The book of Jean Delorme Gymnasion. Étude sur les monuments consacrésal’éducationenGrèce (1960) does not contain any archaeological or textual evidence for the existence of gymnasia in the Iberian Peninsula. However, Spanish research identifies particular structures located on Roman archaeological sites as “gymnasia”. These include the Building of the Exedra in Italica and the Baths of the Theatre in Segobriga. Both are identified with collegiaiuvenum and were centers of the Imperial Cult (the building in Segobriga even gives evidence of aKaisersaal). Furthermore the first Hellenistic phase of the subsequent temple of Isis and Serapis at Emporion provides evidence for an interpretation of the precinct as a gymnasium.
The aim of this paper is to discuss and analyze the archaeological and architectural remains of the three building complexes and to clarify why these gymnasia have been directly
assimilated by Roman educational facilities (Scholae with baths). Furthermore the paper induces to think about the extent of Greek education in Hispania.