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 p371  Odeum

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

Odeum: a building for musical performances, erected by Domitian in the campus Martius, probably near the Stadium (Suet. Dom. 5; Eutrop. VII.23; Chron. 146; Hier. a. Abr. 2105). It was restored by Apollodorus in the reign of Trajan (Dion Cass. LXIX.4) and contained 10600 loca, that is, places for about 5000 spectators (cf. BC 1894, 310‑324). In the fourth century it was regarded as among the most conspicuous monuments in Rome (Amm. Marcell. XVI.10.14); in the fifth as one of the seven mira praecipua (Pol. Silv. 545). It is possible that the artificial elevation, called monte Giordano, covers its ruins (HJ 594).

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