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Rome - Blaeu, Johannes. (1596-1673)
Circus Maximus.
1663. Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, [c.1663]. Original hand-coloured engraving. Plate Size: 55 cm x 42 cm. Sheet Size: 64.5 cm x 55 cm. Original map. In very good condition. Very minor traces of browning to outer margins. Latin text on reverse. [From Atlas van Loon - Volumes X, XI and XII: Blaeu's city books of Italy, covering the Papal States, Rome, Naples, and Sicily, all of 1663. Frederik Willem van Loon commissioned the Atlas, which consisted of a large number of maps published between 1649 and 1676. (Source: 'The Memory' database from Koninklijke Bibliotheek / Dutch National Library.] An attention-grabbing illustrated re-imagining of Rome's Circus Maximus, the city's largest hippodrome. Its principal function was as a chariot racetrack and host of the Roman Games (Ludi Romani) which honoured Jupiter. The racecourse and arena had a capacity ranging between 150,000 spectators, in the era of Julius Caesar, to 250,000, after it was enlarged in the 4th Century AD by the Emperor Constantine. Though in decayed ruins by the time of this engraving, the Circus Maximus is stunningly recaptured in its ancient splendour and Imperial pomp. The main features of the Circus Maximus can be seen: the decorated barrier (spina or euripus) complete with two obelisks dedicated to the sun and the moon (possibly the Lateran and Flaminio obelisks), which were later removed by Pope Sixtus V, and numerous statues and ornamental structures are shown running down the centre of the track. Tripartite conical turning posts (metae) are placed at each end of the track. Golden statues adorn the outer wal … [Click Below for Full Description]
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