Monumental inscription and rare mosaic found at Roman Baths of Aquinum
A monumental inscription and a mosaic of a rhinoceros were discovered during the 8th excavation season carried out by the University of Salento at the bath-complex (thermae) of the Roman colony of Aquinum (Castrocielo) in Italy's central Lazio region where more than 70 rooms (ambienti) have already been excavated.
|The inscription of Marcus Veccius [Credit Antonio Mariozzi]|
M VECCIVS M F IIVIR QVINQ ITER BALNEVM VIRILE ET MVLIEBR CRYPTAM PALAESTR ORNAMENTA DE SUA PECVNIA FACIVNDA CVRAVIT
M Veccius (M.F. = MARCI FILIUS : "son of Marcus") as supreme magistrate (IIVIR= Duumvir) five times (QUINQ) the baths for men and women (BALNEUM VIRILE ET MULIEBR), the vaults (CRYPTA) and the ornaments (ORNAMENTA) of the gymnasium (PALAESTR) built at his own expense (SUA PECVNIA FACIVNDA CVRAVIT).
|Mosaic of Rhinoceros [Credit: Paola Giglio]|
|Head of Germanicus in situ [Credit: Paola Giglio]|
|Columns belonging to the bath-complex [Credit: Massimo Dieciorsi Meridio]|
|Marble trapezophorum (table support) with lion head and paw (missing) |
[Credit: Massimo Dieciorsi Meridio]
|General view of the thermai at Aquinum [Credit: Massimo Dieciorsi Meridio]|
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Source: Il Corriere [October 06, 2016]