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Mosaic floorPotential Birthplace of Augustus Discovered on the Palatine Hill

Dana Parker

Archaeologists in Rome today announced the discovery of a home on the Palatine Hill they believe may have belonged to Gaius Octavius, the birth father of Augustus Caesar. The team, lead by University of Rome La Sapienza professor Clementina
Panella, has been working at the site for 10 years and first discovered the house
in 2006.

The house is located near the Arch of Titus, and has “beautiful mosaic floors and
frescoed walls”, according to Panella. The significance of the find comes not only
from the conditions of the site and the findings within, but the potential
historical significance. Suetonius indicated in his writings that Augustus was
born in the Curiae Veteres area of Rome. Items discovered at the house, including
a sanctuary found behind a tufa wall, helped Panella and her team reach their
conclusion that the house lies a part of Rome they believe to be the Curiae

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