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?This poem was chiefly written upon the mountainous ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, among the flowery glades and thickets of odoriferous blossoming trees, which are extended in ever-winding labyrinths upon its immense platforms and dizzy arches suspended in the air. The bright blue sky of Rome, and the effect of the vigorous awakening of spring in that divinest climate, and the new life with which it drenches the spirits even to inspiration, were the inspiration of this drama.?
? Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), his remarks when ?Prometheus Unbound,? was published in 1821 which he had written while resident in Rome.
The Baths of Caracalla, located south of Rome?s ancient center, were begun by Emperor Septimius Severas in AD 206. His son, Caracalla, completed them 11 years later. The baths served the city of Rome until the sixth century AD, when the invading Goths stopped up the aqueducts that supplied water to the baths. Subsequently, apathy allowed these fabled baths to crumble and become a suburban wilderness. So it is today: a large park with massive, abstract, brick forms rising from the earth. What a thrill!
Dedicated to Asklepion, the Goddess of Health, up to 1,600 people could bathe here at the same time. A multitude of slaves worked below ground to keep the water hot and the wine chilled. There were rooms for cold, hot, and warm baths; splendid frescoed ceilings; porticoes leading to pillared halls; gymnasiums, whose walls were covered with the rare colored marbles; the most colossal columns; and the finest sculpture. The baths were made of basalt, granite and alabaster. Most of the marble decorations were removed by the Farnese family in the 16th century to decorate the interior of Palazzo Farnese.
Address: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Roma
Phone: +39 06 3996 7700
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