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"Palantine Hill"

The Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. Rome has its origins on the Palatine.

Many affluent Romans of the Republican period (c.509 BC 44 BC) had their residences there. During the Empire (27 BC 476 AD) several emperors resided there.

Immediately adjacent to the Flavian palace of Severus is the Hippodrome of Domitian. Hippodromes were originally areas for exercising horses, but later in Rome, Hippodrome was used to describe elongated rectangular gardens.