Leaf 90 - Domus Gordianorum Et Thermae (In Via Praenestina)
Andrea Fei, Roma, 1625
Rome (Italy) -- Antiquities.
Architecture, Domestic -- Italy -- Rome.
Gordian I, Emperor of Rome, 159 - 238.
The House and Baths of Gordianus in Via Praenestina. Marcus Antonius Gordianus Africanus Sempronianus Romanus, 159 - 238, better known as Gordian I, was Roman emperor, ruling with his son, Gordian II and grandson, Gordian III, for a few weeks in March and April of the 238. Previously, he had devoted his career to military pursuits and was Proconsul of Africa. As a young man he had been a poet. The family was quite wealthy. The Via Praenestina was the name of one of the roads that began at the Porta Esquilina at Rome, and led to Praeneste, now called Palestrina, 22 miles from Rome. About 3 miles from Rome was the imperial villa of the Gordians. There are still ruins at the site called Torre dei Schiavi.
Julius Capitolinus wrote about the magnificence of this villa in the Historia Augusta. Here is a description of the house taken from the translation: ...There is also a villa of theirs on the Praenestine Way, with two hundred columns in the inner court,... all of equal size. In this same house there were three basilicas one hundred feet long and other things suitable to such a building, and there were baths that could be equaled nowhere in the world save in the city as it was at that time.
The verso of this leaf contains text in three languages with page title in Italian: Palazzo e Terme di Gordiano Imp.
Leaf 90 Recto and Verso.
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