the assassination of Saturninus
Quirinal northeast of the east corner of the Thermae on the grounds that he was seditious. He was tribu-
Diocletianae, known from an inscription on a lead nus plebis in 103 and 100 B .C . and was stoned to
pipe (C IL 15.7391) said to have been found at the death in the Curia Hostilia, 10 December 100 B.C .
corner of Via Volturno and Via Goito (a mistake for The location of the house is unknown but was pre
Via Gaeta?). This may be the man who contracted sumably in a conspicuous place (Val. M ax. 6.3.1c).
for the revenues from the Red Sea under Claudius
(Pliny, H N 6 .8 4 ; Solinus 53.8). C. Aquillius Gallus: on the Viminal, generally con
sidered the most beautiful house of the mid-first cen
Annius Verus: on the Caelian near the Lateran, the tury B .C . in Rome, outshining even the house of Ca-
family house in which Marcus Aurelius was brought tulus on the Palatine (Pliny, H N 17.2). The owner
up (S.H.A. M. Aurel. A ntonin. 1.18). M . Annius was an eques Romanus and a celebrated jurist; he
Verus (PIR2 A 695), his grandfather, was consul was praetor in 66 B .C ., together with Cicero.
three times, first under Domitian, then in a . d . 121
and 126, and praefectus urbi. His father died while Arippi et Ulpii Vibii: a house discovered in 1930
praetor. The H istoria Augusta makes it clear that in laying foundations for the Collegium Russicum on
there were actually two properties, a horti in which Via Napoleone III, southeast of the Basilica Iunii
Marcus was born and a paternal domus adjacent to Bassi (q.v.). The names of the owners are known
the Lateran. The horti belonged properly to his from an inscription in a mosaic pavement of geomet
mother, Domitia Lucilla (see Horti Domitiae Calvil- ric pattern in a small apsidal room of the third or
lae). The Lugli and Gismondi location of the Domus fourth century built into another complex with walls
L. Veri near the northwest corner of the Praedia La- faced with reticulate judged Augustan in date. An
teranorum and the Horti Domitiae Lucillae adjacent adjacent room had remains of a black and white fig-
to this to the west is arbitrary; the horti may have ural mosaic of Bacchic subject, interesting for the
been anywhere on the Caelian. representation of Bacchus discovering Ariadne in
R endP ontA cc 41 (1 9 6 8 -6 9 ): 1 6 7 -8 9 (V. Santa this sort of mosaic. The plan of the house cannot be
M aria Scrinari); M EFRA 100 (1988): 8 9 1 -9 1 5 (P. made out, and the owners are otherwise unknown.
Liverani). Nash 1 .3 0 7 -8 .

Antonia Caenis (PIR 2 A 88 8 ): known from lead L. Arruntius Stella (PIR 2 A 11 5 0 ): in the prim a
pipes found in the area of Villa Patrizi on the south Subura, the house of the suffect consul of a . d . 101
side of Via Nomentana in the area of the present or 102 (M artial 1 2 .2 [3 ].9 12), described as alta
Ministero dei Trasporti. This was the freedwoman of atria. Presumably the west end of the Subura close to
Antonia, the mother of Claudius and the concubine the imperial fora is meant.
of Vespasian. In this location it might more properly
be called horti than domus. It must have become im L. Asinius Rufus: on the Aventine (?), known from
perial property after her death, for a Balineum Cae- an inscription on a lead pipe (C IL 15.7396), perhaps
nidianum (q.v.) that was part of it became a public the intimate and admired friend of Pliny (Epist.
institution. 4 .1 5 .1 2) and Tacitus (PIR 2 A 1248).
R endP ontA cc 5 0 (1 9 7 7 -7 8 ): 14552 (R. Friggeri).
Aufidia Cornelia Valentilla (PIR2 A 13 9 6 ): south
M . A n ton iu s (cos. 4 4 , 34 B .C .): on the Palatine, of Porta Maggiore, a house or urban villa of the sec
presumably inherited. This was subsequently given ond half of the second century (NSc 1887, 70, 108
to Agrippa and Messalla jointly (Cass. Dio 53 .2 7 .5 ). [G. Fiorelli]; 1888, 225 [G. Gatti]; B u llC om 15
Because both were very rich men, this division of a [1887]: 100 [G. Gatti]; 53 [1925]: 2 7 6 -7 8 [E.
house is difficult to understand and may imply that Gatti]; C IL 1 5 .7 5 5 , 7398).
the house was a very large one composed of more
than one building unit. Because Antony himself had Augustiana (C IL 6 .8 6 4 0 , 8 6 4 7 -4 9 ; 1 5 .1 8 6 0 ; ILS
taken possession of the Domus Rostrata of Pompey 1630, 1775), also called Domus Augustana (C IL
(see Domus, Cn. Pompeius Magnus [1]) on the Ca- 6 .2 2 7 1 , 8 6 5 1 ; 1 5 .7 2 4 6 ; IL S 4 2 7 0 , 8694) (Figs. 27.


28, 63.6 and 7): The names d o m u s f l a v i a and

d o m u s s e v e r i a n a are modern names for parts of

the whole complex assigned to different periods. The

whole is also called d o m u s p a l a t i n a and p a l a t i u m .
Parts of the imperial compound on the Palatine that
were apparently always distinguished from the
Domus Augustiana are the Domus Tiberiana,
Domus Germanici, Domus Transitoria, and Domus
The imperial palace we see today is almost entirely
the work of Domitian and his architect Rabirius. Al
though modifications and masonry of other periods
can be distinguished, these are work of repair and
redecoration rather than remodeling and rebuilding.
The only significant additions of a later period seem
to be those of Septimius Severus (see no. 4 below).
Domitians palace, work on which may possibly
have begun under Vespasian, but more likely at
the beginning of Domitians own reign (cf. C IL
6 .31496a), entailed enormous works of terracing to
create a platform of sufficient size for the deploying
of the main state apartments, and the whole was
only completed about a . d . 92 (Martial 7.56). M ar Figure 2 7
tial (8.36) describes it as a work outdoing the pyra D om us Augustiana,
mids and towering into heaven. For buildings found Upper Level, Plan

buried in the terracing for the foundations, see Casa

dei Grifi, Aula Isiaca, and Domus Transitoria.
The main floor is composed of four principal
blocks. (1) That to the northwest includes the main
reception rooms and was preceded by a colonnade
on the north and at least part of the west front. The
north front commanded an open space, probably the
Area Palatina (q.v.), and here the line of the colon
nade is broken by projecting platforms that probably
served as balconies for public appearances. Later the
west colonnade was reinforced by spur walls running
back from the columns to the wall behind, and un
derground chambers were constructed against the fa
ade. Immediately behind this colonnade are three
important halls, that to the northwest basilical in ar
chitectural form, with lateral Corinthian colonnades
leading to a large semicircular apse set off by a
marble balustrade. The vaulted (?) roofing evidently
overtaxed the supporting walls, and massive piers
had to be added in the forward corners, and the apse
had to be thickened to carry it. In the center was the
largest and grandest hall, the so-called Aula Regia,
nearly square, the walls broken into shallow niches
Figure 2 8
separated by fluted columns of pavonazzetto. The D om us Augustiana,
niches contained colossal statues of divinities in Low er Level, Plan
greenish Egyptian basonite (grovacca), two of which,
a Bacchus and a Hercules, are now in Parma. The
third room, the so-called Lararium, is smallest, a rec apartments. Here there was a stair leading up to
tangle with a broad entrance, three rectangular rooms and probably balconies in an upper storey.
niches in each side wall, and a plain rear wall with a Behind this bank of rooms was a peristyle with col
small door at either end leading back to more private umns of Porta Santa containing at its center an oc


tagonal maze around a central pool. The whole may northeast corner, so the two storeys functioned in
have been a very elaborate fountain. To the west of dependently of each other, the rooms are grouped
this peristyle is a series of small rooms of highly ba around a square court. This was colonnaded or ar
roque plan, symmetrically arranged to either side of caded on all sides, and the open area was taken up
a central axis, the purpose of which is unclear, while by a large shallow pool in which four peltate islands
to the east is a block of rectangular rooms through made bases for statuary and potted greenery. On the
which one passed to a second peristyle. At the south northeast side a central exedra of square plan is
west end of the first block was the great banquet hall, flanked by large octagonal rooms, all having their
balancing the Aula Regia, a broad rectangle with walls carved into deep niches of various shapes.
a shallow axial apse and five windows in each side These rooms were probably all vaulted with sec
wall, through which one glimpsed an elaborate foun tional vaults following the lines of the architecture,
tain of oval plan framed on three sides by colon although there is some doubt about the roofing of
nades. The conception of these fountains may owe the central exedra. A bank of small rooms behind
something to the M eta Sudans (q.v.). The pavement these is of uncertain purpose. On the northwest side
of the banquet hall was in opus sectile; this was of the peristyle is a suite of eight closely intercon
raised on suspensurae, so the hall could be heated. nected rooms of rectilinear plan, again in symmetry,
This must be the banquet hall celebrated by Martial which may have been the private imperial suite. They
(8.39) and Statius (Silv. 4.2), the Cenatio Iovis. were provided with light and air by the introduction
(2) The block immediately to the southeast of this of light wells enclosing large nymphaea of baroque
is arranged around two adjacent and conjoined per form to either side. On the southeast side of the court
istyles. The outer one of these to the northeast was opposite this suite the evidence is confused, but
probably a ceremonial entrance court, very large and clearly the plan here was different, and rooms of
broad, preceded by a semicircular projection, a ves elaborately curved form appeared. A stair on this
tibule of unusual plan or an imperial box. The open side led directly to the hippodrome garden.
area appears to have been divided into three strips of On the southwest side of the sunken court, the pal
approximately equal width to make a promenade ace fronted on the Circus Maximus, and this front
leading back from this vestibule to another peristyle was treated as a continuous gentle curve, with focus
beyond. This second peristyle is nearly square and on a monumental axial entrance from the palace. All
has in its center a large shallow pool, the walls scal along this front was a colonnade, and behind the ax
loped into niches, the forward corners rounded. ial door was a large plain room. But whether the
Slightly off the axis of this pool is an island joined to princeps made his entrance for the circus games
the northeast side by a bridge of seven arches, which through this is not clear. Because this front of the
holds the remains of a small temple, tetrastyle pro palace faces southwest, it would have made a good
style with a nearly square cella. This last is a very promenade on winter afternoons and may have been
late addition, assigned to the time of Maxentius. The especially designed for that, because ancient Romans
rooms northwest of this peristyle have already been were fond of promenading. Behind the walk to either
mentioned in connection with the first block. Those side open a few small rooms fitted into the roughly
to the southeast are again symmetrical, the central triangular spaces between the curve of the walk and
one an interesting colonnaded square with rounded the straight lines of the rest of the palace. The block
apses opening beyond to either side and a view com of rooms behind the walk has almost entirely disap
manding the hippodrome garden to the southeast. peared, but part of it on the upper level is known
The main residential rooms are the complex to the from its appearance on a lost, but copied, fragment
southwest of this peristyle and the rooms in a lower of the Marble Plan {FUR pis. 3 and 2 2 ; Rodriguez
storey below this. In the upper storey strict symmetry pi. 14). It seems to have been very bold in concept,
is observed, and we must posit the existence of light with a pair of elongated wings or, perhaps better,
wells. Large rooms are regularly provided with pavilions of curious form radiating from a semicir
niches, rounded or rectangular, which suggest the cular light well framed by a colonnade. The purpose
display of statuary; columns are conspicuously ab of these rooms is mysterious, but it appears that the
sent; and only a few rooms seem designed to accom design was repeated in the wing opposite.
modate more than a small company. Rooms do not (3) The third block of the palace is a sunken gar
develop in enfilades or sequences, frequent short cor den in the form of a hippodrome, 160 m long by 50
ridors providing most connections and important m wide. This has a gently curved southwest end,
rooms tending to turn their backs to one another straight sides, and a straight northeast end, where a
rather than connect. series of rooms gives the effect of starting gates. The
On the lower level, some 1 1 m below the upper other sides are arcaded with an engaged Tuscan or
and connected with it by a long straight stair in the der faced with Porta Santa applied to the piers.


