ng. There appears indeed to be no doubt that it was
actually decorated with fountains; and it also seems clear that the
interior, which would have served no useful purpose, was not originally
accessible except by means of ladders. There is no evidence for an
external staircase at the back. Dombart (p. 96) has misquoted Demontosius, Gallus Romae Hospes, 25.
A very difficult problem is presented by the name and its meaning.
The form septizodium is first found in the Pseudo-Dositheus (about
207 A.D.) and in an inscription, CIL viii. (Suppl.) 14372 (about 210 A.D.),
but is probably to be treated as incorrect and may therefore be disregarded
(Schtirer, Zeitschr. f. d. neutestamentliche Wissenschaft vi. (1905),
29ff., 63 ff.). Unsuccessful attempts have been made to interpret
septizonium in a literal sense, and to see in it a building which is capable
of division, whether horizontally or vertically, into seven sections or belts.
There is no doubt, however, that the building only had thre