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Fantastic depiction of a naval battle at the Colosseum, showing a plethora of ships engaged in mock combat.

The image is finely engraved, showing spectators on the highest stands standing and watching the "naumachiae" or mock naval combat, that took place when inaugurating the largest festivals held at the Colosseum.

This map was published in Francois Halma's 1704 De aaloudheden van Rome. . ., a text on the ecclesiastical history of Rome.


This is a later state of the map, with "Page 135" erased from the copperplate in the upper right. The image appears to have been first published in a 1699 Latin edition of Halma's work.

Condition Description
Nice, dark impression. Faint dampstain at top of page.