Above the arcades ran a colonnade of composite or rooms exploiting use of apses and windows. Because
der. At either end of the garden area is a semicircular these require sunlight and are carefully oriented to
pool, and across it just northeast of the imperial ex- the southwest, the superstructures of the palace
edra ran a colonnaded walk of late date. Also of late southwest of them should not be so high as to darken
date is an oval enclosure that fills much of the open them. However, the report that Septimius Severus
area toward the southwest end, for which various wished to make the principal approach to the palace
explanations, but none entirely satisfactory, have one from the Via Appia and that he was followed in
been advanced. At the middle of the southeast side this by Alexander Severus is probably to be taken
rises a vast semicircular exedra. On the ground floor seriously, and the Severan additions to the Domus
this was divided into three parallel vaulted cham Augustiana must have been appropriately splendid
bers, which supported an upper storey in which a (S.H.A. Sept. Sev. 2 4 .4 -5 ).
series of niches, alternately curved and rectangular, While the large platform of S. Sebastiano and S.
was framed by a Corinthian colonnade and the Bonaventura is to be excluded from the Domus Au
whole covered by a half-dome. This is commonly gustiana, because it is now known to belong to a
called the imperial box (podium , pulvinar), and it is temple, a structure halfway down the slope of the
presumed that the imperial party assembled here to Palatine below the northwest end of the lower storey
watch spectacles given in the arena below. It is per probably belongs to it. This is a row of parallel
haps more likely that it served simply as a garden rooms with a central semicircular exedra, in front of
pavilion. Behind it runs a curved corridor with a cof which is a row of columns. Numerous inscriptions
fered ceiling apparently supported on a similar cor scratched on the walls suggest that it was the head
ridor below. Suites of rooms extend the hippodrome quarters of the keepers of imperial vestments. Other
block at either end. Those at the curved end are not inscriptions suggest it was called the Paedagogium,
of great interest, a double bank except for a single and that name has now become attached to it. A fa
large central room. Those at the northeast end are mous graffito caricaturing the crucifixion (Lugli
much more extensive and seem to have centered 1946, 522 fig. 165) comes from it.
around a nymphaeum of semicircular plan with a The whole complex has been repeatedly ransacked
long throat leading out of it on axis, something like for treasure, intensively from the late eighteenth cen
the Serapaeum of Villa Adriana but much more tury, and quantities of material of every sort have
modest in scale. How this was integrated with the gone to enrich buildings and collections. It is no
hippodrome, if in fact it was, is not clear. But all this longer possible to identify any substantial part of
part appears to be Domitianic, as is also the aque these, and even study of the remains of the hippo
duct bridge that brought the Aqua Claudia across drome and Severan additions is still woefully inade
the valley between the Caelian and the Palatine on quate.
two or three storeys of arches and supplied the pal Lugli 1946, 4 8 6 -5 2 3 ; A n alR om , suppl. 2 (1962)
ace abundantly with water. (H. Finsen); MacDonald 1.4774; Nash 1 .3 16-38;
(4) Septimius Severus added a wing to the Domus A n alR om , suppl. 5 (1969) (H. Finsen); N Sc 1971,
Augustiana extending from the hippodrome south 3 0 0 -3 1 8 (G. Carettoni); A rcbC l 24 (1972): 96-1 0 4
east to the Septizodium (q.v.). In part this seems to (G. Carettoni); R om M iti 83 (1976): 4 0 3 -2 4 (J. J.
have been a rebuilding based on constructions of Herrmann); R ivista d i A rch eolog ia 3 (1979): 1 0 6 -
Domitian, but in effect it amounted to a whole new 16 (L. Ungero); R om a, a rch eo lo g ia nel centro
complex, almost a new palace. Above the Via dei (1985), 1 .176-78 (L. D Elia and S. Le Pera Bura-
Cerchi along the Circus Maximus, it was carried on nelli); B u llC om 91.2 (1986): 4 8 1 -9 8 , 5 2 6 -3 4 , 5 4 0 -
lofty substructures of brick-faced concrete, two sto 42 (M. G. Borghi et al.).
reys of arcades with a grid of piers at regular inter
vals. Although denuded and stark, these are one of Augustus (1) a d C ap ita B u b u la : see Domus, C.
the most impressive sights of the Palatine today. The Octavius.
apartments they carried must have been pleasantly
secluded and have commanded dramatic views, and Augustus (2) iuxta R om an u m foru m supra scalas
here we can put the Diaetae Mammaeae (q.v.). Pre anu larias: see Domus, C. Licinius Calvus.
sumably this part of the palace extended down to the
Via dei Cerchi, but most of it would have been built Augustus (3) (Figs. 29, 63.3): the house of Augus
in levels that stepped back along the slope, and the tus on the Palatine, which earlier belonged to the or
plan of the superstructure is entirely lost. The most ator Hortensius (q.v.), an unpretentious house in
spectacular remains are those south of the pulvinar which the porticoes had columns of peperino and the
of the hippodrome, which are not Severan but M ax- reception rooms were without marble revetment or
entian and belong to a large bath complex with fine pavements (Suetonius, Aug. 72.1). It was adja


scure and the reading of the whole difficult, it is clear

that this was an elegant but not sumptuous house of
its time. The rooms are relatively small, but not
cramped. The house seems not to have had an atrium
and combines elements of a peristyle complex with
others of a portico villa plan.
The principal rooms are arranged on a large per
istyle with peperino pillars, while others lie in a sec
ond bank behind them on at least the northeast and
northwest sides. The lighting and functioning of
these parts are obscure. Along the northeast side of
the peristyle the rooms form an elaborate symmetry
of seven members behind a row of shallow ante
chambers. Those at either end are identified as li
braries, because of the presence of a series of three
large rectangular niches in each side wall; the room
in the center is called the tablinum because of its
size (10.50 m x 6 .7 0 m). A podium (0.80 m high and
1.20 m wide) runs around three sides of the room; it
and the floor were paved with opus sectile. All these
Figure 29
D om us A ugusti, rooms seem to have been very fine and intended as
Plan, as Know n reception rooms. The rooms on the southeast side of
the peristyle include an oecus with four columns
raised on plinths, which supported an arched ceiling
cent to the Temple of Apollo Palatinus (Suetonius, dropped over the back part of the room, where din
Aug. 29 .3 ), and the house of Q. Lutatius Catulus ing couches must have been arranged. This commu
was annexed and incorporated in it (Suetonius, nicates with a small ladies dining room beside it,
G ram m . 17). decorated similarly but not en suite. In a room just
The Temple of Apollo was built on part of the southwest of this pair, the back wall has been broken
house plot struck by lightning and announced by the out, and a ramp has been constructed that leads to
haruspices to be demanded for sacred use, and, in the platform in front of the Temple of Apollo. This
consequence of this, the people voted that a new intimate connection of house and temple strengthens
house for Augustus should be erected at public ex the case for identification of the temple.
pense (Cass. Dio 4 9 .1 5 .5 ). On 13 January 2 7 B . C . the Carettoni believes that the house was abandoned
senate voted that an oak crown should be mounted after the death of Augustus and that at sometime
over the door and a laurel tree planted to either side during the first century modifications were under
(Augustus, R G 3 4 .2 ; Cass. Dio 5 3 .1 6 .4 ). Somewhere taken with a view to creating a new monumental en
in the house was a tower room that served as a pri trance for the temple. This was never completed, per
vate study that Augustus called his Syracuse and haps interrupted by the fire of Nero in a . d . 64.
tecbn yp bion (Suetonius, Aug. 72.2). It also con Thereafter, Domitian filled in the whole lower Au
tained an aedicula and an altar of Vesta (see Vesta, gustan part and raised the level to that of the temple
Ara). terrace, thus preserving much of the decoration of
The house burned, perhaps in a . d . 3, but was then the house. The decorations are of excellent Second
rebuilt (Suetonius, Aug. 5 7 .2 ; Cass. Dio 5 5 .1 2 .4 5) Style, which include small pinakes with genre scenes
and, according to Dio, at that time made state prop and large panel paintings, both landscape and nar
erty. Suetonius speaks of it in the past tense, so it rative with figures, though the subjects of the narra
may be presumed that it was destroyed in the fire of tive panels cannot be identified. They seem to repre
Nero. sent a stage nearly contemporary with the
It has recently been identified as a house northwest decorations of the Casa di Livia, possibly slightly
of the Temple of Apollo, between this and the Scalae older. The one early Third Style room must have
Caci. This was a fine house with rooms in at least been painted a decade or so later.
two storeys stepping down the slope of the Cerma- NSc 1967, 2 8 7 -3 1 9 (G. Carettoni); R om M itt 8~
lus. The rooms are decorated with fine painting in (1980): 1 3 1 -3 6 (G. Carettoni); R om M itt 90 (1983):
the late Second Pompeian Style, and while the loss of 3 7 3 - 4 1 9 (G. Carettoni); G. Carettoni, D as H aus des
large parts along the southwest front and rebuilding Augustus a u f den Palatin (Mainz 1983); CEFR 98
over much of the area have made many points ob (1987): 3 9 3 - 4 1 3 (T. P. Wiseman).


