Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Building [B19]: Meeting Place of the Ship Owners (ca. 200 CE) Ostia - Latium

Ostia (Latium, Italy — Pleiades map), ca. 200 CE
Hermansen 1981, 71-74 (fig. 23) = Bollmann 1998, 323-327 (A41; fig 13; photos 5,1, 5,2, 15,1) = Egelhaaf-Gaiser 2002, 140-143 (fig. 6). = AGRW ID# 24158


Description: This building in region IV v 15 has a four-columned entryway along the main street (the Decumanus) that leads to an elaborate vestibule, with a number of anterooms along each side. The vestibule opens up into a large courtyard which housed a sanctuary with an apse. The sanctuary resembles the living room of a house and the mosaic floor indicates that this was a room with three benches used for banquets (a triclinium). There is a long, narrow water basin (nymphaeum) running through the courtyard, just off center. The complex is named the Schola del Traiano, although inscriptions found there clearly indicate that it was the meeting house of the association of ship owners. The structure is located across the main road from the meeting place of the ship builders (fabri navali, B17).  Hermansen calls the ship owners’ building “the largest and most impressive of all possible guild seats” at Ostia.

Translation by: Ascough

Item added: March 16, 2020
Item modified: March 16, 2020
ID number: 24158
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