[Naumachia staged by Domitian in Rome]Naumachia; oder Römischer Schift=streit zu weßen offentlichen Vorstellungen ganze Sen ausgegraben [...]
Engraving with very large margins, platemark 300 x 430mm (11¾ x 17"). Text in French and German; foxing to margins only.
A 'naumachia', or mock sea-battle, in ancient Rome. Various Roman emperors held such events. One of the most dedicated was Domitian, who according to Suetonius (cited as a source here) held a naval battle in the amphitheatre. He also constructed the 'hypogeum' below the floor of the Colosseum, and later dug a pool by Tiber for further events. According to the text, the 'fleets' consisted of prisoners who had been sentenced to death and were forced to participate. Plate from Austrian architect Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach's 'Entwurf einer historischen Architektur' ('Outline of Historical Architecture', first published 1721) , the first comparative architecture of all periods and nations. This print derives from a 16th century etching by Étienne du Pérac, although the perspective and surrounding buildings have been added by Fischer for greater verisimilitude.
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