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p56 Athenaeum

Article on p56 of

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


Athenaeum: A building erected by Hadrian, called by Aurelius Victor (Caes. 14.3) ludus ingenuarum artium, and used for readings, lectures, and training in declamationa (Cass. Dio LXXIII.17; Hist. Aug. Pert. 11; Alex. 35; Gord. 3; Sid. Apoll. Ep. II.9; IV.8; IX.9, 14). It was built apparently in the form of a theatre or amphitheatre,º but its site is unknown, although it has been placed on the Capitoline (Pr. Reg. 170), in the campus Martius, or in the Velabrum, and identified with the Graecostadium (q.v.; Jord. I.2.61; Bull. of the Univ. of Wisconsin,º 1904, 170‑178).


Thayer's Note:

a used for readings, lectures, and training in declamation: for details, see the article in Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (in the navigation bar below).


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