A urea (Figs. 30, 31, 6 2 ): the great imperial resi 31.1). The colossus crowned the Velia, but Hadrian Figure 3 0
moved it to a position beside the Amphitheatrum D om us A urea, Low er
dence built by Nero to replace the Domus Transito
Storey o f Rem ains
ria that burned in the fire of a . d . 64. The architects Flavium to make way for his Templum Veneris et
on the Oppius,
and engineers were Severus and Celer, famous for Romae. Van Deman and Clay have reconstructed the R estored Plan
their ability to conquer natural obstacles. It is calcu portico as arcaded and extending from the Regia
lated that its grounds covered the whole of the Pala along a straightened Sacra Via to the line of the Cli-
tine, Velia, and Oppius, extending on the Esquiline vus Palatinus, along which it branched at right
as far as the Horti Maecenatis (see Horti Maecena- angles to its original direction and ran to the Nova
tiani), which was an annex not incorporated into the Via and up the Palatine to the Area Palatina (?). Be
Domus. The end of the Caelian with the substruc hind the arcades along the street were large buildings
tures of the Templum Divi Claudii was included, and composed of forests of piers, like hypostyle halls,
the basin framed by the Oppius, Caelian, and Pala which could be subdivided and used for many differ
tine, where the Colosseum now stands. The main ap ent purposes. The court of honor around the colos
proach, from the direction of the Forum Romanum, sus would have begun at the Clivus Palatinus and run
began at, or just beyond, the Atrium Vestae. east from this. This reconstruction has been ques
The Domus Aurea was especially notable for its tioned and in some areas rests on very slight evi
landscaping. Fields and vineyards, meadows and dence, but seems right in its general concept and use
woods were populated with every sort of animal, of space. If the Domus Aurea did not come down so
wild and domesticated (Tacitus, Ann. 15.42.1). The close to the Forum Romanum, the placing of the co
centerpiece was an ornamental water, where the Col lossus and sweep of approach must be essentially
osseum now stands, like a sea surrounded by build correct.
ings in the appearance of cities (Suetonius, N ero The treatment of the Palatine and the Domus Ti-
31.1). This was fed by cascades down the slope of beriana in the Domus Aurea are enigmas. Although
the Caelian, one front of the terracing for the Tem they were included in the compound, they seem not
plum Divi Claudii being converted into a vast nym- to have been important elements and seem likely to
phaeum supplied by the Neronian branch of the have been relegated to the status of offices and guest
Aqua Claudia. houses. But large concrete foundations, including
The main approach was dominated by a colossal one on a curve, under the triclinium of the Domus
statue of the princeps, over a hundred Roman feet Augustiana, which cut through remains of the Do
high (see Colossus Solis [Neronis]), that stood in an mus Transitoria, must belong to it.
entrance court (vestibulum ) so spacious that its triple The main residence was on the Oppius, a park in
porticoes measured a mile long (Suetonius, N ero which pavilions and pleasances were scattered, many


Figure 31
D om us A u rea, Upper
Storey o f R em ains on
the Oppius over the
O ctago n C om plex
(1cm = 5.5 5 m )

independent of one another. A block incorporated remarkable, although the painted decorations in
and buried in the substructures of the Thermae some of them clearly anticipate the Fourth Pompeian
Traiani has been known since the fifteenth century Style and are executed with admirable fluency and
and has been much studied and discussed, but it is assurance.
now clear that this was not the principal wing of the In the central block, the axial room is octagonal in
palace, as had sometimes been thought, but essen plan, surrounded by radiating rooms of different
tially a work of terracing along the brow of the hill shapes, which all give to it and take their focus from
on which to set more important constructions above. it. It is roofed with a dome of concrete with a very
It is built over the remains of a large complex of hor- large oculus, perhaps the earliest true dome known,
rea and incorporates several parts of these in its fab although the dome of the Tempio di Mercurio at
ric. These are in brick-faced concrete with travertine Baiae and one in the Domus Transitoria may have
blocks at points of stress and extensive use of flat preceded it. Over the slope of the dome, light pours
arches. They must date from almost immediately be through large transom- windows into the rooms
fore the fire of 64. The Neronian structure originally around it. The room on axis to the north was a nym
consisted of at least three main blocks separated by phaeum, a cascade fed by an aqueduct brought in
two deep trapezoidal courts. One hundred and fifty just under the roof. How the suite may have been
rooms are known at least in some part. The western used is not entirely clear, but there is a strong sug
block was arranged between a colonnaded faade gestion that it was for summer dining. Because it is
and a rectangular interior peristyle with rooms in a now known that additional apartments to the south
double bank along the south and a single bank along have been lost, it is not possible to reconstruct the
the west. Along the north there is simply a crypto- whole effect accurately.
porticus. In the southern bank the rooms are planned The eastern trapezoidal court seems to have had
in a symmetry and interconnected very freely. Al essentially the same design, even to the rooms
though once handsomely finished, they are not ar around it, as the western one, and it is to be pre
chitecturally impressive. At the east side of the inte sumed that the eastern block beyond this mirrored
rior peristyle opens a magnificent nymphaeum, a the western block with its peristyle, but at the edge
large square vestibule with a line of four columns in of the Thermae Traiani the evidence gives out and
front and four in back giving to a smaller fountain certainty is impossible. However, there is ample
room embellished with rustication and mosaic. space available for the development of an eastern
Around the western trapezoidal court the large ax wing symmetrical with the western one.
ial hall, the Sala della Volta Dorata, preserves ruins Recent exploration of the roofs over the area of
of a superb decoration, but the other rooms are un the octagon room and its adjacencies has revealed


remains of an upper storey surprisingly freely The Domus Aurea was noted for decorations by
planned in relation to the lower one. Here two sym the painter Famulus (or Amulius or Fabullus), who
metrical peristyles, each of four columns on a side, painted only a few hours a day and while wearing
were surrounded by small elegant rooms of loggia his toga, even when mounted on scaffolding (Pliny,
like architecture. Behind them is a long colonnade H N 3 5 .1 2 0 ). It is presumed he was responsible for
along a splendid euripus, with walls scalloped into the creation of the Fourth Pompeian Style of deco
niches (A n alR om , supp. 10 [1983]: 1 6 9 -8 5 [L. Fab- ration, of which the existing wall paintings are an
brini]). A long rectangular room with an apse at early example. However, the quality of what survives
either end incorporated into the northeast wing of leaves much to be desired, because it is hastily exe
the peribolus of the Thermae Traiani has the same cuted and decoration in a manner and scale ill-suited
orientation and may once have belonged to the Do- to the vast and lofty apartments of the palace. One
mus. room, the Sala della Volta Dorata, is vastly superior
Suetonius singles out for comment dining pavil to the rest, but here, too, little attention is paid to the
ions with coffering of movable ivory panels so ar scale of the whole. These paintings were discovered
ranged that flowers and perfumes could be showered in the early Renaissance, and many of the rooms
on the guests, a rotunda that revolved continuously were explored and examined by the foremost artists
day and night, and baths supplied with both sea and of the time. They provided much of the basis for the
sulfur water (Suetonius, N ero 31.2). O f all these, development of the grotesque style of the early
nothing seems to remain today. sixteenth century. The collection of art with which
At the time of N eros death the Domus Aurea was Nero filled the palace was early dispersed, much
still incomplete, and Otho is known to have assigned going to adorn Vespasians Templum Pacis (Pliny,
a vast sum for its completion (Suetonius, O th o 7.1). H N 34.84). Later Trajans workmen stripped the
But it seems to have continued in use as an imperial rooms to be buried in the platform of his Thermae
residence until the fire of Trajan in 104. After Do- of their revetments and pavements of colored marble
mitian created his own palace in the Domus Augus- before filling them it. It is impossible today to iden
tiana, it must have been relegated to an inferior role, tify any of these with certainty.
but earlier it had probably been the main residence In the Renaissance the remains were known as the
of Vespasian and Titus. Palazzo di Tito, thanks to the misidentification of the
The destruction of the Domus Aurea began with Thermae Traiani as the Thermae Titi.
Vespasian, who drained the stagnum of Nero and on A. Boethius, T h e G old en H o u se o f N ero (Ann Ar
its site built the Amphitheatrum Flavium (Martial, bor, Mich. 1960), 9 4 - 1 2 8 ; MacDonald 1 .2 0 -4 6 ;
D e Spect. 2 .5 -6 ) . He also destroyed the nymphaeum Nash 1 .3 3 9 -4 8 ; M EFRA 82 (1970): 6 7 3 -7 2 2 (H.
Nero had created out of the platform of the Tem- Lavagne); PP 26 (1971): 1 5 3 -6 6 (G. Maddoli);
plum Divi Claudii and completed the temple Agrip R om M itt 81 (1974): 3 2 3 - 4 3 (H. Priickner and S.
pina had begun (Suetonius, Vesp. 9.1). Under Titus Storz); M EFRA 88 (1976): 7 1 9 -5 7 (D. Bizzari Vi-
an area west of the Oppius complex was used for the varelli); JS A H 4 0 (1981): 2 7 1 -7 8 (P. G. Warden);
Thermae Titi (q.v.), and a monumental approach to M EFRA 94 (1982): 8 4 3 -9 1 (G. Perrin); M em -
these led down to the square surrounding the Am PontA cc 14 (1982): 5 - 2 4 (L. Fabbrini); A nalR om ,
phitheatrum Flavium. After a fire in a . d . 104 (Hi- supp. 10 (1983): 1 6 9 -8 5 (L. Fabbrini), with bibli
eron. a. Abr. 2 1 2 0 ; Orosius 7 .1 2 .4 ), Trajan used ography; R endP ontA cc 58 (198586): 1 2 9 79 (L.
much of what was left of the Oppius complex in the Fabbrini); C EFR 98 (1987): 5 0 9 -4 1 (J.-L. Volsin);
creation of a platform on which to build his Thermae P alladio, n.s. 1 (1988): 1213 4 (G. Rocco); A the
and by so doing preserved extensive remains of the naeum 78 (1990): 1 8 6 -9 1 (D. Campanile).
lower storey, because to build his platform he ran a
series of heavy parallel walls through the western A u relia Severa (P IR Z A 1 6 6 7 ?): on the site of the
peristyle and out in front of the faade and filled the Thermae Diocletianae, or to the east of this, known
interior with earth. Finally in about 121 Hadrian, to from a lead pipe (G IL 15.7415).
make space for his Templum Veneris et Romae (see
Venus et Roma, Templum), moved the Colossus Ne- M . A urelius S o la n u s: on the Esquiline east of the
ronis to a place beside the Amphitheatrum Flavium Horti Maecenatis, and probably west of Via Meru-
and destroyed the entrance court of the Domus. lana, known from a lead pipe (C IL 15.7409).
Large parts of the approaches seem already to have
given way to the Horrea Piperataria (q.v.); perhaps A vianus V in d ician u s (P L R E 1.9 6 8 ): on the Quir-
they were sacrificed a little at a time to more impor inal (?) (C IL 6 .3 1 0 0 5 ); he also had property along
tant public needs. the Tiber, perhaps southwest of the Mausoleum Au-

