It must be an occupational hazard in Rome – dig so much as a trench and you hit ancient Roman ruins.
And that is what happened during work on the city’s new third metro line. Archaeological evidence was uncovered of an auditorium dating back to the 2nd century A.D. Robert Egidi is the archaeologist in charge. “The excavations we are doing in this sector of line C of the new underground unearthed a monumental building, dating back to emperor Hadrian times, with two terraces facing each other.” The partially dug complex is believed to have been used as a school by the emperor to promote liberal arts. Hadrian wanted to re-establish the traditions of recitation and poetry contests famous in classical Greece. Something for today’s busy Roman commuters to think about.