Lucius Cornelius Balbus was born in Spain. He obtained Roman citizenship in his youth and was the first naturalized citizen. He was also the last private person to celebrate a triumph in 19 B.C. With this wealth, he built a theater in the Campus Martius. It was dedicated in 13 B.C. and was the smallest of Rome's three stone theaters. Fire damaged it in 80 A.D. and it was restored shortly afterwards. It stood west and adjacent to the Crypta Balbi and near the Tiber River. During the dedication of the theater in 13 B.C., the Tiber River flooded, and the ceremony participants had to arrive by boat.
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.