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The Palatine “Stadium” / “Stadio” Palatino

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
1. The Palatine "Stadium" / "Stadio" Palatino Marker
Inscription.

The Palatine "Stadium"
This area provides a view from above of the “Stadium”, an important sector of the Flavian Palace which is never given this name in the ancient sources. In fact it was a garden, more specifically a hippodromus, the word with which it was described by late authors. Hippodromes, originally areas where horses were exercised, came to be, in Rome, elongated rectangular spaces with paths and flower-beds. Deriving from the Greek gymnasiums, these were luxurious garden areas present in important villas. The Palatine “Stadium” (160 x 48 m) had a rounded south end and was surrounded by a portico supported by marble-clad engaged columns. The central part consisted of a broad curved avenue for strolling on foot, on a litter or even in a carriage, a custom described by Martial and Juvenal, authors of the Domitianic period (AD 81-96). On the eastern side is a large exedra from which to enjoy views over the garden below, luxuriously decorated with sculptures and two semi-circular fountains at either end.

"Stadio" Palatino
Si ha qui una visione dall’alto dello “Stadio”, importante settore del Palazzo flavio, che non appare mai designato con questo termine dalle fonti antiche; in realtà si tratta di un’area di giardino, precisamente un hippodromus, termine

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
2. The Palatine "Stadium" / "Stadio" Palatino and Marker
con il quale è infatti nominato dagli autori tardi. Gli ippondromi, da iniziali luoghi per esercitazioni di cavalla, passorono a Roma a designare spazi rettangolari allungati, solcati da viali ed aiuole. Derivati dai ginnasi greci, erano lussuose aree di giardino presenti nelle ville di un certo livello. Lo “Stadio” palatino (m. 160 x 48), con il lato sud arrontondato, era circondato da un portico sostenuto da semicolonne rivestite di marmo. La parte centrale era costituita da un grande viale ad anello, destinato al passeggio a piedi, in lettiga, o anche in carrozza, secondo un uso attestato da Marziale e Giovenale, autori dell’età di Domiziano (81-96 d.C.). Sul lato est è inserita una grande esedra, da cui si godeva la vista del sottostante giardino, sontuosamente decorato da sculture e rinfrescato da due fontane semicicolari, poste alle estremità.
 
Location. 41° 53.28′ N, 12° 29.3′ E. Marker is in Rome, Lazio, in Metropolitan City of Rome. Touch 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio'
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
3. The Palatine "Stadium" / "Stadio" Palatino
Looking east across NE end of the 'stadium'
(within shouting distance of this marker); Domus Augustana. Upper Peristyle / Peristilio Superiore (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Upper Peristyle of the Domus Augustana (about 120 meters away); Palatine Museum / Museo Palatino (about 120 meters away); Domus Flavia, so-called Lararium / Cd. Larario (about 150 meters away); House of the Griffins / Casa Dei Grifi (about 150 meters away); Imperial Palace (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hippodrome of Domitian on YouTube. (Submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Palatine Hill. (Submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Palatine Hill in Ancient Rome. (Submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Flavian Palace at Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio' image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. The 'Stadium' / Lo 'Stadio'
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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