Macellum Liviae

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Macellum Liviae ("market of Livia") was a shopping complex built by Augustus in the name of his wife Livia built on the Esquiline Hill in Rome.

Literary evidence

Probably to be identified with τὸ τεμένισμα τὸ Λίουιον ὠνομασμένον, which Tiberius dedicated at the beginning of 7 BC. A restoration between 364 and 378 by Valentinian I, Valens and Gratian is recorded, is marked on fragment 4 of the Severan Marble Plan.

In the Chronicle of Benedict of Soracte the aecclesia Sancti Eusebii iuxta macellum parvum (church of Sant'Eusebio next to the small market) is mentioned. In the Liber Pontificalis the church of Santa Maria Maggiore was described as iuxta macellum Libiae (next to Libia's market), and in the Ordo Benedicti is written: intrans sub arcum (i.e. the arch of Gallienus) ubi dicitur macellum Livianum (internally under the arch where it is called the Livian market).


Corresponding with these literary indications, ruins have been found just...
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