Q&A (required #3)

Today on the Palatine Hill, we planned on exploring the frescos in the house of Livia, but it was closed. Upon exploring, my favorite part was probably the spot near the House of Livia that looked out onto the Vittorio Emmanuele II monument. After being cut loose by our professors, a classmate and I wandered around the beautiful park. The only problem was that neither of us was really familiar with the history of the Palatine after the Domus Aurea was built over. The Palatine has such a central location between the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. It was obviously a living space for wealthy families, but how and when did it become such a beautiful and public area?
Upon referencing our travel guide and Internet sources, I found out the hill was probably entirely covered with imperial residences at one point, which is really impressive. It doesn’t seem as large as the other hills, so it must have been crowded. I also discovered the hill was the site of the Palatine House and the Lupercal festivals. Apparently in 2007, an archeologist said she found the site of the Lupercal cave while trying to restore the remains of the House of Livia.
Finally, Mussolini built his summer residence on the hill just supports the idea that Rome is a city of layers. After research, the Palatine doesn’t seem that insignificant anymore. The fact that it has played an important part in Rome’s history since the foundation of the empire makes it more than just a pretty space.


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