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Area Palatina

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


Area Palatina: an open space on the Palatine, mentioned by Gellius (XX.1.1: in area Palatina cum salutationem Caesaris opperiemur; cf. IV.1.1: in vestibulo aedium Palatinarum omnium fere ordinum multitudo opperientes salutationem Caesaris constiterant), and in the Notitia (Reg. X, om. Cur.), and probably to be identified with the εὐρυχωρία of Josephus (Ant. Iud. XIX.3.2 (223): ἐν τῇ εὐρυχωρίᾳ δὲ τοῦ Παλατίου . . . πρῶτον δὲ οἰκηθῆναι τῆς Ῥωμαίων πόλεως τοῦτο παραδίδωσιν ὁ περὶ αὐτῆς λόγος), through which the praetorians carried Claudius to their barracks. The evidence points to a site between the domus Flavia and the domus Tiberiana, at the top of the street leading up to the Palatine from the porta Mugonia, now called the clivus Palatinus. How early the term, area Palatina, came into use, and what were the variations in its extent, it is not possible to determine (HJ 66; Mitt. 1890, 77; 196, 204; BC 1910, 9‑11).


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