Halls of the Horti of Maecenas

The Horti di Mecenate are the most ancient to be found at the residential gardens at the Esquilino; the friend and councillor of Emperor Augustus indeed transformed into a sumptuous residence an area that had until then been used as a necropolis, covering it with a large layer of earth. 
Later having passed to Imperial domain, the gardens became an extension of the Domus Aurea at the time of Nero. 
The only part that still exists today is the Auditorium, a summer triclinium decorated with frescoes with views of gardens.

Museo del Palazzo dei Conservatori - Sale degli Horti di Mecenate

The sculpted decorations, found in pieces inside walls built in late antiquity, shows the cultural interests of the owner, with images of Muses and hermas with portraits of illustrious persons from literary circles, and his passion for collecting, with Greek funerary stones and very high quality copies of Greek originals. 

Video Halls of the Horti of Maecenas

Statua di Marsia
Sculpture
Roman copy from a Greek original of the 4th century BC
Erma di Menandro
Sculpture
From a Greek original of the 3rd century BC
Statua di Ercole combattente
Sculpture
From an original of the end of the 4th century BC
Testa di Amazzone
Sculpture
From an original of the 5th century BC
Statua di cane
Sculpture
Statua di Musa: Melpomene
Sculpture
From an original of the Hellenistic period
Statua di Musa seduta tipo Calliope
Sculpture
From an original of the Hellenistic period
Rilievo con iniziazione dionisiaca
Sculpture
From a Hellenistic original of the 2nd century BC