Friday, July 26, 2013

Salubritatem aegris corporibus

Salubritatem aegris corporibus afferre creduntur, Acque della Salute, Terme del Corallo, Livorno
On the facade of the “Acquarium” we can read a Latin inscription referring to the waters available inside: salubritatem aegris corporibus afferre creduntur (are believed to bring good health to sick bodies). It is a quote from “de Aquaeductu Urbis Romae”, written by Sextus Julius Frontinus, the water commissioner (curator aquarum) for the City of Rome in A.D. 97. The TV antenna is of a later period.

External links: Frontinus (Wikipedia) - de Aquaeductu Urbis Romae by Sestus Iulius Frontinus (in Latin)
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See also: The Waters of Health - The Beauty of Decay - Parco delle Terme - The Waters of Health: Hallway - Spa Terrace - Hall of the Five Waters - Acquarium

7 comments:

Jack said...

In the USA, we are not familiar with anything this old and this sophisticated.

Dina said...

The curator aquarum never dreamed his words would appear next to a mysterious miraculous antenna that picks up signals from the air.

Randy said...

I could use some of that water.

Michelle said...

Such antiquated things do not surround me here!

Luis Gomez said...

I am so with Jack! Have a great weekend VP!

JM said...

Thanks for the translation, my latin doesn't go that far! :-)

Traveling Hawk said...

Nice photo of an elaborate frontispice!