By L. Richardson Jr.
The 1st such dictionary on account that that of Platner and Ashby in 1929, a brand new Topographical Dictionary of old Rome defines and describes the identified structures and monuments, in addition to the geographical and topographical beneficial properties, of historic Rome. It offers a concise background of every, with measurements, dates, and citations of important historical and glossy resources.
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Although the tympanum was dismantled and destroyed, fragments of it and of the lateral antefixes showing female figures carry 12 tents of Septimius Severus’s rise to greatness. Faus tina, the wife of Marcus Aurelius, is said to have pre pared the wedding chamber for Septimius and Julia Domna in the Aphrodision below the Palatine (Cass. 1 ). This might have been connected with the Temple of Venus et Roma, the Temple of Venus Obsequens, or the Temple of Venus Verticordia (see Venus et Roma, Templum; Venus Obsequens, Aedes; Venus Verticordia, Aedes).
1) in the Campus Martius; this was destroyed in the fire of Nero in a . d . 64 (Cass. 2 3 -2 4 ). Unfortunately, we have no in formation about its arrangements. All that can be said is that it seems to have been used almost exclu sively for gladiatorial shows and hunts. A second amphitheater begun by Caligula next to the Saepta Iulia was unfinished at his death, and the work was abandoned by Claudius (Suetonius, Calig. 21), and one built by Nero in a . d . 5 7 was of wood and evi dently not intended to be permanent (Tacitus, Ann.
D . 64 (Cass. 2 3 -2 4 ). Unfortunately, we have no in formation about its arrangements. All that can be said is that it seems to have been used almost exclu sively for gladiatorial shows and hunts. A second amphitheater begun by Caligula next to the Saepta Iulia was unfinished at his death, and the work was abandoned by Claudius (Suetonius, Calig. 21), and one built by Nero in a . d . 5 7 was of wood and evi dently not intended to be permanent (Tacitus, Ann. 24). None of these buildings seems to have been remarkable for its engineering, and while those in the Campus Martius must have been freestanding and patterned after the theaters of Pompey and Marcellus, there is no suggestion that provisions for theat rical effects were a regular concern.