The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia

The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia (HM1L14)

Location: Roma, Lazio 00186 Città Metropolitana di Roma
Country: Italy
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N 41° 53.342', E 12° 29.195'

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La Fontana Ottagona Della Domus Flavia

The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia
The great peristyle of the Domus Flavia - the public part of the structure - had at its centre an octagonal fountain taking the form of a labyrinth, a very ancient motif.
The Gardens of the Augustan period were limited for the most part by the small spaces available within peristyles and also well-documented in detail by surviving paintings. In contrast, the broader green spaces that lay within the imperial palaces were closely integrated with their architecture and adorned with grand fountains, water features, fine marble decoration and sculpture. This was the peristyle in which rebels assassinated the emperor Pertinax in full view, as described in the Historia Augusta (Pertinax 11). The great fountain was surrounded by porticoes and flanked by a series of rooms from which the inhabitants could enjoy a view of the fountain and the flowerbeds. Water ran through the channels that made up the octagonal shape, as shown by the remnants of their waterproof cocciopesto lining.
La Fontana Ottagona Della Domus Flavia
Il grande Peristilio della Domus Flavia - la parte pubblica dell'edificio - era occupato al centro da una Fontana ottagona a forma di labirinto, motive molto antico.
A differenza dei giardini di età augustea, limitati per lo più agli spazi ridotti dei peristili, e per I quali la pittura ci ha lasciato una ricca e dettagliata documentazione, nei palazzi imperiali le avee Verdi, più estese, erano strettamente collegate all'architettura e arricchite da grandi fontane, giochi di acqua, raffinata decorazione marmoreal e scultorea. In questo peristilio, ben esposto e assolato, I ribelli assassinarono l'imperatore Pertinace, secondo il racconto della Storia Augusta (Pertinace, 11). La grande Fontana, circondata da portici, era fiancheggiata da una serie di ambienti da cui, attraverso ampie finestre, si godeva la vista sulle fontane e sulle aiuole. Nei canali che formano l'ottagono scorreva l'acqua, come attestano I residui di cocciopesto idraulico che li revestono.
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Date Added Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)28T E 708523 N 4640510
Decimal Degrees41.88903333, 12.48658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 53.342', E 12° 29.195'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 53' 20.52" N, 12° 29' 11.7" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7 Via di S. Bonaventura, Roma Lazio 00186, IT
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