Rome’s Most Important Discovery in 10 years

Archaeologists have considered it one of the most important discoveries since the Roman Forum: a recently completed excavation of a 900-seat auditorium under Rome’s piazza Venezia, believed to have been funded by Emperor Hadrian around 123 CE.

Situated 5.5 metres below ground, with three halls, 13 metre-high arched ceilings and terraced marble seating, the auditorium was part of an ancient arts complex, where Rome’s noblemen gathered to hear poetry recitals, speeches and treatises on philosophy.

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