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Archaeological Register


By James Packer


For centuries, chance discoveries of the remains of the Theater of Pompey have been made in and around the Pio Palace. Virtually all these discoveries have been lost, and I have, therefore, prepared a catalogue that includes the written references (published and unpublished) that cite and describe these discoveries. From these entries, future students of the Theater of Pompey may gain a fairly accurate idea of the types, measurements, and marbles that once made up the fabric of the Theater. In most cases, the original description of the fragment is given in as complete a form as possible, and the entries below are arranged  according to architectural type: bases, shafts (by material and size), capitals (Corinthian, Corinthianizing, Ionic), architraves, friezes, architrave/friezes, cornices, entablatures, archivolts, transennas, pavements, inscriptions, sculpture, walls and  piers, stairs/seats, miscellaneous objects, the Hecatostylum, streets, the Forma Urbis, the Temple of Venus Victrix, the scaenae frons, colonnades, and construction.

Model of Palazzo Pio and the Surrounding Buildings (John Burge)