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Dizionario topografico dell' antica Roma, del 1929
(in questo sito, facendo parte della Topographia Vrbis Romæ)

Samuel Ball Platner (completato e modificato da Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
Londra: Oxford University Press, 1929.

This large volume of over 600 pages was for many years the standard reference work, in the English-speaking world at least, on the city of Rome, its hills, its streets, its walls and monuments.

Since 1929, research has progressed immensely, hundreds of scholars having opened new excavations in Rome, or analyzed old ones, as well as inscriptions, coins and literary evidence. For scholarly purposes the work is therefore dated; and to some extent superseded by A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome by L. Richardson, jr, published in 1992; and that work in turn is already in part being superseded by the results from recent and current archaeology, among which in particular the major excavations of Trajan's Forum and the surrounding area.

But in view of the paucity of solid material (and the relatively large amount of nonsense) on the Web, caviling with Platner & Ashby is just that: the work remains extremely useful. I'll be putting a small selection of articles online, mostly as background material for other webpages. I do not intend to put the whole work online.

I've tried to link the references to Latin texts or other sites on the Web, as appropriate; and have sometimes illustrated the text with my own photographs. In the best medieval manner, I occasionally comment the text in a footnote, or when I manage to express myself succinctly, as Javascript annotations that you can read by placing your cursor over the little bullets of various colors,º or sometimes over the images.

The 1929 text of the Topographical Dictionary is now in the public domain; it is online [ALT dell' immagine: missing ALT] here courtesy of the University of Chicago.

As grateful as we should be for it, though, that Web edition has one major flaw. It is not searchable text, but rather a series of scanned images, page by page. That is why I felt it useful to put some pages up myself: the Lacus­Curtius pages of Platner are fully searchable.

My own photographs, and technically my notes, are not in the public domain, of course. If you have copyright questions, just ask.

Articles republished on my site (major articles are in boldface)

General Topic Areas Entries
Large Spaces

Le 4 Regioni Serviane ad Nucem Aequimelium Alta Semita Area Splenis Asylum Forum Augustum Foro Olitorio [Link ad una pagina in Italiano] Forum Iulium [Link ad una pagina in Italiano] Forum Tauri Palatinus Piscina Publica Sucusa

Buildings basilicas

Basilica Argentaria Basilica Constantini (Basilica of Maxentius) the Basilicas of Marciana and Matidia


Baths of Agrippa Baths of Caracalla Baths of Diocletian Baths of Nero (= Baths of Alexander Severus) Baths of Trajan

entertainment facilities

Amphitheatrum Castrense Amphitheatrum Flavium (the Colosseum) Stadium Domitiani Theatrum Pompei

government offices, etc.

Diribitorium (vote counting office) Ovile (voting area) Porticus Minucia (welfare office) Regia


Antoninus and Faustina Apollo in the Campus Martius Apollo Palatine Ara Maxima Herculis Ara Pacis shrines of the Argei Castor and Pollux (2 temples) Fausta Felicitas Genius Populi Romani Divi Iulii (Temple of Julius Caesar in the Forum) • Jupiter Capitolinus [Link ad una pagina in Italiano] Jupiter Stator (2 temples) Jupiter Tonans Juturna Mars (several temples) Matidia Minerva Medica Nymphaeum Pantheon Serapis Templum Pacis (Temple of Peace) Templum Solis (Temple of the Sun) tres Aedes Fortunae Venus & Rome Venus Genetrix Venus Victrix (2) • Victoria


Castra Peregrina

Monuments arches

introductory entry (and a number of lesser arches) • Arch of Augustus Arch of Tiberius (2) Arch of Titus Arco di Druso not the same as Arcus Drusi Arco di Portogallo Janus Quadrifrons Porta Triumphalis

columns & rostra

Rostra Rostra Augusti Columnae Rostratae C. Duilii Columna Rostrata Aemilii Paulli Columna Rostrata Augusti Tribunal Aurelium


Obeliscus Augusti (Horologium Augusti) Obeliscus Augusti in Circo Maximo Obeliscus Hortorum Sallustianorum Obeliscus Isei Campensis


Sepulchrum C. Cestii (Pyramid of Cestius)


Antrum Cyclopis Busta Gallica Equus Tremuli Fornix Augusti Fornix Fabianus the Lacus Curtius Lupercal Manalis Lapis Puteal Libonis


Horti Maecenatis Horti Sallustiani Stagnum Agrippae


introductory entry (and a number of lesser porticoes) • Porticus Aemilia Porticus of the Argonauts Porticus Deorum Consentium Porticus Liviae Porticus Margaritaria Porticus Minucia Porticus Octaviae Porticus Pompei Porticus Vipsania

Roads, Streets & Bridges

Clivus Argentarius Clivus Capitolinus Clivus Scauri all other clivi (or cliva) Gradus . . . (all of them) Nova Via Pons Aelius Pons Aurelius Pons Cestius Pons Neronianus the Sacred Way (Sacra Via, Via Sacra) Scalae Caci Scalae Gemoniae (all other scalae) Via Appia Via Asinaria Via Aurelia Via Collatina Via Cornelia Via Flaminia Via Latina Via Nomentana Via Ostiensis Via Portuensis Via Tecta (Via Recta) Via Tiburtina Via Triumphalis Vicus Drusianus Vicus Tuscus Vicus Sandaliarius

Rivers, Springs and Lakes

Lacus Iuturnae

Walls & Gates

The Pomerium gates: index page (and a number of lesser gates not listed below) • Porta Appia Porta Asinaria Porta Aurelia Porta Caelimontana Porta Capena Porta Carmentalis Porta Collina Porta Esquilina Porta Flaminia Porta Flumentana Porta Fontinalis Porta Latina Porta Lavernalis Porta Metrovia (Porta Metronia) Porta Naevia Porta Nomentana Porta Ostiensis Porta Pinciana Porta Querquetulana Porta Quirinalis Porta Raudusculana Porta Romana (Porta Romanula) Porta Salaria Porta Sanqualis Porta Septimiana Porta Tiburtina Porta Triumphalis Porta Viminalis


Anio Novus Anio Vetus Aqua Appia Aqua Claudia Aqua Iulia Aqua Marcia Aqua Tepula Aqua Traiana Aqua Virgo Arcus Stillans Arcus Neroniani (the Neronian Arches)

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