Meta Sudans

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Meta Sudans

The reconstruction of Meta Sudans is part of the large and complex reconstruction of the area around the Colosseum and the Fora.

Its structure is shown in a coin dating to the age of Titus and its ruins can be seen in photos of the time.

The definition of the monument on an urban scale is ideal for bird’s eye views, particularly spectacular in this area which includes the most famous monuments in the ancient city.

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Meta Sudans

The monumental fountain located in the valley of the Colosseum at the foot of the Palatine, in the vicinity of the Arch of Constantine due its name from the truncated cone shape which is similar to a half circle.

The fountain was built in the Flavian period, around 80 AD, at the same time as the construction of the nearby Colosseum. Some of the raised part of the monument was still visible until 1936, when it was demolished during the work for the opening of Via dell’Impero. Nevertheless it is possible to reconstruct what the monument looked like thanks to numismatic documentation.

The fountain was constituted by a large tub with a diameter of 15.90 meters, at the center of which was situated a large cone, 17 meters high. The lower part, cylindrical, was faced with marble like the middle layer which was broken up with niches. The upper part in the shape of a cone was made of brick work. The cone was crowned by a sphere or by a three-petal flower with a water spout.

The monument underwent restoration at the beginning of the 4th century AD, when the Arch of Constantine was built, with the addition of large brick structure which surrounded it, increasing its volume substantially.

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