Domus Augusti (House of Augustus), Rome

Domus Augusti (House of Augustus), Rome

The House of Augustus, also known as the Domus Augusti (not to be confused with the Domus Augustana), is located on the Palatine Hill. This residence is widely recognized as the primary home of Emperor Augustus (27 BC - AD 14).

Situated near the Hut of Romulus and other sites associated with the foundation of Rome, the House of Augustus is mentioned in various ancient literary sources. According to Suetonius, Augustus moved into the House of Quintus Hortensius on the Palatine Hill, departing from his original residence in the Roman Forum. Velleius reports that Augustus acquired the land and house of Hortensius between 41 and 40 BC. Shortly thereafter, the house was struck by lightning, leading Augustus to declare it as public property and dedicate a temple to Apollo Palatinus.

The original house suffered destruction in a fire in 3 AD but was subsequently rebuilt and designated as state property. The layout of the site revolves around two peristyles bordered by rooms. Between the two peristyles stands the Temple of Apollo Palatinus. Most of the preserved remains are located around Peristyle A (P2), as a significant portion of Peristyle B (P1) was destroyed by the later construction of the Palace of Domitian. The entire site covers an area of approximately 8,600 square meters.

The house was constructed on two terraces, utilizing the natural topography of the Palatine Hill. It served as the primary residence of Emperor Augustus, reflecting his status as Rome's first emperor and his significant contributions to the city's development and prosperity. The House of Augustus stands as a testament to the architectural grandeur and historical significance associated with the reign of Augustus and the early Roman Empire.

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Sight Name: Domus Augusti (House of Augustus)
Sight Location: Rome, Italy (See walking tours in Rome)
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