The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome

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residence with thermæ of great size and magnificence, he carried the channel of the Claudia from the top of the Cælian to the top of the Palatine, making it span. the valley at a prodigious height. The viaduct, composed of four lines of arcades, measured at least 425 metres in length and 42 metres in height. The sketch on the opposite page represents the portion above the modern Via di S. Gregorio. The five arches on the left on the road, shaded in black, are still in existence; the six on the other side were destroyed, on November 14, 1596, by Caprizio Cornovaglia (Cornwall), the owner of what is now called "Orto Botanico."

The water was stored in the great reservoir, afterwards turned into a refectory for the monks of S. Bonaventura. Among the discoveries made when the convent was built, Bartoli mentions a spigot of Corinthian brass weighing ninety pounds.

REFERENCES . — Rodolfo Lanciani, I comentarii di Frontino, etc., Rome, Salviucci, 1880, pp. 211, 234. — Ridolfino Venuti, Roma antica, vol. i. p. 38.

XXVI. Two more edifices, or rather two parts of the same edifice, remain to be examined before we leave the Palatine: the PÆDAGOGIUM and the DOMUS GELOTIANA.

The Domus Gelotiana was purchased and embodied in the crown property by Caligula, not for want of additional space and accommodation, but to satisfy his passion for the races of the circus, and his affection for the squadron of the greens, factio prasina, in whose stables (by SS. Lorenzo e Damaso) he used to spend days and nights indulging in all kinds of excesses. The

Fig. 70. — Plan of the Domus Gelotiana.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents xiii
  • List of Illustrations xix
  • Book I - General Information 1
  • Book II - The Ruins and Excavations of the Palatine 106
  • Book III - A Walk Through the Sacra Via from the Coliseum to the Capitoline Hill 188
  • Book IV - Urbs Sacra Regionum XIV 320
  • Conclusion - The General Aspect of the City 561
  • Appendix 571
  • Indexes 593
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