2,000-year-old hall that hosted parties for Rome’s first emperor and knights unearthed

The bronze statue of Emperor Augustus Caesar in Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy.
The bronze statue of Emperor Augustus Caesar in Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy. Photo credit Getty Images
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While they may not have had solo cups or lawn games, a massive hall believed to have been host to 2,000-year-old parties for an emperor and knights was recently discovered and unearthed by archaeologists in Italy.

Researchers with the Università di Napoli L’Orientale in Naples located the hall in the home of the ancient knight and politician Vedio Pollione.

The knight lived in the 1st century BCE and lived in a seaside home off the cliffs of Posillipo, some 150 miles south of Rome, according to researchers.

The home was not only known for belonging to Pollione but it is also known for hosting parties attended by the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, the school shared.

Researchers and histories shared that Pollione and Augustus were once close but had a falling out before Pollione died in 15 B.C. After his death, his residence was left to Augustus, who had it renovated.

“A stratigraphic dating is still missing, but based on the style, the hall could date back to the late Republican age or Augustan at the latest,” excavation leader Marco Giglio said in the release.

Among the changes made to the home includes a carpet made of black and white mosaics, which can still be seen today.

Archaeologists weren’t expecting to find the hall when they did, as they were instead looking at the upper baths of the residence and its terrace.

The property has hosted many soldiers, as it was used during World War II to house weapons.

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