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Ancient Roman Emperor Augustus first house opens in Rome
ROME, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Four frescoed rooms in Ancient Roman Emperor Augustus's House on Rome's Palatine Hill opened to the public for the first time on Sunday.
Italian experts believe the rooms, found in the 1970s below the ruins of Augustus's sprawling imperial palace, were part of a smaller house where he lived when he was still just Julius Caesar's adoptive son Octavian and not Rome's first emperor.
The four surviving rooms from the two-storey house are a dining room, a bedroom and a large entrance hall on the ground floor, and a small study on the floor above.
The windowless rooms received light from the entrance, which once looked out onto extensive gardens but is now blocked off by a wall dating to the reign of Nero (37-68 AD).