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In AD 64 Nero set fire to the city of Rome The exact reasons he did it are not fully known It is thought that he partly did for poetic or artistic purposes or for the purpose of clearing away a city that had currently dissatisfied him In its place however he did rebuild a better Rome for the most part that is A large portion and arguably too large of a portion was expropriated for the use of his own residence to be called the Domus Aurea This is translated The Golden House and so the residence is called The Golden House of Nero While the Domus Aurea had rather unjustified reasoning behind it it is one of the greatest architectural achievements of the ancient world Neros residence before his Golden House was the Domus Transitoria This was by now means any small living space It was considered to be a mansion in itself This palace linked to the Imperial Gardens of Maecenas on the Esquiline hill It also spanned up the Velian slope beside the Forum Grant 164 However this structure was not destroyed in the fire of 64 However it did clear out a valley behind it making room for Neros future house Promptly after the fire construction was begun on Neros Golden House It would continue until AD 68 Wheeler 142 In fact the Domus Transitoria would soon become part of the new Domus AureaThe architects of this great project were more engineers than they were architects Their names were Severus and Celer Picard 116 They were more like Italian bosses heading up a team of technicians who came to Rome in hordes due to their recent fire However these engineers main goal was to make the estate look bigger and be bigger without actually expanding They accomplished by working on it from the inside out utilizing paintings on walls that gave the impression of going on for infinityIt
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