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Villa dei Quintili la più grande antica e grande villa privata, sequestrata dall’imperatore….

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Villa dei Quintili si trovava dopo il quinto miglio della Via Appia, che si affacciava sull’ingresso principale, su una collina creata da una eruzione vulcanica, fino al torrente (chiamato – ancora oggi – Fosso dello Statuario). La villa risale alla prima metà del secondo secolo . La sua identificazione è stata resa possibile dalla ricerca dei nomi del proprietario stampati sui tubi di piombo (fistulae aquariae) sul sito. Questi erano i due fratelli Sesto Cordiano Massimo e Sesto Valerio Massimo, membri di una delle più importanti famiglie senatorie ai tempi degli Antonini. La villa copriva una superficie di circa 1000 metri quadrati. Era una delle più grandi della periferia della città e le sue numerose e imponenti rovine erano state conosciute in passato come “la vecchia Roma”. Tenuto in onore da Antonino Pio e Marco Aurelio, la loro ricchezza e fortuna hanno suscitato l’avidità di Commodo, che li ha accusati di aver cospirato contro di lui e nel 182-183 li ha uccisi prendendo i loro beni.

The large property became an imperial villa until the Emperor Tacitus, that is, until the third century. The complex was then partially in use until the sixth century (were found brick stamps from the time of Theodoric).

As happened to all the old imperial properties, the fundus of the Quintili became owned by the church. The villa which was also called Roma Vecchia, perhaps for the grandeur of the ruins – the late eighteenth century, it became property of the Hospital of the Holy Savior at Sancta Santorum (now St. John Lateran Hospital). In 1797 it was sold by the pawnshop, who managed the hospital assets, Giovanni Raimondo Torlonia, at which Pius VI gave a few years later also the Marquis of the same name, specifically created. 

 

Along the consular roads the Romans built their tombs. The villa of the Quintili is a historically prestigious place, near the two tombs of the Horatii and the Curiazi. Next to the fundus – bordering on that of Herodes Atticus – was located among other burial of Titus Pomponius Atticus, the friend of Cicero. It was perhaps for this reason that the first findings of which we know, the sarcophagus containing the remains of a young girl in excellent condition found in 1485 at the house kept by the monks of Santa Maria Nova, was thought to be in Tulliola, the daughter of Cicero, and exhibited at the Palace of the Conservatives until they had to bury him again. 

The most famous sculptures found in this villa, now housed in the Vatican Museums, the Glyptotek in Monaco, the Louvre museum and private collections, are The Aphrodite Braschi and two executions of the Child with the goose. Of this group, the modern Antiquarium of Villa was given a Christian alabaster bearing the ἰχθύς, from the excavations of 1792 and already the Kircher Museum.

 

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