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The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia

La Fontana Ottagona Della Domus Flavia

 
 
The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
1. The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia Marker
Inscription.

The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia
The great peristyle of the Domus Flavia – the public part of the structure – had at its centre an octagonal fountain taking the form of a labyrinth, a very ancient motif.

The Gardens of the Augustan period were limited for the most part by the small spaces available within peristyles and also well-documented in detail by surviving paintings. In contrast, the broader green spaces that lay within the imperial palaces were closely integrated with their architecture and adorned with grand fountains, water features, fine marble decoration and sculpture. This was the peristyle in which rebels assassinated the emperor Pertinax in full view, as described in the Historia Augusta (Pertinax 11). The great fountain was surrounded by porticoes and flanked by a series of rooms from which the inhabitants could enjoy a view of the fountain and the flowerbeds. Water ran through the channels that made up the octagonal shape, as shown by the remnants of their waterproof cocciopesto lining.

La Fontana Ottagona Della Domus Flavia
Il grande Peristilio della Domus Flavia – la parte pubblica dell’edificio – era occupato al centro da una Fontana ottagona a forma di labirinto, motive molto antico.

A differenza dei giardini di età augustea,

The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
2. The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia and Marker
Octagonal Fountain ruins are between the marker (text on other side) and the Palatine Museum (in background)
limitati per lo più agli spazi ridotti dei peristili, e per I quali la pittura ci ha lasciato una ricca e dettagliata documentazione, nei palazzi imperiali le avee Verdi, più estese, erano strettamente collegate all’architettura e arricchite da grandi fontane, giochi di acqua, raffinata decorazione marmoreal e scultorea. In questo peristilio, ben esposto e assolato, I ribelli assassinarono l’imperatore Pertinace, secondo il racconto della Storia Augusta (Pertinace, 11). La grande Fontana, circondata da portici, era fiancheggiata da una serie di ambienti da cui, attraverso ampie finestre, si godeva la vista sulle fontane e sulle aiuole. Nei canali che formano l’ottagono scorreva l’acqua, come attestano I residui di cocciopesto idraulico che li revestono.
 
Location. 41° 53.342′ N, 12° 29.195′ 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. Domus Flavia. Peristyle / Peristilio (a few steps from this marker); Domus Flavia. So-called Basilica / Cd. Basilica (a few steps from this marker); Domus Flavia. So-called. Audience Chamber (within shouting distance of this marker); House of the Griffins / Casa Dei Grifi (within shouting distance of this marker); Imperial Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Domus Flavia, so-called Lararium / Cd. Larario (within shouting distance of this marker); Palatine Museum / Museo Palatino (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Peristyle of the Domus Augustana (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .
1. Flavian Palace at Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Domus Flavia. (Submitted on June 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Domus Flavia. (Submitted on June 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Palatine Hill. (Submitted on June 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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