The Amphitheater of Statilius Taurus. An amphitheater can be distinguished from a circus or a hippodrome by the shape. Roman amphitheaters were theaters that were round. The word means "theater all around." Usually they were multi-storied and arcaded.
This amphitheater was built in 29 BC by Titus Statilius Taurus, a wealthy general and politician in the time of Emperor Augustus. The amphitheater was built of stone and wood on the Campus Martius in Rome, but it was not a large one. In 57 AD, Nero built a new bigger wooden amphitheater, either on this site or a new one, the Amphitheatrum Neronis. After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, both amphitheaters were lost.
Lauro, Giacomo ( Jacobus Laurus )
Antiquae Urbis Splendor, Hoc Est Praecipua Eiusdem Templa Amphitheatra Theatra Circi Naumachiae Arcus Triumphales Mausolea .
Romae, Apresso Vitale Mascardi, Roma, 1624.
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: 30 x 22 cm