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House of Augustus, Rome

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The House of Augustus, or the Domus Augusti (but also Domus Augustea), is the first major site upon entering the Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. It served as the primary residence of Caesar Augustus during his reign. The Domus Augusti should not be confused with the Domus Augustana (also known as the Domus Augustiana), which is a part of the vast palatial complex constructed by Emperor Domitian on the Palatine in 92 AD, of which the Domus Flavia is another part.ConstructionAfter being awarded tribunica potestas for life in 23 BC, Octavian decided to buy the house of Quintus Hortensius on the Palatine and make it his primary place of residence. The comparative modesty of the Domus Augusti was in keeping with the return to traditional ideals promoted during the Augustan period, as indicated by Suetonius in the quote below. The Domus Augusti was located near the Hut of Romulus and other sacred sites which relate to the foundation of Rome. In antiquity this residence contained two levels, each leading to a garden courtyard. The bottom floor is not accessible today, but it is possible to make out the basin of a fountain and the rooms beyond it that were paved in coloured marble.The Domus Augusti in contemporary timesSuetonius (c. 70 AD – after 130 AD), lawyer and secretary of the imperial palace, wrote of Augustus and his palace: It is generally agreed that he was most temperate and without even the suspicion of any fault. He lived at first near the Forum Romanum, afterwards on the Palatine in a modest dwelling remarkable neither for size or elegance, having but a short colonnade with columns of local stone and rooms without any marble decorations or handsome pavements. For more than 40 years he used the same bedroom in winter and summer.
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  • To do with a guide except to know something about Roman history, a lot of information is contained in little space. Without a guide we're missing a lot of info. To combine with tour of the Colosseum!
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  • We loved the Roman Forums and see the house of Augustus. One issue is the fishers who the people who fish for buyers of tours. We made the mistake to not check Tripadvisor reviews and we joined a tour...  more »
  • The building is part of the monumental area named "Fori Imperiali". Wonderful and impose domus of the Emperor Augustus.
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  • A must for anyone interested in the founder of the Roman Empire. Not the easiest place to visit. Tickets are strictly limited to 20/day - so you'll need to book in advance (although tours probably get around this). About as close as one can get to the man who changed history.
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  • It's an imposing landmark. Very big and full of history.
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