Thursday, June 14, 2012

Aqueducts for the Urbis

The Palatine hill, where Rome began, was already an important center of power long before Imperial palaces were built there. As early as the Republican period, elite residents had constructed monumental architecture on this hill above the Roman Forum that publicly advertised their claims to leadership. Also at this time, the greatness of the res publica was demonstrated through monumental building projects, which correlated with the gloria of families who dedicated temples in Rome's honor. As nothing is known about the domus of this period, it can only be assumed that the Palatine was a residential area populated by elite Romans in the fourth and third century BC.