D O M U S : T . A V ID IU S Q U IE T U S

gusti, known from inscriptions on a lead pipe (C IL is provided with a hypocaust system; it lies to the
15.7399). He was Consularis Campaniae and Vicar- right of the present church.
ius Urbis Romae in a . d . 378. N Sc 1900, 1 2 -1 4 , 2 3 0 (G. Gatti); Nash 1 .3 4 9 -
T. Avidius Quietus (1): on the Esquiline just out
side the Porta Esquilina (B u llC om 5 [1877]: 6 6 -7 5 Caecilius Capito: known from a lead pipe (C IL
[C. L. Visconti]). 15.7419) found west of Via Lata in the vicinity of
the Hadrianeum.
T. Avidius Quietus (2) {PIR1 A 1410): on the Quir-
inal, where a nymphaeum with pipes bearing his Q. Caecilius Metellus Celer: on the Palatine (Ci
name was found (C IL 15.7400). This man was gov cero, C ael. 18). This was the house of the consul of
ernor of Thrace in a . d . 82, and two other pipes bear 60 B .C ., the husband of Clodia and friend and neigh
ing his name are recorded, but without clear prov bor of Cicero. It was next-door to the house of Ca-
enience. tulus (Cicero, C ael. 59) on the Clivus Victoriae.

Balbinus: on the Carinae (S.H.A. B albinus 16.1), Q. Caecilius Metellus Numidicus: on the Pala
said to be large and impressive. tine (Cicero, D e Or. 2.2 6 3 ). This was the house of
the consul of 109 B .C .
Baronia Iusta: on the Esquiline, known from a lead
pipe (C IL 15.7416). Caecina Decius Albinus (P LR E 1 .3 5 -3 6 ): on the
southwest side of the Aventine near the church of
L. Bellienus: a house that was burned in the funeral S. Alessio, known from inscriptions of the fourth
of Julius Caesar (Cicero, Phil. 2 .9 1 ), presumably century, one of which was on a lead pipe (CIL
near the southeast end of the Forum Romanum, per 6 .1 1 9 2 = IL S 7 9 6 ; C IL 1 5.7420). He was praefectus
haps in the area later occupied by the Temple of An urbi in a . d . 402.
toninus and Faustina. The owner is otherwise un
known. Caecina Largus: see Domus: L. Crassus, M .
Betitius Perpetuus Arzygius (P L R E 1.6 8 9 ): under
the Palazzo delle Esposizioni on the Quirinal, the Caelia Galla: see Domus, M aecius Blandus.
house of the Corrector Siciliae under Constantine
( a . d . 3 1 5 -3 3 0 ). M . Caelius Rufus (praetor 48 B . C . ) : on the Pala

N Sc 1888, 4 9 3 - 9 6 (C. Hlsen). tine, not far from the houses of Cicero and Crassus
(Cicero, Cael. 18). In fact, the insula belonged to P.
Q . Blaesius Iustus: on the Esquiline (?), known Clodius (see Domus, P. Clodius), and Caelius rented
from a lead pipe (C IL 15.7418) bearing his name only a part of it (Cicero, Cael. 17).
and that of P. Aelius Romulus Augg. lib. It belongs
to the end of the second century. C. Caelius Saturninus (P L R E 1.866), C. Caelius
Urbanus (P LR E 1 .9 8 3 ): a house of the fourth cen
Bruttius Praesens (PIR2 B 164): in Regio III (Cur., tury located east of Via Lata just north of Piazza
N ot.) listed after the Ludi (Magnus, Matutinus) and della Pilotta, known from inscriptions (C IL 6 .1704,
before the Summum Choragium, so presumably in 1705 = IL S 1214, 1215). Urbanus was the son of Sa
the immediate vicinity of the Colosseum. This Brut turninus.
tius may have been the consul of a . d . 180 or a de
scendant of his. C. Iulius Caesar: Caesars first house, a modest
one, in the Subura (Suetonius, Iul. 46). Cicero (A tt.
Caecilii: According to the story of her martyrdom 12.45) in May 45 B .C . called Caesar a neighbor of
under M . Aurelius, Saint Caecilia was tortured for Atticus, Quirinus, and Salus, which suggests that he
three days in an overheated bathroom in her family had moved from the Domus Publica (q.v.), to which
house. Excavation under the church of the saint in he was entitled as pontifex maximus, and returned
the Trastevere (1 8 9 9 -1 9 0 0 ) brought to light sub to his former house, or perhaps a new one on the
stantial remains of the second century mingled with Quirinal. We may incline to the latter.
earlier walls, as well as some later masonry and
coarse mosaic pavements of the third or fourth cen Caesetius Rufus: a handsome house near that of
tury. These seem in part to have been a tannery with Fulvia, the wife of M ark Antony, who coveted it and
seven cylindrical vats, in part residential. One room procured the proscription of its owner to obtain it


(Appian, B ellC iv 4 .2 9 ; Val. M ax. 9.5.4). It may well dence in the southwest quadrant of the hill. This
be that the house of Fulvia in question was that of house is often identified as the house of Catulus, but
Antony on the Palatine. This was later given to the adjective then should be C atuliana.
Agrippa and Messalla Corvinus jointly and burned
in 25 B .C . (Cass. Dio 5 3 .27.5 ). Had it been enlarged Q. Lutatius Catulus (cos. 78 B .C ., cens. 65 B . C .) :
by the addition of this second house, this joint own an unusually fine house, one of the greatest of its pe
ership would be more understandable. However, see riod (Pliny, H N 17.2), on the Palatine between the
Vicus Caeseti. house of Caecilius Metellus Celer (Cicero, Cael. 59)
and the Porticus Catuli (q.v.). It must have stood on
Calistus (Calixtus, Callixtus): the house of the the Clivus Victoriae.
second century pope ( a . d . 217222) and martyr in
the Transtiberim in the vicinity of the Castra Raven- Ceionius Rufius Volusianus: see Domus,
natium, according to the L ib er Pontificalis (VZ Lampadius.
2 .2 24). Because Calistus was the founder of the
church of S. M aria in Trastevere, the nearby church Censorinus: see Domus, M . Cicero.
of S. Callisto, which is very ancient, is believed to
mark the site of his house (HCh 234). Censorinus Tyrannus (PIR 2 C 65 6 ): on the Quir-
M EFRA 96 (1984): 1 0 3 9 -8 3 (G. N. Verrando). inal south of Alta Semita, an especially beautiful
house next to the Templum Gentis Flaviae. It prob
Q . C an u siu s P raen estinu s (P IR 2 C 4 0 2 ): on ably fronted on the street represented by Via delle
the Esquiline near S. M aria Maggiore, known from Quattro Fontane (S.H.A. Tyr. Trig. 33.6).
a lead pipe (C IL 15.7423). He was consul suffectus
ca. a . d . 157 and is mentioned in several inscrip M . Tullius Cicero: on the northwest side of the Pal
tions. atine, on the Clivus Victoriae overlooking the Forum
Romanum, in con spectu p ro p e totius urbis (Cicero,
Carminia Liviana Diotima (PIR 2 C 4 4 2 ): Her D om . 100). It was between the Porticus Catuli (q.v.)
name occurs in conjunction with several others on a and the house of Q. Seius Postumus (Cicero, D om .
large lead pipe of the late second or early third cen 103, 1 1 4 -1 6 ). Cicero bought it in 62 B .C . for 3.5
tury, found just under the Aurelian Walls between million sesterces from M . Crassus, presumably the
Porta Tiburtina and Porta Labicana (C IL 15.7424a). triumvir (Cicero, F am . 5 .6 .2 ); to pay for it he bor
There is then no way of telling more precisely where rowed 2 million sesterces from P. Sulla (A. Gellius
her house may have been. 12.12). The site had previously been occupied by the
house of M. Livius Drusus, and Ciceros house was
Spurius Cassius (cos. 5 02 , 4 9 3 , 4 8 6
B .C .) : on the later occupied by L. Marcius Censorinus, cos. 39
Carinae, the precinct of the Temple of Tellus. After B .C ., and Statilius Sisenna, cos. a . d . 16 (Veil. Pat.
Cassius was put to death for treason in 485 B .C ., 2 .1 4 .3 ). After Cicero went into exile Clodius burned
his house was pulled down and the temple erected his house and used parts of the site to enlarge the
on part of the site (Livy 2 .4 1 .1 1 ; Cicero, D om . Porticus Catuli and build a monument to Libertas
101; Dion. Hal. 8 .7 9 ; Val. M ax. 6.3.1b ). The sug (Cicero, D om . 116). After Ciceros recall he under
gestion is that Cassiuss had been an impressive man took legal proceedings and recovered the site and
sion. damages that covered the rebuilding at least in part
(Cicero, Att. 4 .2 .5 ; Cass. Dio 39.11).
Cassius Argillus: probably fictional, supposed to
have been a house pulled down by order of the sen Q . Tullius Cicero (1): on the Carinae, a house that
ate after its owner advised making peace with Han had belonged to Ciceros father. It was near, possibly
nibal following the Battle of Cannae (Servius a d Aen. adjacent to, the Temple of Tellus (Cicero, QFr. 2.3.7,
8.345). The story was used to explain the name of Har. R esp. 31).
the Argiletum.
Q. Tullius Cicero (2): a Domus Luciniana (or Li-
L. Sergius Catilina (praetor 68 probably the
B .C .) : ciniana) rented for Quintus in 56 B .C . while his own
C atulina dom u s mentioned by Suetonius (G ram m . house was occupied by tenants (Cicero, QFr. 2.3.7).
17) on the Palatine, to which Verrius Flaccus moved
his school when he was appointed tutor to the Q. Tullius Cicero (3): a house near that of his
grandsons of Augustus. It was described as pars Pal- brother Marcus on the Palatine, which adherents of
atii, which must mean it had become part of the im Clodius set on fire in 5 7 (Cicero, Att. 4 .3 .2 , QFr.
perial enclave and can be located with some confi 2 .4 .2 , 2.5 .3 ). It may have been adjacent to the house

