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Building [B27]: Association of the Public Heralds (ca. 200 CE) Rome - Latium

Rome (Latium, Italy — Pleiades map), ca. 200 CE
L. Richardson, Jr., A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992) 346 (s.v. “Schola Praeconum”; fig. 63) = Bollmann 1998, 261-265 (A18; fig. 7) = Katherine M. D. Dunbabin, The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 100-101 (photos 52, 53). = AGRW ID# 24193


Description: Located in region X on the Palatine, this partially excavated building is located on the southwest slope of the Palatine between the back of Domitian’s palace and the Circus Maximus. The central colonnaded courtyard has three vaulted chambers on the northeast side; the middle vaulted chamber is slightly larger than the others and has a niche in the end wall. The building has been tentatively identified with the heralds of the Domus Augustiana (“Emperor’s Palace”) from the wall paintings in the eastern side room. Seven life-sized figures are depicted as servants greeting guests arriving at a banquet. A black and white mosaic floor depicts two processions, with four men carrying the emblems of the heralds in each procession.

Translation by: Ascough

Item added: March 16, 2020
Item modified: March 16, 2020
ID number: 24193
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