An elaborately stucco ceiling in the Domus Augusti, the House of Augustus, which was the primary residence of Caesar Augustus. It was formerly the house of Quintus Hortensius, located on the Palatine, which was known for its sumptuous residences and religious structures even before it became the site of even more elaborate imperial palaces. Augustus purchased the property in about 36 BC, but it eventually became buried under the site of Domitian's Domus Augustana. It once contained two levels which led to garden courtyards, but it was less posh than many might imagine. Suetonius described it as a modest dwelling unremarkable in either size or elegance (!). Augustus reportedly lived there for more than forty years. It was damaged by fire at some point, but then rebuilt and eventually made into state property, according to Cassius Dio. It may not have been all that elaborate to Suetonius, but the remains of this brightly colored ceiling show that it was far from austere. The walls are also brightly colored, making for a very pleasant residence in one of the most desirable and historically significant regions of the ancient city.
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batalay (36157) 2014-03-08 5:50
Just 10 days ago I heard a good lecturer on Caesar Augustus. The lecturer, a well known academic from the University of Texas in Austin gave the talk, where I learned a good bit. Few people know about Augustus's role in the modification of the Julian Calendar that prevailed over a millennium-and-a-half, and I would have enjoyed hearing (or talking) about it. Your unusually good detailed photo complements the experience for me.
Warm regards and have a good day,
rogerl (1544) 2014-03-08 6:11
Nice closeup, with great sharpness and detail. You can see every feature (and flaw!) in the ceiling.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-08 6:52
Another well done ceiling shot, Terez. The colors are amazingly vivid, especially as it's clear this work has seen better days. Interesting framing choices as well, which I think work nicely. Thanks!
Fis2 (88103) 2014-03-15 15:06
A very interesting ceiling.
Good frame and colors.