Platner, Samuel Ball; Ashby, Thomas
A topographical dictionary of ancient Rome — Oxford: Univ. Press [u.a.], 1929

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stored (cf. Fest. 52 : instrumentum scenarium ; Plaut. Capt. 56). Its
site is indicated by the discovery of numerous inscriptions on the south
side of the via Labicana, between the Colosseum and S. Clemente, in the
immediate neighbourhood of the ludus Magnus and ludus Matutinus
(CIL iii. 348, vi. 297, 646, 776 (cf. 30829), 8950, 10083-10087). These
inscriptions show that this choragium was administered by imperial
freedmen and slaves, and summum has therefore been interpreted as
meaning imperial, in distinction from other choragia that belonged to
aerarium (Hirschfeld, VG2 293-6 ; contra Mommsen, Staatsrecht, ii. 1070,
n. 2). It may also mean the principal storehouse of the kind (DS i. 1117).
The building was probably erected before the time of Hadrian, and the
inscriptions belong to the second century (Marquardt, Staatsverwaltung,
iii. 547; HJ 302 ; RE iii. 2405 ; DE ii. 219-220). It gave its name to
a vicus summi Choragi (FUR 7).
Syracusae et Technyphion : a chamber in a tower in the house of
Augustus on the Palatine, to which that emperor sometimes resorted
(Suet. Aug. 72 : si quando quid secreto aut sine interpellatione agere
proposuisset, erat illi locus in edito singularis quem Syracusas et techny-
phion vocabat). Technyphion1 means ‘little workshop,’ and with
Syracuse may be compared another chamber called Sicilia (q.v.). It
may, as Hulsen suggests, have derived its name from its sunny situation
(Cic. Verr. v. 26 : Syracusis nulla unquam dies tarn magna et turbulenta
tempestate (fuit) quin aliquo tempore eius diei solem homines viderint).
1 This is a conjecture : Hulsen prefers ' technophyon,’ which would have the same
meaning, but without the diminutive sense.
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