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Palatine Hill Mar 08, 2013
I meandered through the ruins on the Palatine Hill in a pouring rain after touring the Colosseum. The sun was out that morning but went into hiding as the day progressed. It was still fun to walk through the ancient political heart of the Roman Empire, though my rain-drenched stamina finally gave out before reaching the Roman Forum. You can buy a package ticket for all three sites. I recommend a good map or signing up for a tour since the ruins are difficult to distinguish from each other. The highlight was watching the police chase away one of the ubiquitous umbrella sellers hanging about the grounds. The home of Augustus was closed for archaeological work - I have to hand it to the Romans, several archaeologists kept digging away despite the rain.
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Palatine Hill - the home of Rome Dec 26, 2011
750 BC The rape of the Sabine women
Fact about the rape of the women from Sabine “The Romans didn't rape the women in the modern sense of the word - they abducted the women because there was a lack of females in the new village of Rome. The way they stole the women they ended up carrying the women into their houses - across the steps into the houses. This tradition was carried on in Roman marital rituals for generation where the woman would be carried by servants into the bedroom where she would meet the husband. This is the origin of the tradition of the woman being carried over the threshold into the new home after marriage.”
The Palatine Hill isn’t really the greatest Roman attraction you can find around the globe - many other former Roman cities have left much more remarkable remains than what you find at the Palatine Hill. But nowhere in the Roman Empire will the Roman the history stretch back further. Rome began here on this very hill - which makes it a unique spot in Roman and world history.
According to the legends Romulus founded a small village on this hill on 21 April 753 BC and on the hill you can find some minor remains of some old dwellings from about this period. The hill remained the place where the rich and influential citizens would live for the next 800 years. All during the republican period the Palatine Hill was the place the rich senators would live so they had easy access to the Forum Romano where the decisions of the republic would be made. During the imperial era the emperors would not all live on the Palatine Hill some would have their residence away from the hill.
Today little remain of the rich homes of the old Roman homes on the hill - one of the few still partly remaining is the old house of the first emperor August who had his house build right next to the legendary spot where Romulus had his first cabin.
If you want to see impressive Roman ruins this hill probably isn’t the place for you - there are a few remarkable places but the main attraction is just wondering around the hill knowing you are walking the same roads Crassus, Cicero, Pompejus and Cato walked along more than 2000 years ago at the end of the republican era.
One great think about the hill is you get some great views from the top of the hill of the Forum Romano next door - and the ticket cover entry to The Palatine Hill, Forum Romano and the Colosseum. You really should buy your ticket at the Palatine Hill to avoid the long line at the Colosseum.
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