Talk:Mausoleum of Augustus

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When did the ashes of the imperial family disappear from the Mausoleum? Willy Logan 12:41, September 7, 2005 (UTC)

Rodolpho Lanciani (see Ref.) said that the mausoleum was left unopened until it was ransacked in 410 (Alaric I's sack of Rome). After that, well it's the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam dust-of-Caesars note:

I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;
That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head.
And this reviving Herb whose tender Green
Fledges the River-Lip on which we lean--
Ah, lean upon it lightly! for who knows
From what once lovely Lip it springs unseen!

--Wetman 23:11, 7 September 2005 (UTC)


Which Marcellus is it who was buried there? Gaius Claudius Marcellus appears to have died 10 years before it was built. I guess that it might have been Octavia's son, Marcus Claudius Marcellus, who was Augustus' heir briefly and died in 23 BC, but there is no article on him, and the references I would expect to exist from Julia (his wife) or Octavia (his mother) are unlinked. Willhsmit 19:05, September 9, 2005 (UTC)


Is this open? I was there in early July and the gates were shut. gssq 18:06, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

  • Every picture I have ever seen (including ones predating 9/11) has had its gates closed. I'm assuming that it's because of possible vandalism and fear that something'll get stolen. I'm also going to assume that it's closed to the public unless you REALLY REALLY REALLY have to get in there. Then I'd say that you'd have to talk to local authorities (who'd probably laugh at you and say no.) I really don't know, though. I've never been to Italy although I plan on going w/ Latin Club during my Senior Year of HS.--Agreatguy6 05:02, 31 October 2006 (UTC).
I visited four years ago, when I took the picture in the article. I didn't have any trouble getting inside. [1] Willy Logan 15:48, 31 December 2006 (UTC)