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 p248  Graecostadium

Article on p248 of

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

Graecostadium: an area enclosed by walls or buildings and evidently of considerable size in Region VIII (Reg.). It was restored by Antoninus Pius after a fire (Hist. Aug. Ant. Pii 8), and burned again in the reign of Carinus (Chron. 148). Part of the name — Graecost — appears on a fragment (19) of the Marble Plan, and this fragment probably belongs south of the basilica Iulia. The inscription on a slave's collar found in the Tiber: reboca me in Grecostadio Eusebio mancipe (BCr 1902, 126; DR 383), the statement in Seneca (de clem. 13) that there were dealers in worthless slaves near the temple of Castor, and the fact that the Graecostadium is mentioned in the Notitia between the vicus Iugarius and porticus Margaritaria, and in the Curiosum between the vicus and the basilica Iulia, make it probable that the Graecostadium was an open court, surrounded by buildings that were used for shops or dwellings, and that it was situated south of the forum, between it and the present church of S. Maria della Consolazione. It may be identified with the Ἑλλήνων ἀγορά of Plutarch (de sollert. anim. 19) which is called τέμενος and in front of which was a barber's shop. (Ann. d. Inst. 1860, 153; Mitt. 1905, 11‑14; RE VII.1692).

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