Domus Aurea and Domus Flavia Descriptive Essay by scribbler

Domus Aurea and Domus Flavia
A description of the Domus Aurea, Nero's Golden Palace, and the Domus Flavia, the Flavian Palace.
# 152146 | 1,394 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 06, 2013 in Architecture (Ancient) , History (Greek and Roman)

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The paper discusses the Domus Aurea, the Golden Palace, as Nero's most personal building project that reflected the ostentatious image he had of himself. The paper examines how the Golden Palace helps us to better understand Neronian architecture, as well as the general development in Rome. The paper also shows how the the Golden Palace was much more extravagant than its predecessor, Domus Transitoria. Additionally, the paper describes the Domus Flavia and the Domus Augustana.

From the Paper:

"In July 64, two-thirds of Rome burned while Nero was out of the city. Although he was charged in ancient times as the arson, today modern scholars downplay that accusation. Nero blamed Christians--of whom there were few--and persecuted them. Afterwards, Nero initiated building programs, and provided free grain to the populace, which was financed by plundering Italy and the provinces. The fire benefited greatly the plans of Nero to build up Palatine Hill, as it cleared out many spaces already occupied by older buildings. Of those which did not burn down, Nero would commandeer the ones that had implications for his capacity to build. Common of all dynasties and emperors the world over, much Neronian art was purposely destroyed or reworked by the following emperor, so as to tarnish Nero's image for publicity purposes. The Domus Aurea was Nero's most personal building project, for it reflected his ostentatious image of himself. Both Nero's Golden House and the Flavian Palace, that latter of which built slightly after Nero's death, were a part of a large residential area for the Roman Emperors."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ball F. Larry. (2003). "The Domus Aurea and the Roman Architectural Revolution." New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bunson, Mathew.(2000) A Dictionary of the Roman Empire. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Cambridge Ancient History. Vol. XI. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Darwall-Smith, Robin Haydon. (1996) Emperors and Architecture: A Study of Flavian Rome. Brussels: Latomus Revue D'Etudes Latines.
  • Robathan, Dorothy M. "Domitian's 'Midas-Touch'". Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association 73 (1942): 130-144

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