D O M U S : L. F A B I U S C I L O

of Marcus at the back, because Cicero says that the barrel-vaulted rooms opening on three sides of a
two brothers would be con tu bern ales when it was large rectangular court, and under the apse was a
finished, and we know that M arcuss house was large private house of insula character. The horreum
flanked by other buildings to either side. antedates the fire of Nero in a . d . 64, whereas the
house dates from the end of the first century. In the
L. Fabius Cilo (PIR 1 F 2 7 ): listed by the regionary third century a Mithraeum was built into one room
catalogues in Regio X II and the name inscribed on a of the house (see Mithraeum Domus Clementis).
lead pipe found near the church of S. Balbina on the Both buildings are of excellent architecture, and the
Aventinus M inor (C IL 1 5.7447). It was a present house had fine decorations.
from Septimius Severus to his friend and praefectus Nash 1.3 5 3 -5 6 with plan.
urbi in a . d . 2 0 4 (Aur. Viet., Epit. 20.6). It is believed
that remains of several periods, but especially Ha- P. Clodius Pulcher: a house on the Palatine on the
drianic, in the vicinity of the church are all parts of Clivus Victonae, near that of Cicero. Part of it was a
an extensive and opulent residence, but these are too house that originally belonged to Q. Seius Postumus,
fragmentary for any certainty. Cf. also the Marble an eques Romanus; this must have stood between
Plan (FUR frag. 6 7 7 , p. 157 and pi. 5 9 ; Rodriguez Clodiuss original house and Ciceros. When Cicero
pi. 1). went into exile, Clodius offered to buy Seiuss house
Nash 1.352. but was refused, after which Clodius threatened to
block off Seiuss light, presumably by construction
Claudii: on the Quirinal near the Thermae Con- of a wall (Cicero, D om . 115-16). Cicero accuses
stantinianae and the modern crossing of Via Nazion- him of then having poisoned Seius and bought his
ale and Via Mazzarino, where lead pipes have been house at auction at an exorbitant price in order
found inscribed with the names of T. Flavius Clau to construct there and on additional land taken
dius Claudianus (PIR 2 F 238) and Claudia Vera from Ciceros a magnificent portico 300 feet
(PIR2 C 1131) (C IL 1 5 .7 4 5 0 , 7434). They belong to long.
the period IIIII after Christ. Cf. also Balineum Clau-
dianum. M . Cocceius N erva (PIR 2 C 1225): A lead pipe
bearing his name was found on the Esquiline (C IL
Appius Claudius: mentioned by Livy (3.49.5), in 15.7437), but, because the grandfather of the em
reporting the events of 449 B .C ., as being close to the peror was curator aquarum in a . d . 2 4 33 (Fron-
Forum Romanum. tinus, A q. 2.102), this might have been pipe laid in
connection with his office, rather than a supply line
Appius Claudius Martialis (PIR 1 C 9 3 1 ): known for his house.
from a lead pipe found in the sixteenth century in an
area corresponding to the western part of the Palazzo Com m odiana: A Domus Palatina Commodiana is
del Quirinale (C IL 1 5.7427). The owner was pro mentioned once, for 22 October a . d . 180 (S.H.A.
praetor of Thrace in a . d . 161169. C om m od u s 12.7). This was apparently simply a flat
tering renaming of the Domus Augustiana, because
Ti. Claudius Centumalus: a house on the Caelian it came at the beginning of his reign, and no work of
that Claudius Centumalus was ordered to demolish importance in the imperial residence can be ascribed
because its height interfered with the sight lines of to him.
the augurs taking observations from the arx. He then
sold it to P. Calpurnius Lanarius but was condemned Cornelia Tauri f. T. Axi (uxor) (PIR 2 C 1477): on
for fraud (Cicero, O ff. 3 .6 6 ; Val. M ax. 8.2.1). The the Quirinal, known from a lead pipe (C IL 15.7440)
house seems to have stood in the area of the precinct found in building Via Nazionale, just east of Via dei
of the Templum Divi Claudii. Serpenti. This woman was evidently the adoptive
daughter of a Statilius Taurus, perhaps T. Statilius
Clemens: The church of S. Clemente is built over Sisenna Taurus, cos. a . d . 16. Her husband is un
the remains of the saints house. It is mentioned al known. The family had a brilliant record in the early
ready on a slaves collar of the Constantinian period Julio-Claudian period but disappears after the mid-
(C IL 15.7192). Presbyters of the titulus church took first century.
part in the synods of 4 9 9 and 5 9 5 . Excavations
under the lower church have brought to light two Cornelia L. f. Volusi Saturnini (uxor) (PIR2 C
buildings: under the nave was a horreum with 1476): known from a lead pipe found south of the


great exedra of the Thermae Diocletiani (CIL which time they were more than 180 years old (Pliny,
15.7441). The family of her husband had a brilliant H N 1 7 .3 -6 ). Whether the fishponds where he kept
record beginning under Augustus and running to the his famous lampreys (Aelian, NA 8.4.1) were part of
end of the first century. this house, or rather a villa, is unknown. Because of
the marble columns M. Iunius Brutus called Crassus
Cornelii Fronto et Quadratus: Lead pipes in the Palatine Venus (Pliny, H N 36.7). The house
scribed with these names come from the vicinity of came to Crassus by inheritance, probably from his
the Auditorium Maecenatis on the Esquiline (C IL father; it later was the property of Caecina Largus,
15.7438). Fronto may be the tutor of Marcus Aure cos. a . d . 42.
lius and Lucius Verus (P IR 2 C 1364, 1426).
M . Licinius Crassus Dives (cos. 70 b . c . , cens. 65

L. Cornelius Pusio {PIR 1 C 14 2 5 ): probably where (1): a house on the Palatine not far from the
B .C .)

an inscription (C IL 6.3170 6 ) and fragments of a house that M. Caelius Rufus rented from P. Clodius
bronze portrait statue were found on the Quirinal Pulcher (Cicero, C ael. 9, 18).
near the Banca dltalia toward the southwest end of
Via Nazionale. This man was commander of the six M . Licinius Crassus Dives (2): the house bought
teenth legion in the time of Claudius. by Cicero in 62 B .C . on the Clivus Victoriae, on the
northwest side of the Palatine. Crassus had vast deal
Sex. Cornelius Repentinus {PIR2 C 1428): known ings in real estate and built for himself only the house
from a lead pipe (C IL 15.7439) found on the Aven- in which he lived. The rest were built simply for sale
tine near the church of S. Alessio and identified as in the market (Plutarch, Crassus 2 .4 -5 ).
praefectus praetorio, an office he held at the end of
the reign of Antoninus Pius. M . Curius Dentatus (cos. 2 9 0 , 2 7 5 , 2 7 4 b .c .) :
given to him by the people (together with five hun
Cornificia: listed in the regionary catalogues in Re dred iugera of land outside the city) after his triumph
gio X II after the Cohors IV Vigilum and before the over the Samnites in 2 9 0 b . c . It was ap u d tifatam
Privata Hadriani, and known also from a lead pipe (Paulus ex Fest. 43L ; [Aur. Viet.,] D e Vir. III. 33.10),
of unknown provenience (C IL 15.7442). The house and according to Festus (503L) a tifata was a grove
was probably between the barracks of the vigiles of ilex or holm oak, the word probably dialect and
(see Cohortes Vigilum, Stationes, IIII) and the Vicus of pre-Roman origin. This is supposed to have given
Portae Raudusculanae. The Cornificia in question rise to the name Tifata Curia, although the adjective
may have been Annia Cornificia (PIR2 A 708), from Curius ought to be Curiana. It seems at least
the younger sister of Marcus Aurelius, who married possible that the story of Curiuss house was an in
M. Ummidius Quadratus, cos. a . d . 167 (PIR' V vention to explain the name Tifata Curia, which was
601), but on her tiles she is called Annia Faustina a sacred precinct of some sort that included holm
[C IL 15.731). It might also be his daughter (PIR2 C oaks. Its location is unknown.
B u llC om 19 (1891): 2 1 0 -1 6 (R. Lanciam); Dapbnis: a house p rim ae . . . in lim ine Tectae, in
R m M itt 7 (1892): 296 (C. Hlsen). a .d . 88 the residence of Julius Martialis (Martial
3 .5 .5 -6 ), but formerly the house of an otherwise un
Cosmus Aug. lib. a rationibus (PIR2 C 1535): identified Daphnis (PIR 2 D 8). One Via Tecta seems
known from a lead pipe (C IL 1 5.7443 = ILS 1476) to have led from the neighborhood of the Tarentum
found in remains of a building of the early second across tl e Campus Martius toward the Forum Ro-
century near S. Sabina on the Aventine. manum Seneca, A p oco l. 13), possibly the same
street that later became the Porticus M aximae. A sec
L. Crassus (cos. 95 b . c . , cens. 92 b . c . ) : the house ond may have been a colonnade along part of the Via
on the Palatine of the distinguished orator of the Appia in the vicinity of the Temple of M ars, or a
years 118-91 B .C ., famous for its elegance and lux colonnade leading from the Via Appia to the Temple
ury. It was the first house in Rome to have marble of Mars. Possibly it was also known as the Ambula-
columns. Six of Hymettus marble, originally used to tio Crassipedis (Cicero, QFr. 3.7 .8 ). The former Via
ornament a stage during Crassuss aedileship, were Tecta is more likely to be meant here, but it is impos
employed in the atrium. It also boasted six excep sible to determine where it began. The end near the
tional lotus trees of broad spreading branches that city would be indicated, possibly just beyond the Pe-
survived until the great fire of Nero in a . d . 64, at tronia Amnis.

