Old St Peters, the Circus of Caligula and the Phrygianum | Roger Pearse

@Roger Pearse

About these ads

One thought on “Old St Peters, the Circus of Caligula and the Phrygianum | Roger Pearse

  1. [Also posted on Roger Pearse's website]
    Sorry I can’t reference this but this site very much interests me and I have searched around for info on this Circus over the years.
    I am very positive that the 2nd (tilted) Plan is accurate.
    The 1st is from 1892 and I believe(?) they just guessed at it as they knew where the obelisk was originally located and then just paralleled the Circus Plan with the Basilica?

    I’m very certain that in the past century since that 1st Plan was drawn they have discovered remains of the ‘Starting Gates’ on the right of the Plan roughly where the outlined Circus ends.
    And at the left curved opposite end they discovered a section of the curved Circus wall (I believe it was an accidental discovery at a building construction site?).

    I could be wrong about the “orientation of the circus” although I am certain that is what they had found?
    The obelisk very likely was Caligula’s main showpiece so putting it in the center of the spina I believe makes the most sense plus its height.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s