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p4 Alta Semita

Article on p4 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.


Alta Semita: the name given in the Regionary Catalogue to the sixth region of Augustus. This lay between the imperial fora, the east boundary of Region VII, and the north-west boundary of Region IV, and included the Viminal, the Quirinal, the valley between the Quirinal and the Pincian, and the lower slope of the latter hill. This region took its name from that of its principal street, the Alta Semita,a which ran north-east along the ridge of the Quirinal to the porta Collina, corresponding with the modern Via del Quirinale and Via Venti Settembre1 from the Piazza del Quirinale eastward. The north-eastern part of this street was probably called Vicus portae Collinae (q.v.)º, if we may infer this from an inscription (CIL VI.450) found near S. Susanna (Jord. I.1.510). The ancient pavement lies at an average depth of 1.83 metres below the present level (HJ 418; BC 1889, 332; RhM 1894, 387; Mitt. 1892, 312).


The Authors' Note:

1 The name changes at the Quattro Fontane.


Thayer's Note:

a A more satisfactory description of the actual street, complete with a good map of part of it, and details about several of the monuments on it, is given by Lanciani, Pagan and Christian Rome, p190.


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