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Domitian's Stadio or Hippodrome (Stadium)

This was one of Domitian's project. It looks like a gigantic trough (some 145m long) surrounded by a two-story portico. Some say it was designed to stage private games and spectacles for the emperor; others say it was a garden or an atheletes' ground. The small oval track at the southern end dates from 6C and is the work of Theodoric, the Ostrogoth, who occupied the Palatine at that period. The huge recess in the center of the long east side, which is visible in the photo above, may have been reserved for the emperor.

Last Revised September 28, 2007

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