Porticus Octaviae - Rome, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 41° 53.537 E 012° 28.695
33T E 290795 N 4640891
Quick Description: The structure was built by Augustus in the name of his sister, Octavia Minor, sometime after 27 BC, in place of the Porticus Metelli.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 10/9/2015 12:25:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMPQTV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 4

Long Description:
The colonnaded walks of the portico enclosed the temples of Jupiter Stator and Juno Regina, next to the Theater of Marcellus. It burned in 80 AD and was restored, probably by Domitian, and again after a second fire in 203 AD by Septimius Severus and Caracalla. It was adorned with foreign marble and contained many famous works of art, enumerated in Pliny's ''Natural History''. The structure was damaged by an earthquake in 442 AD, when two of the destroyed columns were replaced with an archway which still stands. The church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria was built in the ruins circa 770 AD.

Besides the pre-existing temples, the enclosure included a library erected by Octavia in memory of her son Marcus Claudius Marcellus, the curia Octaviae, and a schola. Whether these were different parts of one building, or entirely different structures, is uncertain. It was probably in the curia that the senate is recorded as meeting. The whole is referred to by Pliny the Elder as Octaviae opera.

The portico was used as a fish market from the medieval period, and up to the end of 19th century. This role is remembered in the name of the annexed church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (Italian: "the Holy Angel in the Fish Market").
Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Empire > 27 B.C.

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Condition: Partly intact or reconstructed

Admission Fee: Not listed

Opening days/times: Not listed

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