1624 G. Laurus - Meta Sudans near the Colosseum Rome Italy - Copper engraving - Architecture - AntiqueORIGINALS
1624 G. Laurus - Meta Sudans near the Colosseum Rome Italy - Copper engraving - Architecture - AntiqueORIGINALS

1624 G. Laurus - Meta Sudans near the Colosseum Rome Italy - Copper engraving - Architecture

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The Meta Sudans was a large fountain that stood near the Colosseum. It may have been built by Domitian in 96 AD. The name comes from the sudans, which describes the jets of water from the meta, which was a goal in the circus. Though no longer standing, it is represented on a coin of Alexander Severus. It may have still been partially standing in 1743.

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