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December 29 2012

Hadrian's hall: archaeologists finish excavation of Roman arts centre


Arts centre discovered under one of Rome's busiest roundabouts was built in AD123 and could seat 900 people

Archaeologists who have completed the excavation of a 900-seat arts centre under one of Rome's busiest roundabouts are calling it the most important Roman discovery in 80 years.

The centre, built by the emperor Hadrian in AD123, offered three massive halls where Roman nobles flocked to hear poetry, speeches and philosophy tracts while reclining on terraced marble seating.

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