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Title: Il rilievo frammentario con personificazione fluviale e serpente di Palazzo Rondinini a Roma
Subtitle: Una nuova proposta di lettura
Author(s): CIPRIANI, Mariella
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 94    Date: 2019   
Pages: 183-191
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.94.0.3286785

Abstract :
The idea that the relief in the courtyard of Palazzo Rondinini in Rome is a votive relief, connected with the re-enactment of the foundation of the sanctuary of Asclepius on the Tiber Island, should be excluded. It is a part of a large mythological relief, whose entire narrative content escapes us. It was used for decorative purposes, with a landscape setting, in a rocky context with a river, its source and a cave. There is a snake, associated with the rocky ravines, the humidity of the ground and the water. Probably, as in the case of the Spada reliefs, it was completed in the upper margin with a heroic-mythological scene, which is impossible to recognise, due to its fragmentary state. Its height could support this hypothesis. Finally, we would like to prove Zoega’s thesis, according to which the large water jar may have belonged to a lost figure, sitting or lying in the upper register.

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