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p100 Carinae

Article on p100 of

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


Carinae: the western end of the southern spur of the Esquiline hill, including the slope to the valley of the Subura on the north and that of the Colosseum on the south, and corresponding to the district between the present church of S. Pietro in Vincoli and the Via del Colosseo (Liv. XXVI.10; Varro, LL V.47; Hor. Ep. I.7.48; Dionys. I.68.1; III.22.8; RE III.1590‑91; Mon. L. XV.787). This was the Fagutal of earlier times, but this name seems to have been displaced by Carinae, which Servius says (ad Aen. VIII.361) was derived from certain buildings erected near the temple of Tellus that resembled the keels of ships. It was crossed by the murus terreus (Varro, LL. V.48), which was probably a remnant of pre-Servian fortification. The most conspicuous monument on the Carinae was the temple of Tellus (q.v.), but during the republic many prominent Romans dwelt herea and Florus (II.18.4) calls it celeberrima pars urbis.


Thayer's Note:

a Among whom Sextus Pompey, who made a rather felicitous pun about it at an important moment in Roman history (Vell. Pat. II.77, Cassius Dio XLVIII.38.3). Also not mentioned by Platner, the same house but later, Tiberius before he became emperor (Suet. Tib. 15).


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