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A rare Roman stone fragment from the "Baths of Caracalla" Rome, old Victorian collection. SOLD
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c.212-235 A.D. A rare stone fragment from the famous Roman Baths, the Baths of Caracalla, also known as the "Thermae Antoninianae" .This fragment of stone surface together with its original cement on the underside comes from an old Victorian collection and was excavated c.1894 by a Rev.H.Ramsey & S.Knight Esq. [The Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy, were the city's second largest Roman public baths, or thermae, likely built between AD 212 (or 211) and 216/217, during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. They were in operation until the A.D. 530s and then fell into disuse and ruin. Construction of the baths was probably initiated by emperor Septimius Severus and completed during the reign of his son, Caracalla. For work to have been mostly completed in the time of Caracalla, workers would have had to install over 2,000 tons of material every day for six years in order to complete it between AD 211 (when Severus died) and AD 216. The baths were likely mostly finished by AD 235. The building was heated by a hypocaust, a system of burning coal and wood underneath the ground to heat water provided by a dedicated aqueduct. The baths were free and open to the public, The last photo gives an artists impression of the Baths interior]. The fragment measures 50mm wide x 40mm deep x 28mm thick and is in very good condition and is accompanied by its original old collection label, a rare opportunity to obtain a piece of this most famous and prestigious of Roman Baths.