Roma–Castra Praetoria


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Bingham, S. 2013: The Praetorian Guard: A History of Rome’s Elite Special Forces, London, 69–75

Busch, A. W. 2011: Militär in Rom. Militärische und paramilitärische Einheiten im kaiserzeitlichen Stadtbild, Palilia 20, Wiesbaden, 31–71

Cecilia, L. 1986: ‘Castra Praetoria’, Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma 91, 366–8

Coarelli, F. 2007: Rome and Environs. An Archaeological Guide, Berkeley, 247–8

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Visiting and browsing

The north and east walls of the Tiberian camp survive largely intact, embedded within the Aurelian Walls of the ancient city. The north and east walls are bounded by the Viale del Policlinico, whilst the north wall is breached by the Viale Castro Praetorio so the exterior is accessible and free of tourists. The north-east corner is completely exposed at the road junction, whereas the north-west corner is partly concealed by the junction with the rest of the Aurelian Walls.

The visible south-east corner is not in the original position and is a post-Roman rebuild. Nothing of the interior can be seen and it is now occupied by an army barracks and by the national library.

A series of photographs of the north and east walls is available on Flickr. Arachne has catalogues of both the architectural remains and the grave monuments and these tie in with Busch 2011. An annotated, hyperlinked transcritpion of Platner and Ashby is available online at Lacus Curtius. This page considers a 1747 print of the east wall of the Castra Praetoria.

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Page last updated 23rd November 2013