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Domus Flavia

The Domus Flavia was designed by the architect Rabirius to serve as Emperor Domitian's residential complex. The palace, located on the Palatine Hill, is divided into two separate areas: one for entertaining guests, and one for the private residence. The latter area also contains the sunken gardens.

Arch of Titus

Emperor Domitian commissioned the Arch of Titus in the 1st century AD to commemorate his brother, Titus, upon his death. The arch serves as a commemorative and triumphal arch, and is situated on the Via Sacra, near the Roman Forum.

Hippodrome Garden

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The Hippodrome Garden (the stadium) of Domitian is one of the three parts of Domitian’s Palace on the Palatine Hill (the other two are Domus Flavia and Domus Augustana). The Stadium extends at the east of Domus Augustana and looks like a small version of Roman Circus. It is actually a sunken garden where Domitian can walk around quietly and alone.…

Arch of Titus

Located on the via sacra, this arch was constructed by the emperor Domitian after the death of his older brother, emperor Titus, who ruled from 79 to 81 A.D. This arch commemorates their father, the emperor Vespasian as well. Military victories are shown on the arch, such as the siege of Jerusalem which occurred in 70 A.D. This arch deifies Titus,…

Stadium of Domitian

Domitian commissioned this project in 80 AD [no earlier than 81 AD, as he only became emperor then] as a gift to the people. The stadium would be used for athletic contests (footraces) and act as a sort of gathering space for Roman entertainment. Domitian was probably attempting to establish himself as a "good emperor" with this project. The…

Arch of Titus

When Vespasian became emperor, he was fighting a war in Judea. His son Titus took over the war and finished off the Judean rebels, using the spoils for building projects (Flavian Amphitheatre). After Vespasian died, Titus only held power for 18 months with terribly bad luck (fire, disease, crop failure). The arch was built by Domitian to…

Arch of Titus

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This was a triumphal honorific arch created by Domitian in honor of his brother Titus and father Vespasian. Located off the southern edge of the Roman Forum, along the Via Sacra, the arch follows [or sits on] the route of the triumph. It commemorates Titus and Vespasian's victory over the revolution in Judea, as depicted through the reliefs on the…

Domitian's Palace

The Palace of Domitian lies on Palatine hill, built on the grounds of many previous imperial homes, like of Nero and Augustus. This location also conveniently allows it to overlook the Circus Maximus. The palace was an architectural marvel of its time, boasting intricate room shapes, fountains, and peristyle gardens; this was all made possible…

Portrait Head of the Emperor Domitian Idealized as Hercules

The bust depicts the Emperor Domitian in the guise of Hercules, the Greek mythical hero who was worshipped as a god by the Romans. Instead of the typical lion’s pelt usually associated with depictions of Hercules, the emperor is depicted wearing Hercules’ heavy wreath composed of acanthus, poplar or grape leaves. The bust is in relatively good…