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Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus

Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus

This was a monumental fountain, built by Alexander Severus (A.D. 208-235) and located at a fork between the Via┬áTiburtina and the Via┬áLabicana. Substantial remains of brick-faced concrete can be seen in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. The fountain is reconstructed as a two-storied façade with a wide central niche and arched openings on each side; its design thus evokes a triumphal arch. Statues occupied the niches. Two sculptures known as the “Trophies of Marius” still survive and can be seen atop the staircase leading up to the Piazza Campidoglio. They were recycled from an earlier triumphal monument built by Domitian.

Nymphaeum Alexandri

From Samuel Ball Platner, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, rev. Thomas Ashby. Oxford: 1929, p. 364.

On the Esquiline in Region V (Not. Cur.), mentioned also in one inscription (CIL VI.31893d, 5). It was probably a monumental fountain connected with the aqua Alexandrina. For a discussion of its identification with either of the nymphaea described above, or with another that is reported to have been found in the Villa Altieri, see HJ 350; Jord. I.1.478; Mitt. 1923-4, 185-192; LA 385-386, and literature cited there.

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