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Rome in Metropolitan City of Rome, Lazio, Italy — Central Italy (Tyrrhenian Coast)
 

Imperial Palace

 
 
Imperial Palace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
1. Imperial Palace Marker
Inscription.

Imperial Palace
The imperial palace stands on the summit of the Palatine and extends to its slopes, occupying much of the hill. It was built by the architect Rabirius on the orders of Domitian (AD 81-96) and inaugurated in AD 92; it was the official residence of all later emperors. The palace was divided into three sectors: an official or “public” area (the so-called Domus Flavia), a sector hosting private apartments (the so-called Domus Augustana) and a large garden in the form of a stadium with its annexes (the so-called Stadium). The palace was made of brick and its massive foundations were superimposed on earlier buildings, some of which (the “House of the Griffins”, the so-called Domus Transitoria) can be visited underneath the Domitianic structures. Conserved to almost its original extent, the palace represented a turning point in the history of Roman architecture, codifying the typology of the dynastic palace in Rome. Its importance is evident from the fact that the word “palace” itself (palazzo, palais, palacio, etc.) comes from the Latin Palatium, or Palatine, because this is where the first imperial residence was built, a model for all later palaces. Its construction made a deep impression on Domitianís contemporaries. Statius and Martial, his court poets, composed admiring

A Small Part of the Imperial Palace Ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
2. A Small Part of the Imperial Palace Ruins and Marker
Looking west
descriptions of it, praising its extraordinary size, the beauty of its decorations and the luxury of its furnishings. “The palace was so vast”, wrote Martial, “that oneís eyes became tired looking at it, and so tall that in comparison the pyramids of Egypt seemed laughable”.
 
Location. 41° 53.356′ N, 12° 29.238′ E. Marker is in Rome, Lazio, in Metropolitan City of Rome. Touch for map. Marker is on Palatine Hill, south of the Roman Forum. Marker is at or near this postal address: Via di San Gregorio, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Domus Flavia, so-called Lararium / Cd. Larario (within shouting distance of this marker); House of the Griffins / Casa Dei Grifi (within shouting distance of this marker); Domus Flavia. So-called. Audience Chamber (within shouting distance of this marker); Domus Flavia. Peristyle / Peristilio (within shouting distance of this marker); Domus Flavia. So-called Basilica / Cd. Basilica (within shouting distance of this marker); The Octagonal Fountain of the Domus Flavia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Peristyle of the Domus Augustana (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Neronian Cryptoporticus / Criptoportico Neroniano (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .
1. Palatine Hill. (Submitted on June 4, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Palatine Hill in Ancient Rome. (Submitted on June 4, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Flavian Palace at Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 4, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Imperial Palace. (Submitted on June 4, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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