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p322 Macellum Liviae

Article on pp322‑323 of

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


Macellum Liviae: * a market on the Esquiline in Region V (Not. Cur.), built by Augustus and named after his wife, if it is to be identified, as is probable, with τὸ τεμένισμα τὸ Λίουιον ὠνομασμένον, which Tiberius dedicated at the beginning of 7 B.C. (Cass. Dio LV.8). A restoration between 364 and 378 by Valentinian, Valens and Gratian is recorded (CIL VI.1178), and either this macellum or the Macellum Magnum (q.v.) is marked on a fragment (4) of the Marble Plan1 (Atti del Congresso storico 1907, i.121). In the Chronicle of Benedict of Soracte ad ann. 921 (MGS iii.715) the aecclesia Sancti Eusebii iuxta macellum parvum is mentioned (HCh 251). In the Liber Pontificalis the church of S. Maria Maggiore was described as iuxta macellum Libiae (LP xxxvii.8; xlvi.3; HCh 342), that of S. Vito as in macello (Arm. 811; HCh 499), and in the Ordo Benedicti2 (p141 = Jord. II.665) is written: intrans sub arcum (i.e. Gallieni) ubi dicitur macellum Livianum. Corresponding with these p323indications ruins have been found just outside the porta Esquilina, north of the road, which may well have been those of this macellum. They consist of an open court, 80 by 25 metres, built of brick and opus reticulatum, and parallel with the line of the Servian wall. This was surrounded with porticus and shops for various kinds of wares. The southern part of this area seems to have been encroached upon by private dwellings as early as the third century (BC 1874, 36, 212‑219; 1914, 363; Mon. L. I.531; HJ 344; LS III.167).


The Authors' Notes:

1 Fragment 230 belongs to the same building as 4; and the scale, in Hülsen's opinion, is too small for them to have anything to do with the Macellum Magnum.

2 Lib. Cens. Fabre-Duchesne, ii.153.


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