Clubhouse of the Greens

    A building complex of three interconnected rooms located to the north of S. Septimius Nymphaeum is dated to the Early Byzantine period. It comprises, from the west to the east, a peristyle courtyard, a rectangular room, and to its north another room extending in the east-west direction and not entirely uncovered yet. The core of the complex is the peristyle courtyard, which communicates with the rooms to the east and north via doorways. The peristyle is accessed via the doorway from the northward alley to the west of the Nymphaeum. Its lintel bears a Greek inscription of the fourth century identifying this building as the clubhouse of the Greens, a chariot rider club. The rectangular peristyle courtyard has a pool of 5.30x3 m in the centre and is surrounded with three columns on the north and three more on the south. In the south of the peristyle is a stairway originally leading upstairs, and to its west is a platform with a fountain of Late Antiquity measuring 1.29x1.36 m. Three monolithic panels of travertine with balusters in the corners form a pool. The fountain’s inscription praises Ametor, son of Patricius. This fountain was supplied from the Nymphaeum of S. Severus.
     This clubhouse of chariot riders was renovated in the reign of Diocletian (r. 284-305) and remained in use until the earthquake of 494.

 

 


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