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ATHENAEUM

a building erected by Hadrian, called by Aurelius Victor (Caes. 14. 3) ludus ingenuarum artium, and used for readings, lectures, and training in declamation (Cass. Dio lxxiii. 17; Hist. Aug. Pert. 11; Alex. 35; Gord. 3; Sid. Apoll. Ep. ii. 9; iv. 8; ix. 9, 14). It was built apparently in the form of a theatre or ampitheatre, but its site is unknown, although it has been placed on the Capitoline (Pr. Reg. 170), in the campus Martius, or in the Velabrum, and identified with the GRAECOSTADIUM (q.v.; Jord. i. 2. 61 ; Bull. of the Univ. of Wisconsin, 1904, 170-178).

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