Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nero's Dining Room Discovered

Apparently, this was no ordinary dining room. It turned daily with a water powered mechanism. Panels of ivory in the ceiling opened to shower the guests with flowers and perfume.

It was part of his "Golden House," built on land cleared by the fire of 64 AD (the fire where Nero famously fiddled). The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian on the site of a big pleasure pond that was part of the grounds. After Nero's death, the house was filled with rubble, and the Baths of Trajan were built on top of it.

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