With the aid of simple comprehensive texts and a wide range of illustrations, the guide explores one of ancient Rome's most evocative buildings
The discovery, at the end of the fifteenth century, of the Domus Aurea, Nero’s monumental palace in the heart of Rome, brought to light the extravagant fresco and stucco decorations of its opulent rooms. Every trace of this magnificent abode was wiped out by Nero’s successors who stripped the rooms of their facings and decorations, filling them with earth right up to the ceilings to support the weight of the Baths of Titus and Trajan which were then constructed on top.
With the aid of simple comprehensive texts and a wide range of illustrations, the guide explores one of ancient Rome’s most evocative buildings. It accompanies the reader along the itinerary of the visit as well as providing brief sections dealing with specific topics like literary sources, strange facts, and art history background.