Hadrian’s Theatre in Rome Discovered

Piazza Venezia, RomeArchaeologists who have completed the excavation of a 900-seat arts centre under one of Rome’s busiest roundabouts are calling it the most important Roman discovery in 80 years. The centre, built by the emperor Hadrian in AD123, offered three massive halls where Roman nobles flocked to hear poetry, speeches and philosophy tracts while reclining on terraced marble seating. “Hadrian’s auditorium is the biggest find in Rome since the Forum was uncovered in the 1920s,” said Rossella Rea, the archaeologist running the dig. The complex was only unearthed thanks to excavations to build a new underground railway line which will cross the heart of Rome. The site is under Piazza Venezia, a main transportation hub in central Rome and site of the Victor Emmanuel II monument, Italy’s first king.

For the full story published by the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/26/hadrians-hall-roman-emperor-arts-centre

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