Brill’s New Pauly

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On the coast near the modern town of S., half-way between Naples and Rome is a site, described in Antiquity as a praetorium (Suet. Tib. 39) or villa (Tac. Ann. 4,59), with a grotto in the rock in which Tiberius was supposed to have almost been killed by falling lumps of stone. In essence the site consists of three complexes: a large court area directly on the sea behind a terrace bordered by porticoes, the central building of the villa, and, opposite, the grotto (plan: A), architecturally developed and with groups of s…

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Lesky, Michael (Tübingen), “Sperlonga”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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