The Palatine Complex
the site of King Romulus' original settlement, the Palatine became the "high rent" district of town houses
of the Roman aristocracy during the late Republic. The Emperor Augustus who owned a town house on the hill, began
incorporating neighboring mansions into a larger complex to accommodate the growing staff of his imperial bureaucracy.
Later emperors followed suit, ultimately developing the region into a vast imperial complex where the business
of the empire was administered. The actual state photo shows the substructure of the Palatine wing constructed
by the Emperor Caligula above the Roman Forum. The model shows the restored Palatine complex at its height in the
fourth century AD.