The Baths of Diocletian: a practical guide to the discovery of one of the monumental complexes of ancient Rome.
[Baths of Diocletian / With the sculptures of the Octagonal Hall] The Baths of Diocletian stood on the plain at the eastern extremity of the Quirinal and the Viminal, near one of the most densely populated zones of ancient Rome. They are a perfect synthesis of architecture, decoration, technique and function.
The book is divided into chapters exploring the history of the complex from the origins to the present museum that contains, in the Octagonal Hall, a collection of statues found at the site. The guide outlines an archaeological itinerary and analyzes the renovation by Michelangelo that included the creation of the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Clear, thorough texts and fine illustrations lead the reader on the discovery of one of the largest bath complexes of ancient Rome.