1624 G. Laurus - House of Publius Valerius Publicola - Rome Italy - Architecture
The House of Publius Valerius Publicola. In the sixth century BC, after banishing the monarchy, there was a power struggle between Tarquin the Proud and Lucius Junius Brutus. Brutus won, but his victory was short lived as he died in battle. Publius Valerius emerged and became the sole ruler of Rome. He called himself the Consul and not emperor.
Publius Valerius had a large house on the top of the Caelian Hill, a place where many wealthy people lived. But when he heard criticism about how he had aspirations to be emperor, he moved his house to the bottom of the hill to demonstrate he was a friend of liberty. He passed laws that made him quite popular and he was called Publicola or the peoples’ friend.
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.