D O M U S : D I A D U M E N U S A U G . L. A L I B E L L I S

Diadumenus Aug. 1. a libellis (P IR 2 D 6 5): known Sex. Erucius Clarus (PIR 2 E 9 6): known from a
from a lead pipe (C IL 15.7444) of the mid-first cen lead pipe found in the Campus Viminalis sub aggere
tury found on the Caelian near the Ospedale Militare (C IL 15 .7 4 4 5 ), therefore beyond the Servian Walls.
del Celio. It is impossible to identify him or his house A man of this name mentioned by Aulus Gellius
more precisely. (13.18.2) was twice consul and praefectus urbi, con
sul for the second time in a . d . 146. He is said to have
Dio: listed in the N otitia in Regio X after the Aedes been an earnest student of ancient literature and old
Iovis and before the Curia Vetus. It may have been customs.
situated on the northwest slope of the Palatine, but
there is no way of identifying Dio. Faberius (scriba): on the Aventine (Vitruvius 7.9.2),
famous because the walls of the peristyle, painted
Domitiana: the house of Cn. Domitius Ahenobar- with cinnabar, turned black.
bus {PIR 2 D 127), the father of Nero, on the Sacra
Via, in front of which the Fratres Arvales offered sac Fabia Paulina: see Domus, Vettius Agorius
rifices to his memory during the principate of Nero Praetextatus.
(C IL 6 .3 2 3 5 2 , 2 0 4 1 .2 5 , 2042d ; IL S 2 2 9 , 230). The
house must have stood on the slope of the Velia lead Fabius Fortunatus (PIR 2 F 3 4 ): a house on the Cli-
ing up from the Forum, near, perhaps opposite, the vus Capsarius (q.v.) in A ventino M aiore, mentioned
Temple of the Penates (see Penates, Aedes) men in a fragment of the Acta Arvalia for a . d . 2 4 0 , when
tioned in C IL 6.2042d = IL S 2 3 0 . Possibly he had Fabius was promagister (NSc 1914, 4 7 3 -7 4 [G.
inherited the house from his father (cf. Seneca, Con- Mancini and O. Marucchi] = IL S 9522).
trov. 9.4.18).
L. Fabius Gallus (PIR 2 F 3 5 ): a name found in
Cn. Domitius Calvinus (PIR2 D 139): a house on scribed on five lead pipes found in Via degli Anni-
the Velia to which baths were added in the principate baldi, the continuation of Via dei Serpenti, between
of Augustus. For space for these baths (baln eatio), Via Cavour and the Colosseum, and on two found
an ancient shrine (sacellum ) of Mutunus Tutunus under the Ministero delle Finanze in Via X X Set-
had to be removed (Festus 142L). The baths may tembre on the Quirinal (C IL 15.7449). Probably his
be those built during the owners consulship men house was on the Carinae, but he may have been cu
tioned in a sally of Vallius Syriacus (Seneca, C ontrov. rator aquarum.
C. Fabricius: see Compitum Fabricium.
Elpidius: on the Caelian, known from a slaves col
lar (C IL 15.7190). Faecenia Hispala: A libertina, neighbor of P. Ae-
butius (see Domus, Aebutii), her house was evidently
E n n iu s: The house of the great republican poet was on the Aventine (Livy 3 9 .9 .5 - 6 ; 1 1 .3 ; 14.3).
on the Aventine and was said to have been very
simple, with the services of a single maidservant (Hi- Fausta (P L R E 1.32526): mentioned once in a .d .
eron. a. Abr. 1777). Varro (Ling. 5.1 6 3 ), in listing 313 (Optatus Milevitanus, D e Schism ate D onatisto-
the names of the gates of the Servian Walls, quotes rum 1.23 [Migne 1 1 .9 3 1 ]); it seems to have been an
Porcius Licinus as saying Ennius lived in Tutilinae apartment in the Domus Lateranorum.
loca. Because Tutilina was one of the gods worshiped R endP ontA cc 43 (1 9 7 0 -7 1 ): 2 0 7 -2 2 (V. Santa
on the spina in the Circus Maximus (Tertullian, D e Maria Scrinari); A rcbC l 2 4 (1972): 3 8 6 92 (M.
S p ed . 8), we can with confidence place Enniuss Guarducci).
house on the northeast slope of the Aventinus Minor
toward the Porta Capena. Flamen Quirinalis: At the time of the sack of Rome
by the Gauls, the house of the Flamen Quirinalis was
Equitius: on the Esquiline, a titulus church founded in the Velabrum by the Doliola (q.v.), but it is not
by Pope Silvester I (3 1 4 -3 3 5 ), originally called S. Sil- clear whether this was an official residence. It seems
vestri, enlarged by Pope Symmachus (4 9 8 -5 1 4 ) with an odd place for any official residence and very odd
the addition of a church of S. M artino, which in time for the Flamen Quirinalis (cf. Livy 5.4 0 .8 ).
became S. M artino ai M onti. The name of S. Silves-
tro falls into disuse only after the tenth century (HCh Flaminia or Aedes Flaminiae: the house of the
3 8 2 -8 3 ). Flamen Dialis (Paulus ex Fest. 79L ; A. Gellius


1 0 .15.7; Servius a d Aen. 2 .5 7 and 8.363). It was on M . Fulvius Flaccus: on the Clivus Victoriae on the
the Palatine (Cass. Dio 54 .2 4 .2 ) but cannot be more northwest side of the Palatine, destroyed after the
precisely located. murder of Fulvius Flaccus in 121 B .C . The Porticus
Catuli (q.v.) was then erected on the site (Cicero,
Flavius Eugenius Asellus (P L R E 2 .1 6 4 ): on the D om . 102, 114; Val. M ax. 6.3.1c).
Capitoline. He was comes sacrorum largitionum in
a .d. 4 69 (Sid. Apoll., Epist. 1.7.4) and later praefec- C. Fulvius Plautianus {PIR 2 F 5 5 4 ): on the north
tus urbi (C IL 6.1668). west slope of the Quirinal north of the Giardini del
Quirinale, known from two water pipes (NSc 1902,
T. Flavius Claudius Claudianus: see Domus, 1 3 2 -3 3 [G. G atti]; 1903, 2 0 [G. G atti]). This was
Claudii. the close friend and fellow townsman of Septimius
Severus, the father-in-law of Caracalla.
T. Flavius Sabinus (P1R2 F 3 5 2 ): the house of the
brother of Vespasian on the Quirinal between Alta Gaiana: see Domus Tiberiana.
Semita and Vicus Longus. It is vaguely located by the
discovery of a cippus in Villa Sadoleti near the Galera Fundana (PIR 2 G 3 3 ): the house of the
church of S. Susanna and by a lead pipe found near wife of Vitellius, somewhere on the Aventine (Taci
the juncture of Via X X Settembre and Via Firenze tus, Hist. 3.7 0 ). This is probably the same as the
(Tacitus, Hist. 3 .6 9 ; C IL 6 .2 9 7 8 8 = /LS 5988 and house of Vitelliuss father, which Suetonius (Vit. 16)
C IL 15.7451). Its proximity to the Templum Gentis also places on the Aventine.
Flaviae (see Gens Flavia, Templum) is probably es
pecially significant. M . Torelli has proposed that Gelotiana: a house on the Palatine overlooking the
a splendid wall mosaic in the Fourth Pompeian Circus Maximus, from which Caligula inspected prep
Style, probably remains of a sumptuous nym- arations in the circus (Suetonius, Calig. 18; C IL
phaeum, found under the barracks of the Corazzieri 6.8 6 6 3 ). The origin of the name is uncertain, and it
in attendance on the president of Italy north of the is not clear whether this was incorporated in the D o
juncture of Via X X Settembre and Via di S. Nicola mus Augustiana.
Tolentino, originally belonged to the house of Flav
ius Sabinus. This seems not unlikely. Geminia Bassa (PIR 2 G 15 7 ): known from a lead
R om a sep olta (show catalogue, Rome 1984), pipe of the beginning of the third century (C IL
1 4 6 -5 5 (F. Coarelli). 15.7463) found just inside the Porta Viminalis.

T. Flavius Salinator: known from a lead pipe (C IL Genuius M arinianus (PIR 2 G 166): known from
15.7452) found to the east of the house of T. Flavius a lead pipe of the mid-third century (C IL 15.7464)
Sabinus on the Quirinal. found probably southeast of the church of S. Maria
Maggiore on the Mons Cispius.
T. Flavius Tiberianus: known from a lead pipe of
the second century (C IL 15.7453) found on the Es- G . . . Ar . . . T . . . Germanianus (P L R E
quiline near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele at the corner 1.3 9 2 ): known from a lead pipe of the fourth or fifth
of Via Cattaneo (formerly Via Mazzini) and Via Na- century (C IL 15.7462) found on the Quirinal at the
poleone III. The house appears later to have be southeast corner of the Thermae Constantinianae
longed to M. Tuticius Capito. near the Banca dltalia.

Flavius Vedius Antoninus {PIR 2 F 3 9 2 ): known G erm an icu s (P IR 2 1 2 2 1 ): the house of the father of
from a lead pipe of the second or third century (C IL Caligula, on the Palatine, mentioned by Josephus
15.7456) found on the Quirinal near the Ministero (A ntlud 19.1.15 [117]). It was part of the imperial
delle Finanze. compound and contiguous to the Domus Gaiana. It
may have been part of the northeast wing of the pal
Fronto: see Domus, Cornelii Fronto et ace overlooking Nova Via, but certainty is impos
Quadratus, Domus H oratiana, H orti sible.
M aecenatiani.
Gregorius M agnus: on the end of the Caelian op
Fulvia: see Domus, Caesetius Rufus and posite the Domus, Iohannes et Paulus (q.v.) on the
Domus, M . Antonius. Clivus Scauri. This was the family home of the Anicii

