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 p420  Porticus Aemilia

Article on p420 of

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

Porticus Aemilia:

(a) extra portam Trigeminam, built by the aediles L. Aemilius Lepidus and L. Aemilius Paullus in 193 B.C. (Liv. XXXV.10.12), and restored in 174 by the censors Q. Fulvius Flaccus and A. Postumius Albinus (Liv. XLI.27.8). Livy also says (ib.) of these censors — et extra eandem portam in Aventinum porticum silice straverunt et eo publico ab aede Veneris fecerunt, which seems to mean that they paved another porticus running from the porta Trigemina to the temple of Venus Obsequens (q.v.), on the slope of the Aventine, near the lower end of the circus Maximus. Five years earlier, in 179 B.C., the censor M. Fulvius Flaccus is said to have contracted for a porticus extra portam Trigeminam (Liv. XL.51.6). What connection these had with each other, or with the Aemilia, is unknown (HJ 173, 174; Merlin 251). For remains attributed to this building, see Emporium.

(b) A porta Fontinali ad Martis aram (Liv. XXXV.10.12) built at the same time as (a). Its exact location depends upon that of the Porta Fontinalis (q.v.) and of the Ara Martis (q.v.), and in any case would not be far north of the Capitoline hill, nor far from the line of the Via Lata (CP 1908, 66‑73).

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