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 p125  Clivus Scauri

Article on p125 of

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

Black-and‑white images are from Platner; any color photos are mine © William P. Thayer

Clivus Scauri: a street ascending from the depression between the Palatine and the Caelian, and running east to the top of the latter hill, the point now marked by the Piazza della Navicella. It branched off from the street connecting the circus Maximus and Colosseum, just north of the Septizonium where the church of S. Gregorio now stands, and seems to have coincided in general with the modern Via di SS. Giovanni e Paolo.​a The name occurs only in post-classical documents (Jord. II.594‑595;​1 LPD I.481, n. 19) and in various tenth century documents of the Reg. Sublac. (HCh 256‑257), but is probably ancient, and may be the vicus Scauri of one inscription (CIL VI.9940). It has been conjectured that the vicus trium Ararum mentioned on the Capitoline Base in Region I (CIL VI.975), and in a dedicatory inscription found in front of S. Gregorio (CIL VI.453), may have been another name for the lower part of this street (HJ 201, 231; DAP 2.ix.409). There was also a church of S. Trinitas in clivo Scauri to the west of S. Gregorio near the Arcus Stillans (q.v.); see HCh 493.

The Authors' Note:

1 But the reference in Eins. 9.2 is to the monastery of S. Gregorio (Mon. L. I.503; HCh 256, 257) and not to the road.

Thayer's Note:

a On the strength of archaeological consensus, the street has been renamed since this article was published. It is now the Clivo di Scauro, and looks like this:

[image ALT: A single-lane paved road, very strikingly spanned by five large brick-and‑stone arches, buttresses sloping down from the building on the right, toward a wall on the left. The effect is that of a tunnel, at the end of which can be seen some trees. It is a view of the Clivo di Scauro next to the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, in Rome.]
You are looking west.
The arches are mediaeval buttresses supporting the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
Notice the lapidary fragments in the S wall.

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