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Building [B28]: Warehouse of the Association of Wine Dealers (early II CE) Rome - Latium

Rome (Latium, Italy), early II CE
L. Richardson, Jr., A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992) 80 (s.v. “Cellae Vinariae Nova et Arruntiana”) = Bollmann 1998, 271-272 (A23; fig. 14) = AGRW ID# 24213


Description: A trapezoidal shaped building lies south of the Villa Farnesina on the west bank of the Tiber. The main building was a warehouse with a lower storey of vaulted cellars and an upper storey of rooms of equal size built around colonnaded courts. The inner brick columned portico changes direction multiple times.  A second part of the building has a double colonnade on the east side and a gutter on the west, with a row of large storage jars (dolia) just outside the gutter. An inscription found in the main building identifies it as belonging to the collegium of wine dealers (CIL VI 8826). The building’s unusual plan, however, suggests to Bollmann that it may not have functioned as the primary meeting place of the association. A second inscription found on an altar in the warehouses attests to the presence of another association (collegium) connected with the goddess Fortuna Reducis (“Fortune Returning”; CIL VI 10251), which Bollmann suggests may have been formed by an administrator of the warehouses.  For relevant inscriptions on this site, see CIL VI 8826 and CIL VI 10251.

Translation by: Ascough

Item added: April 24, 2020
Item modified: April 24, 2020
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