Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Building [B11]: Meeting Place of the Ferrymen (lenuncularii) (ca. 100 CE) Ostia - Latium

Ostia (Latium, Italy — Pleiades map), ca. 100 CE
Hermansen 1981, 65, 115-119 (fig. 46) = Bollmann 1998, 275-278 (A27; fig. 48; photos 11,1 11,2). = AGRW ID# 23719


Description: Located in region (regio) I ii 3 of the excavated site, the main hall of the building measures 16 x 8 m, including the vestibule.  The hall could be entered through two doorways, one from the Decumanus and the other from the Square of the Lares. The building includes an apse (semi-circular recess) that may have functioned as a sanctuary.  There is a long hall along the east side, as well as a smaller room and a latrine on the north.  An inscription from the time of Gordion III (238-244 CE) connects the building with the ferrymen.  Hermansen notes that membership in the association must have been small.

Translation by: Ascough

Building of the Ferrymen (photo by Ascough)

Building of the Ferrymen (photo by Ascough)

Item added: February 21, 2020
Item modified: March 16, 2020
ID number: 23719
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