He lived […] on the Palatine in a modest dwelling remarkable neither for size or elegance, having but one short colonnade with columns of local stone, and rooms without any marble decorations or handsome pavements. For more than forty years he occupied the same bedroom in winter and summer.
|Hi, I'm Augustus --|
welcome to my crib.
|layout of Domus Augusti, with|
the Temple of Apollo adjacent
Augustus liked summering in villas around his burgeoning Empire, but the Domus Augusti remained his official place of residence. The house burned down either in 3 CE during Augustus' lifetime or later in the big fire of 69, and was at least partially rebuilt. It became state property, slowly dwarfed by other buildings until it was lost in the ruins of time, then rediscovered in 2008. As you can see in the short video below, it's been popular with tourists ever since. With the restoration of Augustus' mausoleum (reopened to coincide with the 2000th anniversary of his death), interest in the first emperor of Rome and his dysfunctional family is as high as ever.