The Domus Augustana was the private residence of the Emperors. Two levels have been necessary to adapt the whole complex to the profile of the hill. On the side of the Circus Maximus, on the lower level, the façade showed a curved line. On the picture, in the middle, you can see the upper peristyle , that one could cross on a bridge. Built by the architect Rabirius, the Domus Augustana is a admirable synthetic work between a private residence and a royal palace.





A higher view of the Domus Augustana, on the side towards the Circus Maximus. In the centre of the platform of Domus Augustana was the lower peristyle, that collected the rainwater. It’s also known under the name of " Atrium of the Peltis, the peltis being a small wicker shield. The small temple over the atrium, overhanging the top of the façade of the Palatine, is the temple of Minerva.











The Paedagogium of the Palatine. During the Empire, one used to call by that name, in Rome, the special schools where a director (pædagogus), trained young slaves to serve in noble houses. Naturally this one was the most important since it served the Palatine and hence the Emperor.










An angle that puts into the perspective a part of the Circus Maximus.