Hall in Baths of Diocletian reopened.

Don’t think I’ve ever taken a party of students to the Baths of Diocletian. Anyway, if you are going there, there’s something else to see now. From USA Today (with photo)

ROME (AP) — A huge hall in the ancient baths of Diocletian reopens in Rome after 30 years.

The hall underwent structural restoration. It contains ancient tombs dating to the 2nd century A.D.

One of the tombs on display has a vault surface covered with circles and is decorated with geometric and flower motifs. The other features niches for the ashes of the deceased and graffiti with their names.

Archaeologists said that the hall is believed to have served as a recreational room. Its marbles and decorations have been lost over the centuries.

The bath complex was built between 298 and 306 A.D. Including libraries, gardens and areas dedicated to shows and games, it could accommodate up to 3,000 people.

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