Hadrian's Villa--page 6 (of nine pages)

Architect unknown; it is likely that Hadrian participated in the design and planning of his villa
early 2nd century CE

Included on this site are the following areas of the villa:
page 1: the Pecile and the Heliocaminus Bath
page 2: areas of or near the Imperial Palace, including the Building with Doric Pillars
page 3: Maritime Theater
page 4: Philosophers' Chamber and Greek and Roman Libraries
page 5: Piazza d'Oro
page 6: Building with Fishpond and Large Baths
page 7: Praetorium, Small Baths and Vestibule, Nymphaeum with three Exedra
page 8: the Canopus
page 9: the Serapeum and the Temple of Venus

Building with Fishpond

The area of this building is laid out on three levels, with the rooms on the highest levels provided with a system of heating; thus this is also called the "Winter Palace." It is speculated that this was the Emperor's residence because it could be used in the winter and because it was richly decorated.

The Great Baths

There were three bath complexes within the villa, which indicates the importance Romans placed on this activity. The baths would have been used by all who stayed on the premises. All baths consisted of the following: dressing room, sauna, hot bath, warm bath and cold bath.

Area of the Great Baths


An exedra in the Large Baths; center, the mosaic floor

Continue to page 7.

Work Cited and/or Consulted:
Benedetta Adembri. Hadrian's Villa [official guidebook]. Milan: Electa, 2000.
Nicoletto Lanciano. Hadrian's Villa: between heaven and earth. Rome: Apeiron, 2005.

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