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Domus Aurea

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Emperor Nero commissioned the Domus Aurea, or "Golden House", to be built following the fire of 64 AD in the center of Rome. The palace was built on land that Nero acquired by resettling its previous inhabitants. Ultimately, due to the fact that the palace was too much of a spectacle of exclusivity and grandeur, public outcry against the lavish…

Domus Aurea

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After a large portion of Rome was destroyed by 64 AD's great fire, Nero decided to use the newly available land to build himself a lavish palace. The palace currently lies beneath the Baths of Trajan near the Esquiline Hill as future emperors recognized the public outcry against the palace's grandeur, abandoning the residence and ultimately…

Flavian's Amphitheatre(The Colosseum)

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Built on the property of Nero's Golden House, Vespasian began construction on the Flavian Amphitheater in 70 AD, and completed construction in 79 AD. The structure, made primarily of travertine, has survived fires, earthquakes, and insurgent raids over the centuries. The Amphitheatre was host to gladiator battles, animal hunts, and was even rumored…

Colossus of Nero

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This ancient coin depicts Emperor Nero's head on one side with the inscription "Nero Caesar" and the Colossus of Nero on the reverse side. The 120 foot tall bronze statue depicts the Emperor as the sun god Sol. The statue originally stood at Nero's Golden House but was later moved to the proximity of the Flavian Amphitheater (hence the…

Gold coin with portrait of Nero and empress

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The obverse of this gold coin shows Nero in profile view with the inscription, NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS. The reverse side depicts Nero holding a patera and scepter standing next to the Empress (thought to be Poppaea Sabina, to his right) who also holds a patera as well as a cornucopia. The inscription on the reverse states: AVGVSTVS AVGVSTA.

Portrait of Nero

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This portrait of Nero, who ruled from AD 54-68, can be found in the Hall of Emperors at the Capitoline Museum. Most of the sculpture dates to the 17th century, but part of the face is ancient.

Domus Aurea Fresco

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This fresco decorated the Achilles room of Nero's Domus Aurea, or Golden House, commissioned in what is now the Colosseum valley after the great fire of AD 64 destroyed much of the area. The walls of the Achilles room were painted with frescos or made of marble.

Octagonal Hall of the Domus Aurea

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This is an architectural model of the Octagonal Hall of Nero's Domus Aurea, or Golden House. After the great fire of AD 64 destroyed much of what is now the Colosseum valley, Nero used the area to build a lavish palace. The Octagonal Hall was Nero's banquet hall, which is significant architecturally for its concrete dome. Five dining rooms faced…

Colossus of Nero/Sol Invictus

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Gold multiple of Gordian III, depicting the monuments of the Colosseum Valley including the Colossus of Sol (formerly Nero) as it stood next to the Flavian Amphitheater. The Colossus no longer exists next to the Colosseum.

Coin of Gordian III depicting the Colossus of Sol

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This coin from the reign of Gordian III depicts the Colossus of Sol alongside the Meta Sudans and Flavian Amphitheater, or Colosseum. Nero, who ruled from AD 54 to AD 68, had the enormous bronze statue built by Greek sculptor Zenodorus to depict himself as the Sun God, Sol, and placed it at the entrance to his lavish Golden House. After Nero's…