d o m u s : (h )a t e r i u s l a t r o n i a n u s

Petronii (cf. P L R E 1 .7 3 2 33) to which Gregory be luxury. It was without marbles or splendid pave
longed, and in it he founded a church of Saint An ments, and the porticoes were of peperino. Its iden
drew and a monastery, ca. a . d . 580. By the tenth tification with the Casa di Augusto at the top of the
century the monastery is called Monasterium Sanc Scalae Caci, between this and the Aedes Apollinis
torum Andreae et Gregorii, and after 1000 the Palatini, is very attractive and widely accepted today,
church becomes that of S. Gregorio. There are nu although positive proof is lacking. See Domus, Au
merous remains of antiquity in the vicinity of the gustus (3).
present church of S. Gregorio Magno. Among those G. Carettoni, D as H aus d es Augustus a u f dem Pal
closest to the Clivus Scauri is an apsidal building of atin (Mainz 1983).
masonry faced with brick that Lugli (Lugli 1946,
3 8 6 -8 7 ) suggests may be the Bibliotheca Agapeti Iohannes et Paulus (Fig. 3 2 ): the house in which
founded by Pope Agapetus I (5 3 5 -5 3 6 ), the dedica two army officers, Saints John and Paul, were mar
tory inscription for which survives. This was to col tyred under Julian, situated on the slope of the Cae-
lect and preserve the history and literature of early lian just southwest of the precinct of the Templum
Christianity in Rome. Near the church there is also a Divi Claudii on the Clivus Scauri. The site is now
source of excellent water, which is almost certainly marked by the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo. Ex
the Fons Camenarum (see Camenae). cavations under the church have brought to light a
good-sized private house of insula type of the second
(H)aterius Latronianus (P IR 2 H 2 8 ): known from century, enlarged by the addition of parts of at least
a lead pipe of the middle or late second century (C/L two others and remodeled in the third and fourth
15.7467) found at the north (?) corner of the Minis- centuries. In this was established the Titulus Byzan-
tero delle Finanze on Via X X Settembre (Quirinal). tis, probably in the second half of the third century,
The tomb of Q. Haterius was found nearby in the and the senator Pammuchius is responsible for
foundations of the Porta Nomentana (Porta Pia) of founding the basilica in 4 1 0 . Upward of thirty rooms
the Aurelian Walls (see Sepulcrum Q. Haterii). have been discovered. They include an entrance
court with a nymphaeum (A), large vaulted rooms of
L. Hermonius Iustus: see Stabula IIII irregular shape with painted decorations, baths,
Factionum. storerooms, and stairs. The main part of the house
once had at least three storeys, which can be traced
Homullus: mentioned once in S.H.A. (Ant. Pius on the south faade (Nash 1.358, fig. 43 4 ), the lower
11.8) and notable for its porphyry columns, prob storey being arcaded on the faade (originally with
ably the house of M . Valerius Homullus, cos. a . d . shops behind), the others windowed. The painted
152 (P IR ! V 6 1 ). decorations are of the highest interest and include
pagan subjects (Proserpina and other divinities) and
H oratiana: mentioned by the scholiast on Juvenal vaguely Christian ones (orant, philosopher). The se
1.12 (Frontonis plan tan i con v o lsa qu e m arm ora cla quence of constructions here is complicated, and the
m ant): in H oratian a d o m o , in qu a p o e ta e recitabant. use and reuse of the various apartments is impossible
No Horatius Fronto is known, nor is a Fronto to sort out completely.
of Juvenals day who would have lived in a house Nash 1 .3 5 7 -6 1 .
that had once belonged to the poet Horace. The
house Juvenal describes is sumptuous. Some people Iulia Vitalis: known from an inscribed lead pipe
have supposed that the Fronto meant by Juvenal was (C/L 15.7480) found on the Esquiline at the corner
Catius Fronto, a noted orator of the time of Ves of Viale Principe Amedeo (formerly Viale Principessa
pasian (Pliny, Epist. 4 .9 .1 5 ; 6.1 3 .3 ), but there is no Margherita) and Via Cattaneo (formerly Via Maz-
indication that he might have lived in Horaces zini).
Iulii Cefalii (PIR 2 I 1 2 5 4 ): known from an in
A. Hortensius Licinianus: Lead pipes with his scribed lead pipe (C/L 15.7472) found a little north
name belonging to the late second or early third cen of the Aqua Antoniniana, about halfway between
tury (C/L 15.7469) were found on the right bank of the Porta Ardeatina and Porta Appia.
the Tiber, upstream from the Mausoleum Hadriani.
C . Iulius Avitus: known from a lead pipe (C/L
Q. Hortensius Hortalus (cos. 69 the great
B .C .) : 15.7471) found on the Viminal under the Teatro
orator and rival of Cicero. His house on the Palatine Costanzi. He may have been the husband of Iulia
was purchased by Octavian (Suetonius, Aug. 72) and Maesa (PIR 2 1 190).
is said to have been conspicuous for neither size nor


D O M U S : LA T E R A N I

Figure 3 2
D om us, Iohannes et
Paulus, Plan o f the
l=~l Buildings Excavated
r~1 Eta dei Flavi 3 Eta dei Seven Seconda meta del IV secolo'
1 Fine III o principio IV I ~~1 Avanzi non piu visibili under the C hurch o f
Eta di Adriano
secolo Santi G iovanni e Paolo

Iulius Martialis {PIR 2 I 4 1 1 ): at the head of Via Laeca: see Domus, M . Porcius Laeca.
Tecta (Martial 3 .5 .5 ), probably the street in the
Campus Martius, rather than that associated with M . Laelius Fulvius M aximus (PIR2 L 5 3 ): known
the Aedes Martis on Via Appia, and probably near from an inscribed lead pipe (C IL 15.7483) found at
the Circus Flaminius end, rather than the Tarentum the north corner of the Ministero delle Finanze on
(cf. Seneca, A p ocol. 13.1). the Quirinal. He may be the consul of a . d . 227.

Iulius Pompeius Rusonianus (PIR 2 1 4 7 6 ): known Lamiae: see H orti Lamiani.

from three inscribed lead pipes (C IL 15.7475) found
under the Teatro Nazionale on the southwest slope C. Ceionius Rufius Volusianus Lampadius
of the Quirinal. He is probably the quindecimvir of (P LR E 1.9 7 8 8 0): near the Thermae Constanti-
the Severan period (C IL 6 p. 3261). nianae on the Quirinal (Collis Salutaris) (Amm.
M arc. 27 .3 .8 ). Lampadius was praefectus urbi in
Iulius Proculus (PIR 2 I 5 0 0 ): low on the Palatine, a . d . 366.

evidently on the east side of the so-called Clivus Pal-

atinus, near the north corner of the present Vigna y 'L ateran i: a house lying in part under the baptistery
Barberini, said by M artial (1.70) to be an imposing of S. Giovanni in Laterano. This was presented to T.
house of splendid architecture. Sextius Lateranus (P IR 1 S 4 6 9 ), cos. a . d . 197, by
Septimius Severus and is identified by an inscribed
Iunia Procula: known from a lead pipe (C IL lead pipe (Aur. Viet., Epit. 2 0 ; C IL 1 5.7536). It is
15.7482) found in a fountain southeast of the great probable that it was on the site of the sumptuous
fountain of the Aqua Iulia in Piazza Vittorio Eman- house of Plautius Lateranus, cos. des. a . d . 65, who
uele. The pyramidal form of the fountain suggests was executed for complicity in the Pisonian conspir
that it belonged to a private house. acy (Tacitus, Ann. 1 5 .6 0 ; Juvenal 10.17). Later the
house evidently returned to imperial ownership, for
Iunius (PIR 2 1 7 2 2 ): the house of a senator situated Constantine presented it to Pope Miltiades in a . d .
on the Caelian (Tacitus, Ann. 4 .6 4 .3 ), otherwise un 313, after which it became the official residence of
known. It was remarkable because a likeness of Ti the popes and remained such until 1305 and the Bab
berius in the house survived unscathed when the hill ylonian captivity at Avignon.
burned in a . d . 27. Careful excavations begun in 1962 and continuing
to 1968 in connection with the restoration of the
Iunius Bassus: see Basilica Iunii Bassi. baptistery of S. Giovanni in Laterano, although lim

D O M U S : LE N A E U S

ited in area, revealed a building sequence that goes Pelliccioni); M EFRA 100 (1988): 891-915 (P. Liv-
far to illuminate the history of this property. In the erani).
lowest level were found walls faced with opus reti-
culatum characteristic of the first half of the first cen Lenaeus (P IR 1 P 467): A freedman of Pompey, de
tury after Christ, which were oriented in conform voted to his memory, maintained a school on the Ca-
ance with other buildings in the area, and parts of a rinae in the neighborhood of the Temple of Tellus,
long pillared walk that seem to be related to the where the house of Pompey (Domus Rostrata) had
scant remains of a villa suburbana found under the stood. This was after the death of Pompey and his
Castra Equitum Singularium Severiana (q.v.) be sons (Suetonius, G ram m . 15).
neath the basilica of S. Giovanni. Later in the same
century there was a radical transformation of the Liciniana: see Domus, Luciniana.
area through the construction of large rooms with
very thick walls on a slightly different orientation. C. Licinius Calvus: the house of the orator and
This remodeling has been thought to reflect the pas poet, who was a friend of Catullus, near the Forum
sage of the estate into the imperial properties follow Romanum. This was the first house Octavian had in
ing the Pisonian conspiracy. Little of this period re Rome, before he moved to the Palatine. It stood su
mains; it has been thought that the building may pra scalas anularas (Suetonius, Aug. 72), the loca
have been destroyed in the earthquakes of a . d . 85 tion of which is unknown. Probably the house was
and 94. Beginning perhaps under Hadrian, certainly on the slope of the Palatine, and probably toward the
brought to completion under Antoninus Pius, a bath north corner of the hill.
complex was built on the site, which collapsed to
ward the end of the second century and was recon Licinius Sura (PIR 1 L 253) (1): a house on the Av-
structed under Septimius Severus. Under the same entine close to the Temple of Diana and overlooking
emperor, the whole area seems to have undergone the Circus Maximus (Martial 6.64.1213).
division into two distinct parcels, with a broad street
running between them. This may reflect the donation Licinius Sura (2): possibly a house on the Caelian
of the western parcel to T. Sextius Lateranus, while near the Lateran, where the base of a statue with a
the eastern parcel continued to function as a fairly dedicatory inscription, probably to be assigned to
luxurious bath of medium size, very likely in con Sura, was found in the sixteenth century (CIL
junction with the Castra Equitum Singularium that 6 .1 4 4 4 = IL S 1022).
Septimius constructed. At some point later in the
third century, this bath complex was converted to M . Livius Drusus: on the Palatine on the Clivus
use as a residence by closing down doorways and Victoriae in the place where later the house of Cicero
running partition walls across the great public spaces stood. It is notable for having been the work of an
of the bath rooms. But the scale remained very large, architect who was concerned for the privacy of his
and much of the heating system seems to have re client (Veil. Pat. 2.14.3).
mained in use. This remodeling is dated roughly to
the time of Aurelian. Then at the beginning of the Lucina: in Via Lata where a titulus church was es
fourth century there came a complete rebuilding, tablished by Pope Marcellus I ( a . d . 309). It was near
with the eradication of all remaining traces of its ori the Catabulum (HCh 308).
gin as a bath complex; this we can see as following
the abolition of the Equites Singulares by Constan Luciniana (usually corrected to Liciniana, but
tine and his presentation of the Domus Lateranorum there is no certainty): a house rented by Cicero for
and its adjacencies to Pope Miltiades. A large circu the use of his brother Quintus, a d lacum Pisonis,
lar room in the Aurelian house with a central basin while his house on the Carinae was occupied by ten
built over the basin of the frigidarium of the Severan ants (Cicero, QFr. 2.3.7). It was probably on the Pal
baths appears to have been a nymphaeum. It was atine (see Domus, Q. Tullius Cicero [2]).
now rebuilt as octagonal and became the baptistery,
but still an apartment intimately connected with the L. Lusius Petellinus: known from the inscription
papal residence rather than a part of a church; hence on a lead pipe belonging to the middle or end of the
its isolated position with respect to the basilica to first century after Christ found on the site of S. Gio
day. Around it clustered the other rooms of the resi vanni in Laterano (C IL 15.7488). The owner is oth
dence, large in size but comparatively few in number erwise unknown.
and formal in character.
M em PontA cc, ser. 3 .1 2 , fasc. 1 (1973) Le nuove Q. M aecius Blandus (PIR 2 M 48): known from
scoperte sulle origini del battistero Lateranense (G. lead pipes bearing his name and that of Caelia Galla

D O M U S : T. A N N I U S M I L O P A P I N I A N U S

found on the Capitoline under the monastery of Ara- 5 3 ; IL S 2 9 3 5 -3 6 ). This Marius Maximus was con
coeli (C IL 15.7489). sul in 198 or 199 and wrote biographies of the Cae
sars from Trajan to Elagabalus.
M am urra: on the Caelian, the house of Julius Cae
sars praefectus fabrum in Gaul, noted for its extrav C . Marius Pudens Cornelianus (PIR 1 M 3 1 7 ):
agance. All the walls were revetted with marble; it known from a bronze tablet of a . d . 2 2 2 found on
was the first such house in Rome (Pliny, H N 36.48). the Aventine near the church of S. Prisca (C IL
6 .1 4 5 4 = IL S 61 0 9 ). He was legate of the seventh le
M ancinus: see Tifata M ancina. gion.

