ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTARUO ARCHITETTURA: “The Templum Pacis” & “Galen & Peri Alupias”; s.v., P. L. Tucci & M. Nicholls (2013-14); R. Pearse, V. Bourdon-Millot & A. Pietrobelli (2005-13); etc.
Breve traduzione in italiano: Una nuova ricerca delle Biblioteche del Tempio della Pace e la nuova scoperta del medico romano Galeno antico manoscritto “Peri alupias” (2005-14).
Note: When attempting to define the term “Peri alupias” in English, problematically, a number of recent scholarly works briefly discussing the term have had several interpretations of the definition of Galen’s term: “Peri alupias (Avoiding Distress)”; “Peri alupias (On the Avoidance of Grief)”; & “Peri Alupias (On Not Being Depressed), “etc.
Fonte | foto | source: Matthew Nicholls, JRS MARCH 2013 (see below).
— Prof. Arch. Pier Luigi Tucci, The Forma Urbis and the Templum Pacis Work in progress on the Severan Marble Plan of Rome & Nuove osservazioni sull’architettura del Templum Pacis (2009, 2012 & 2014).
Tucci 1): The Templum Pacis and its library
The Templum Pacis, a monumental building dedicated by Vespasian in AD 75 near the Forum of Augustus, was remodeled under Domitian and eventually restored by Septimius Severus after the fire of AD 192. Taking into consideration the archaeological evidence, my survey sheds new light on the architecture and function of this complex, as opposed to the reconstruction presented in the exhibition ‘La Biblioteca Infinita’, on view at the Colosseum until October 2014. In particular, I will focus on the library of the Templum Pacis and explain why it should be identified with the great hall towards the Via Sacra that before my survey was wrongly regarded as a Severan addition. I will highlight the architectural similarities between the library of Peace and the library of Apollo on the Palatine hill, and reconsider the information on books and libraries provided by Galen in his treatise On the avoidance of grief.
Location: Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402, 4:30 pm
Event Date: Sep 11, 2014
Organization: Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
Tucci 2). Reconstruction of the Templum Pacis, with comments on the exhibition ‘La Biblioteca Infinita’ at the Colosseum (Rome, March-October 2014).
PS – Not mentioned in the catalog:
3) Galen (cf. page 276; with few exceptions, the authors are unaware of Galen’s newly-rediscovered Peri Alupias).
‘Sono venuti cosi’ formandosi monopoli e oligopoli su gruppi di monumenti da parte di determinate istituzioni o meglio di individui all’interno di esse, che impediscono molte volte a studiosi italiani e stranieri di dispiegare la ricerca, con danno per gli studi. E se qualche outsider rispetto a quei poteri riesce, cio’ nonostante, a elaborare una propria proposta, diversa o non coincidente con quella ufficialmente accreditata, essa viene maltrattata in base a un malcelato principio di lesa maestà, evidente segnale della nostra arretratezza, e magari poi riconosciuta senza neppure ricordarla’
(A. Carandini, Atlante di Roma Antica (Milan 2012) vol. 1, p. 39).
Tucci 3). Nuove osservazioni sull’architettura del Templum Pacis
Updating (March 2014). For a desperate attempt to dismiss my observations on the Templum Pacis, cf. R. Meneghini in ‘La Biblioteca Infinita.’ I confirm that in the rear wall of the SE portico of the Templum Pacis there are no recesses for the wooden trusses envisioned by Meneghini; he simply avoids to mention their absence. Therefore, his comments on the fragments of the attic and on the down spouts are useless. I also confirm that the lowermost courses of bricks in the hall behind the Forma Urbis date to the Flavian age (another detail overlooked by Meneghini).
More Info: in F. Coarelli (ed.), Divus Vespasianus. Il Bimillenario dei Flavi (Milan 2009), catalogue of the exhibition on the Flavian dynasty (Rome, March 2009 – January 2010) 158-167.
Prof. Pier Luigi Tucci, The Forma Urbis and the Templum Pacis Work in progress on the Severan Marble Plan of Rome & Nuove osservazioni sull’architettura del Templum Pacis (2009, 2012 & 2014), in:
Prof. Pier Luigi Tucci, ACADEMIA. EDU (09|2014).
— Dr. Matthew Nicholls, Galen and Libraries in the Peri Alupias, This article examines the implications of Galen’s newly-rediscovered Peri Alupias (On Consolation from Grief) for our understanding of the function and contents of public libraries in late second-century A.D. Rome. As a leading intellectual gure at Rome, Galen’s detailed testimony substantially increases what we know of imperial public libraries in the city. In particular, the article considers Galen’s description of his use of the Palatine libraries and a nearby storage warehouse, his testimony on the contents, organization, and cataloguing of the books he found there, and his use of provincial public libraries for the dissemination of his own works.
More Info: JRS MARCH 2013, pp. 1-20.
Dr. Matthew Nicholls, ACADEMIA. EDU (09|2014).
— Dr. Antoine PIETROBELLI, Galien agnostique : un texte caviardé par la tradition. The Galen’s manuscript which I rediscovered in Thessaloniki in 2005, is far from having given up all its secrets yet. The Thessalonicensis Vlatadon 14 is the only one to preserve the whole Greek text of Galen’s last treatise : On my Own Opinions. This book starts with Galen’s opinion about the gods. But this passage, which were only known through a latin and a hebrew translation before, had been rewritten by the Nestorian translators from Bagdad. Thus the Greek text gives new evidence on Galen’s religion to better define his agnosticism and assess its significance. Revue des études grecques 126, 2013, p. 103-135.
Dr. Antoine PIETROBELLI, Antoine PIETROBELLI, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Sciences Humaines, Faculty Member. ACADEMIA.EDU [09|2014].
— Dr. Roger Pearse, How the lost “Peri Alupias” by Galen was found, Roger Pearse Blog (11 June 2011): I have received an email from Veronique Bourdon-Millot [& Antione Pietrobelli 2005] (telling the story of how this lost work was found. I have made an English translation of what she says, and, by permission, give the relevant portion here.
Dr. Roger Pearse, How the lost “Peri Alupias” by Galen was found, Roger Pearse Blog (11 June 2011).
— Dr. Roger Pearse, Books, libraries, codices and punctuation in Rome in Galen’s “Peri Alupias”; Roger Pearse Blog (11 June 2011): Galen’s Peri Alupias, (On the Avoidance of Grief), contains many interesting statements about the destruction of libraries in the fire. The following excerpts are from the translation by Clare K. Rothschild and Trevor W. Thompson [note1], of the fire and its aftermath.
Dr. Roger Pearse, Books, libraries, codices and punctuation in Rome in Galen’s “Peri Alupias”; Roger Pearse Blog (30 May 2011).
— Prof. Véronique BOUDON MILLOT, “The Library and the Workshop of a Greek Scholar in the Roman Empire: New Testimony from the recently discovered Galen’s treatise Peri alupias,” in Asklepios. Studies on Ancient Medicine, Acta Classica Supplementum II, edited by Louise Cilliers, 2008, p. 7-18.