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HOUSE OF AUGUSTUS

HOUSE OF AUGUSTUS
Rome, Italy
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BACKGROUND

The home of Rome’s first emperor sits atop the Palatine Hill in the heart of the ancient city. Augustus originally obtained the property from an orator named Hortensio, and, when he defeated Sextus Pompeius in the battle of Nauloco in 36 B.C., the senate had it rebuilt. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The House of Augustus was discovered by archaeological excavations in the 1960s and, since then, exposure to harsh weather, pollution, and biological organisms has caused serious deterioration of the painted surfaces. Continued water infiltration posed the biggest risk to both the structural and decorative elements within the ruins. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The House of Augustus is symbolic of a crucial transition in Roman history, when the Palatine transformed from a residential plateau into the seat of imperial power. The layout, wall paintings, and mosaics illuminate the life of the emperor and provide information about the contemporary Roman period. (...)