M . Manilius: a small house (aediculae) on the Ca- P. M artius Philippus (PIR 1 M 3 4 5 ): known from
rinae (Cicero, P arad ox a 6.50). This Manilius was an inscribed lead pipe found on the right bank of the
consul in 149 B .C . Tiber opposite the island (C IL 1 5 .7 4 9 2 ; cf. C IL
14.169 = IL S 6172).
M . Manlius Capitolinus (cos. 3 9 2 b . c . ) : on the
Capitoline where the Temple of Iuno Moneta was M erulana: known from a letter of Pope Gregory the
built, consequently where the house of Titus Tatius Great (Epist. 3 .1 9 [M G H E pist. 1.177]) of a . d . 593,
had stood. It was razed to the ground by order of the but probably dating at least from the early empire. It
senate in 384 B .C . after its owner was condemned to was near the ancient church of S. M atteo in Meru
death for aspiring to monarchy (Livy 6 .2 0 .1 3 ; lana (HCh 3 8 6 -8 7 ) . The ancient street that came to
7 .2 8 .5 ; Ovid, Fast. 6 .1 8 3 -9 0 ). After Capitolinuss be known as Via Merulana ran from a point in Pi
disgrace patricians were forever forbidden to live on azza Vittorio Emanuele west of the nymphaeum of
the arx and Capitoline. the Aqua Iulia almost due south to the Neronian
branch of the Aqua Claudia. The house must have
M arcella: on the Aventine, mentioned by Jerome been on the Esquiline toward the north end of this
(E p ist. 47[a].3 [Migne 2 2.49 3 ]). street, near the church (near Piazza Dante).
B u llC om 87 (1 9 8 0 -8 1 ): 7 -3 6 (G. Giannelli).
M . Valerius Messalla Corvinus (P IR 1 V 90) (1):
Publia M arcia Sergia Fusca: known from a lead on the Palatine, earlier the house of M ark Antony,
pipe found on the slope of the Quirinal in Villa Al- presented to Messalla Corvinus and Agrippa by Au
dobrandini in a group of tabernae or horrea (C IL gustus (Cass. Dio 5 3 .2 7 .5 ). See also Domus, Caese-
1 5 .7 4 9 3 ; cf. B u llC om 9 [1881]: 17 [R. Lanciani]). It tius Rufus.
was found close to a pipe of L. Naevius Clemens.
M . Valerius M essalla Corvinus (2): on the Pin-
C. M arius (cos. VII 86 adjacent to the Forum
B .C .) : cian known from inscriptions found in the gardens
Romanum (Plutarch, M arius 32), probably close to of Villa Medici (C IL 6 .2 9 7 8 9 = ILS 5990). The
the Temple of Honos et Virtus (see Honos et Virtus, house was probably not a domus but a horti. It ap
Aedes [2]) and included in the Monumenta Mariana pears that Messalla bought the Horti Luculliani
of Valerius Maximus (2.5.6; 4.4 .8 ). The area is prob (q.v.).
ably that now occupied by the Temple of Antoninus
and Faustina. T. Annius M ilo Papinianus (1): on the Clivus
Capitolinus (Cicero, M ilon. 64), possibly only a
M . Valerius Martialis (PIR' V 7 7 ): on the Quirinal house alleged to have been hired by M ilo for nefar
near the Temple of Quirinus (Martial 10.58.10), on ious purposes. Because the Clivus Capitolinus was
the street leading from the Capitolium Vetus to the steep and ran in a switchback, such a house would
Temple of Flora (M artial 5 .2 2 .3 4). Because the lat almost certainly have had to have lain in the narrow
ter was a clivus (Varro, Ling. 5 .1 5 8 ), the temple is area between the Vicus Iugarius and the clivus, be
more likely to have stood on the northwest slope of hind the Temple of Saturn.
the Quirinal than the gentle southeast slope a d
M alum Punicum , and on an ancient street that T. Annius M ilo Papinianus (2): an ancestral
roughly followed the line of Via delle Quattro Fon- house known as Domus Anniana, on the Cermalus,
tane in this sector. the slope of the Palatine toward the Circus Maximus
(Cicero, Att. 4 .3 .3 ). This house apparently passed
L. M arius M aximus Perpetuus Aurelianus into the possession of Q. Lucretius Vespillo, the hus
(PIR1 M 3 0 8 ): known from inscriptions found in band of Turia, the republican wife praised for her
Villa Fonseca on the Caelian in 1553 (C IL 6 .1 4 5 0 enterprise and loyalty in the inscription known as


the Laudatio Turiae (C IL 6 .1 5 2 7 = 3 1 6 7 0 = ILS to build an addition to his own house (Cicero, Off.
8393). She had to defend it against an attempt by 1.138), which must have stood next to it.
M ilos supporters to recover it by force (fr. 2 .8 -1 0 ).
L. O ctavius: on, or very close to, Sacra Via (Sallust,
M u cia n u s: known from a lead pipe (C IL 15.7496) Hist. fr. 2 .4 5 ); here in 75 B .C . the consuls, Octavius
apparently found within the area of the Thermae and C. Aurelius Cotta, took refuge when attacked by
Constantinianae. a mob on Sacra Via (cf. Broughton, M R R 2.96).

Q. Munatius Celsus: known only from an in L. Octavius Felix {PIR2 O 3 1): on the Viminal,
scribed lead pipe found just inside the Porta Vimin- known from the discovery of an inscribed lead pipe
alis (C IL 15.7497). This man was probably procur in its atrium at the southwest corner of the Stazione
ator of Mauretania under Caracalla. Termini (C IL 15.7503).

Naeratius Cerialis: see Balnea Naeratii M . Opellius M acrinus and M . Opellius

Cerealis. Diadumenianus {PIR 2 O 108, 107): on the Cae-
lian, known from an inscribed lead pipe found under
L. Naevius Clemens (P IR 2 N 11): known from the Lateran (C IL 1 5.7505 = IL S 461). The former
two inscribed lead pipes, one found inside the Porta was the man responsible for the assassination of Car
Viminalis, the other in Villa Aldobrandini on the acalla; he became emperor in 2 1 7 and was defeated
Quirinal (C IL 1 5.7499). The first was found near the by Elagabalus and killed in 218.
distribution center of the aqueducts in this region,
and the other was found probably closer to the site Pactumeia Lucilia: on the west slope of the Aven-
of Clemenss house. tine under the church of S. Anselmo, where remains
of an ancient house with mosaics showing an Or
Narcissus (probably Claudii lib. [P IR 2 N 2 3 ]): pheus and a centauromachy and an inscribed lead
known from inscribed lead pipes (C IL 1 5.7500 = ILS pipe (C IL 15.7507) were found.
1666) found near the Teatro Nazionale on the west HJ 169; B u llC om 88 (1 9 8 2 -8 3 ): 2 1 3 -2 3 (D. Ca-
slope of the Quirinal. vallo).

N um a Pompilius: at first on the Quirinal; later he Palm ata: next to the Porticus Curva (see Forum
is supposed to have moved to the Regia near the Traiani) according to Cassiodorus (Var. 4 .3 0 ), per
Temple of Vesta (Solinus 1.21). haps the same as the Domus ad Palmam of L. Acilius
Glabrio Faustus (P L R E 2 .4 5 2 -5 4 ), cos. a . d . 4 3 8 , in
Cn. Numicius Picus Caesianus {PIR 2 N 2 0 3 ): on which the Theodosian Code is said to have been
the Viminal at the corner of Via Viminalis and Via promulgated.
Principe Amedeo, near the Teatro dellOpera (C IL
6 .3 1 7 4 2 , 3 1 7 4 3 = /LS 911). He was propraetor of Parthorum (Aedes ?): listed in the regionary cata
Asia, possibly under Augustus (see Varro, Rust. logues in Regio X II and said by Aurelius Victor
3.2.2). (E p it. 20) to be among the most notable of the
houses Septimius Severus presented to his friends.
Nummii: on the Quirinal, just east of the Ministero Because the regionary catalogues list these immedi
della Difesa, where inscriptions show that several ately after the Thermae Antoninianae, they have
members of the Gens Nummia lived in the third and been identified with ruins northwest of the baths, but
fourth centuries (C IL 6 .1 7 4 8 , 3 1 3 7 8 , 3 2 0 2 4 -2 6 ; there is no supporting evidence for this identifica
ILS 643, 1238). tion.

C. Octavius (praetor 61 B .C .) : a d C apita B u bu la on Pescenniana: the house of Pescennius Niger {PIR' P

the Palatine, probably its eastern slope, where Au 185) in the Campus Iovis (S.H.A. Pescennius 12.4:.
gustus was born (Suetonius, Aug. 5). Later a sacrar- The whereabouts of this is unknown, but it was
ium was created there, and later still a temple. probably outside the line of the Servian Walls. The
only suitable shrine of Jupiter known is one of Iup-
Cn. Octavius: on the Palatine, built by the consul piter Dolichenus in the neighborhood of Piazza Vit
of 165 B .C . Its splendor was supposed to have pro torio Emanuele (see Iuppiter Dolichenus [2]), the
moted Octaviuss election to the consulship. Aemi- Transtiberim being very unlikely to have been the lo
lius Scaurus later bought and demolished it in order cation of Pescenniuss house. The discovery of lead


pipes bearing the names of two members of the fam Cn. Pompeius Magnus (cos. Ill 52 b . c . ) (2): Plu
ily probably southeast of Porta S. Lorenzo (C IL tarch says that during the construction of his theater
15.7509) and of fragmentary inscriptions that may Pompey built a house for himself close to it and that
be attributed to them (C IL 6.3 1 7 4 5 ) has led to the this was a finer one than he had previously had (Plu
identification of a house there as possibly the one in tarch, P om p. 4 0 .5 ); this was like a tender towed be
question. hind a large ship, indication that the house lay west
of the theater.
Petronius M axim us (P L R E 2 .7 4 9 -5 0 ) : on the Op-
pius north of S. Clemente, identified by ruins and in Pomponii: on the Quirinal, neighbor