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1624 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE Temple of Cybele Palatine Hill Rome Italy - Classical architecture

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The image depicts the Temple of Cybele located on the Palatine Hill. Also called the Temple of Magna Mater, it was Rome's first and most important temple to the "Great Mother", whose Greek name was Cybele. It was built to house a statue and a black stone (possibly a meteorite) brought from Greek Asia Minor in 204 BC. The new temple was dedicated in April 191 BC, and Magna Mater's first Megalesia festival was held on the temple's proscenium. The temple burned and was rebuilt several times until it was ordered destroyed in 394 AD by Emperor Theodosius I.

Lauro, Giacomo ( Jacobus Laurus )

Antiquae Urbis Splendor, Hoc Est Praecipua Eiusdem Templa Amphitheatra Theatra Circi Naumachiae Arcus Triumphales Mausolea .

Romae, Apresso Vitale Mascardi, Roma, 1612-1622.

FROM THE VERY SCARCE FIRST ISSUE ISSUED IN PARTS UNTIL 1622. CORRESPONDINGLY THE ENGRAVING ARE PARTICULARLY CRISP AND WELL DEFINED. In this, and only this, issue there is not text to the verso of the engravings

FINE ENGRAVING from one of the most influential and beautiful works on the monuments and antiquities of ancient Rome. The Antiquae urbis splendor, ('The Splendor of the Ancient City') served as an important reference book and source of inspiration for many writers and artists. Giacomo Lauro was a roman printmaker active from 1583 to about 1650. 

Leaf: 27.5 x 21 cm

In very good condition. Worm tract to lower margin just impinging on plate mark.