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PISCINA PUBLICA a public bath and swimming pool (Fest. 213), fist mentioned in 215 B.C. (Liv. xxiii. 32. 4), situated in the low ground between the via Appia, the Servian wall, the north-east slope of the Aventine, and the area afterwards occupied by the baths of Caracalla (Liv. Fest. locc. citt.; Cic. ad Q. Fr. iii. 7. I; Jord. ii. 106-107; HJ 183-184). Near it was the headquarters of the lanii piscinenses (CIL vi. 167; cf. Plautus, Pseud. 326-328). This pool later gave its name to the vicus piscinae Publicae (CIL vi. 975; Amm. Marcell. xvii. 4. 14), which led from the south end of the circus Maximus across the depression on the Aventine to the porta Raudusculana. The piscina itself was probably fed by local springs, not by the aqua Appia (LA 234-245 ; cf. Jord. i. I. 447, 458), and had ceased to exist in the second century (Fest. 213), but the name clung to the locality (cf. ad piscinam publicam Hippolyt. philos. ix. 12, p. 552; cf. BC 1914, 353), and it was popularly given to R