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The origins of Roman monumental architecture

Excavations near Rome are giving archaeologists a glimpse into the origins of Roman monumental architecture.

Now, at excavations 11 miles east of Rome’s city center, archaeologists think they are catching a glimpse of Roman tastes in monumental architecture much earlier than previously thought, about 300 years before the Colosseum. They have uncovered ruins of a vast complex of stone walls and terraces connected by a grand stairway and surrounded by many rooms, a showcase of wealth and power spread over an area more than half the size of a football field. They say this was most likely the remains of a public building in the heyday of the city-state Gabii, or possibly an exceptionally lavish private residence.

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Story: John Noble Wilford, New York Times | Photo: Anna Gallone/The Gabii Project

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