Palace of Domitian (Domus Flavia), Rome

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The Flavian Palace, normally known as the Domus Flavia, is part of the vast residential complex of the Palace of Domitian on the Palatine Hill in Rome. It was completed in 92 AD by Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus, and attributed to his master architect, Rabirius.
The term Domus Flavia is a modern designation used to describe the northwestern section of the Palace where the bulk of the large public rooms for entertaining and ceremony are concentrated. It is interconnected with the domestic wing to the southeast, the Domus Augustana, a name which in antiquity applied to the whole of the palace. The "residential" section descends from the summit of the Palatine down to wings specially constructed within the hill to the south and southwest.


The imposing ruins which flank the southeastern side of the Palace above the Circus Maximus are a later addition built by Septimius Severus; they are the supporting piers for a large extension which completely covered the eastern slope. The entire site suffered extensive material theft during the 18th century, leaving a sparse physical footprint overall.
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  • This large Domus was the first palace built on the hill of Palatino, started from Domitian in 92 and continued by Nerone . This part of the palace was for public use , it was connected with Domus...  more »
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  • The Flavian Palace (Domus Flavian) on Rome’s prestigious Palatine Hill was an Ancient Roman palace built by the Emperor Domitian in the first century AD. A place where official functions were held, the Flavian Palace was the public counterpart to Domus Augustana, which served as the private home of Rome’s emperors. The fountains in the courtyard of Flavian Palace are some of its most impressive remains.

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