Lined on one side by the house and gardens of L. Aelius Lami
and the Via Merulana
a vast portico and a semi circular swimming pool
completed the view of Lamia’s gardens (Horti Lamiani
The construction probably offered a shelter to strollers against sun or bad weather.
On the left of the picture a part of Mæcenas’ gardens (Horti Maecenatis
) and Fronto’s gardens
associated to Mæcenas’ gardens, even if the House of Cornelius Fronto
consul and tutor of Marcus-Aurelius was a few steps away from the gardens.
Situated more east, the
( Horti Torquatiani
are badly known and cannot be attributed to any owner. They are part of an area where a legendary sanctuary might have been erected.
The region is therefore described as ad spem veterem
(to the ancient hope), close to the district of the Prænestina gate.
As a great transit road, the Via Labicana
entered Rome through the Porta Prænestina at the bottom of the picture (today Porta Maggiore)
and went completely through the East Esquiline up to the Porta Esquilina, which became Gallian’s Arch.
We are now passing the Via Labicana and shall discover the
north-east region of the Esquiline.