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Blaeu, Johannes. (1596-1673).
Circus Flaminius E Veterum Monumentis in Lucem Eductus.
Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, [c.1663]. Original hand-coloured engraving. Plate Size: 54.2 cm x 42.3 cm. Sheet Size: 64.6 cm x 55 cm. Original map. In very good condition. Very minor traces of browning to outer margins. Latin text on reverse. From Blaeu's ‚Theatrum Civitatum et Admirandorum Italiae.' An attention-grabbing illustrated re-imagining of Rome's Circus Flaminius, a hippodrome, located in the southern end of the Campus Martius near the Tiber River. It contained a small race-track used for obscure games, and various other buildings and monuments. It was „built", or sectioned off, by Gaius Flaminius in 221 BC. The Circus Flaminius was never meant to rival the much larger Circus Maximus, and, unlike the Circus Maximus, it was not just an entertainment venue. It almost certainly lacked a track designed for chariot racing. The only ludi held there were the Taurian Games, which featured horseback racing around turning posts (metae). The obscure Taurian Games were held to propitiate the gods of the underworld (di inferi), and seem to have been symbolically grounded in the site itself, as they were never moved to a different circus. Though in abandoned ruins by the time of this engraving, the Circus Flaminius is stunningly recaptured in its ancient splendour and Imperial pomp by Blaeu. The main features of the Circus Flaminius can be seen: the decorated barrier (spina or euripus) complete with two obelisks dedicated to the moon and sun, and numerous devotional monuments to Neptune, Isis and Apollo are shown running down the centre of the track. Tripartite conical turning po … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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