The “palace of pleasures” of ancient Rome, where Caligula had fun, will open its doors to the public – .

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The “palace of pleasures” of ancient Rome, where Caligula had fun, will open its doors to the public – .


Archaeologists have found 2,000-year-old pollen and seeds of exotic plants from Asia Minor and Egypt.

The remains of food attest to the opulent feasts which the emperor and his entourage would have relished. During the search, experts found oyster shells as well as bones of gilthead sea bream, dusky grouper, tuna and cuttlefish.

Favorite dishes of the Roman upper class included oyster pie, sea urchins, wild boar steaks, roasted warblers, and asparagus thrushes.

There are also religious artifacts, including a terracotta pot depicting the ancient Egyptian deity Bes, a creature with the head of a man and the body of a lion.

“It would have been an extraordinary place,” said Daniela Porro, senior archaeological official for the city of Rome.

“The gardens would have been full of statues, mosaics, frescoes and marble from all over the empire. “

It might have been a quiet woodland retreat, but it was also in a great location. “In 10 minutes, the emperor could travel by horse-drawn carriage to the Palatine Hill and the Forum, the center of power in Rome,” said Mirella Serlorenzi, the scientific director of the project.

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