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The ‘Stadium’ / Lo ‘Stadio’

 
 
The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio' Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
1. The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio' Marker
Inscription.

The 'Stadium'
The so-called Stadium, another important area of the Flavian Palace, was in fact a huge rectangular garden area with a hemicycle at one end.

The Garden was enclosed by a portico and its perimeter was marked out by a track running around it, with smaller paths and flower beds branching out from this track. The perimeter track (gestatio) was intended as a promenade route for people on foot, in a litter or even a carriage, something attested by the writers Martial (1.12.82) and Juvenal (8.178). The magnificent sculptures found here (now in the Museo Palatino) show that the area was decked out as an art gallery. On one of the long sides was an exendra with a view of the entire garden. At each end there was a semicircular fountain veneered in marble, with an open space at the centre decorated with multiple statues. The presence of channels that carried water to the centre of the 'Stadium' and the absence of any kind of pavement provide additional proof that this was a garden area.

Lo 'Stadio'
Il c.d. Stadio, altro importante settore del Palazzo Flavio, era in realtÓ un vasto giardino rettangolare, con un emiciclo a una delle estremitÓ.

Solcato da un largo viale ad anello, da cui si diramavano vialetti minori e aiuole, il giardino era circondato da un portico. Il viale ad anello

The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio' Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
2. The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio' Marker
The below grade 'Stadium' is at left center
(gestatio) era destinato al passeggio a piedi, in lettiga, o anche in carrozza, secondo un uso attestato da Marziale (I,12,82) e da Giovenale (VIII,178). Le splendide sculture recuperate (conservate nel Museo Palatino) attestano che l'area era arredata come una vera e propria galleria d'arte. Su uno dei lati lunghi Ŕ visibile una grande esedra, da cui si godeva una completa vista del giardino. Alle estremitÓ c'erano due fontane semicircolari, rivestite di marmi, al centro invece uno spazio libero, decorato da numerose statue. La presenza di canalizzazioni che portavano l'acqua fino al centro dello "Stadio" e la mancanza di qualsiasi pavimento, sono un'ulteriore conferma che ci troviamo in una zona di giardino.
 
Location. 41° 53.296′ N, 12° 29.286′ E. Marker is in Rome, Lazio, in Metropolitan City of Rome. Click for map. Marker is on Palatine Hill, south of the Roman Forum. Marker is at or near this postal address: Via di San Gregorio, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nymphaeum and Adjoining Cisterns / Ninfeo e Annesse Cisterne (a few steps from this marker); The Palatine "Stadium" / "Stadio" Palatino (within shouting distance of this marker); Domus Augustana. Upper Peristyle / Peristilio Superiore
The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio' image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
3. The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio'
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Peristyle of the Domus Augustana (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Domus Flavia, so-called Lararium / Cd. Larario (about 90 meters away); Palatine Museum / Museo Palatino (about 120 meters away); House of the Griffins / Casa Dei Grifi (about 120 meters away); Imperial Palace (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .
1. Palatine Hill. (Submitted on June 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Palatine Hill in Ancient Rome. (Submitted on June 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Flavian Palace at Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Hippodrome of Domitian on YouTube. (Submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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