Roman Military Commander's Sprawling Home Found Beneath Subway System

Live Science | 3/8/2018 | Staff
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Archaeologists in Rome have discovered the remains of a sprawling residence of a Roman military commander dating back 1,900 years and holding several rooms covered in ornate mosaic floors with geometric patterns, along with pools and fountains.

They discovered the "domus" about 40 feet (12 meters) underground during construction work to expand the Metro C line of Rome's subway system, a team of archaeologists from Rome's Superintendency for Archaeology announced recently.

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The barracks and commander's house appear to have been constructed during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (reign: A.D. 117-138), who was concerned with consolidating the Roman Empire and improving its defenses.

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The house is located beside the barracks. Excavations are ongoing, but work so far within the barracks has revealed the remains of a lengthy building that appears to have served as housing for the ordinary soldiers. There are also water channels and buildings that would have housed supplies.

The military commander's house is about 3,230 square feet (300 square meters) and contains 14 rooms, as well as the remains of a courtyard, fountains and...
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