Roman Emperor Nero's revolving dining room found by archaeologists

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London, September 30 (ANI): A team of archaeologists in Rome has claimed to have found the remains of a legendary revolving dining room built by Emperor Nero to impress his guests.

According to a report in The Guardian, digging on the Palatine Hill, archaeologists stumbled on the remnants of a circular room, 16 metres (53ft) in diameter, which they believe formed part of Nero's palace, built in the first century AD.

Sixty years after Nero's reign, the historian Suetonius wrote that the dining room revolved "night and day, in imitation of the motion of the celestial bodies".

Archaeologists have yet to determine how the room revolved. Known as the Domus Aurea, or Golden Room, the palace also featured an artificial lake and was dominated by a 100-foot statue of Nero.

"This discovery has no equal among ancient Roman architectural finds," said dig leader Francoise Villedieu.

He said that the room was supported by a pillar with a diameter of 4m (13ft). Traces of a wood platform which possibly floated on water in the room have also been found.

Italy's government has granted 200,000 Euros to let the dig continue. (ANI)

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