Leaf 82 - Circus Neronis In Vaticano Ubi Hodie Templum D. Petri
Andrea Fei, Roma, 1625
Rome (Italy) -- Antiquities.
Circus -- Rome.
Rome (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Nero, Emperor of Rome, 37-68.
St. Peter's Basilica -- Rome (Italy).
The Circus of Nero was built beginning around 40 AD. Gaius (Caligula) and Nero were both participants in races. Caligula placed an obelisk in the circus that is now in the middle of St. Peter's Square. The circus is often credited to both Gaius and Nero.
After the fire during Nero's reign, many thought that Nero had ordered the fire. He may have deflected the blame on to Christians, who were then martyred in the circus. Saint Peter is one who died there and his tomb is in the area. Constantine erected the basilica (Old St. Peter's) on the site and included the tomb and part of the Circus of Nero structure.
The verso of this leaf contains text in three languages with page title in Italian: Cerchio di Nerone.
Leaf 82 Recto and Verso.
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Image 23.5 x 17.75 cm.
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