[image ALT: Much of my site will be useless to you if you've got the images turned off!]
Bill Thayer

[image ALT: Cliccare qui per una pagina di aiuto in Italiano.]

[Link to a series of help pages]
[Link to the next level up]
[Link to my homepage]

 p141  Crypta Balbi

Article on pp141‑142 of

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

Crypta Balbi: mentioned only in the Notitia (Reg. IX),º but probably built by Balbus in 15 B.C. at the same time as his theatre (q.v.). The  p142 name is best explained as a term used for a vaulted passage lighted from above (RE IV.1732), and this building may have been a sort of ambulatory round the cavea of the theatre. No traces of it have been found,​a and the remains in the Via dei Calderari, formerly identified as the Crypta Balbi, belong to another structure (cf. Porticus Minucia; HJ 521, 545; Jord. II.534; Gilb. III.329).

Thayer's Note:

a The building was finally found, and to a large extent excavated, between 1981 and 2000 when an interesting museum was opened in part of it. It is more of a monumental complex than a mere building, covering about an hectare (two and a half acres), and including among other things a well-preserved Mithraeum.

[image ALT: Valid HTML 4.01.]

Page updated: 1 Jun 20