Domus Aurea from the Eyes of a Slave

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Domus Aurea From The Eyes of A Slave
I went from being a shop owner to being a slave in the Roman the town I lived in. Becoming a slave changed how I viewed life. When I was a shop owner, I had a feeling of accomplishment, but now, I cry myself to sleep as I was constantly in pain. I usually was a slave for a Roman shop owner carrying out the everyday business transactions, but after the Roman city of Rome burned down, I was put in a group of other slaves whose sole purpose was to be unskilled labor for the construction of Domus Aurea or “The Golden House," (Anderson 1997 52) for the Roman emperor Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus (Adkins 1994 21) who we normally refer to as “Nero.” Once I was put into this group of slaves, I experienced many beatings and had to do a lot of grueling work (Anderson 1997 124). My main job was to assist another slave who was a bricklayer. I had to haul the bricks up the Palatine hill along with having to carry the cement and bricks up the shaky ladder to another slave who was a bricklayer. The walls of the Domus Aurea were considered to be done in the style of opus testaceum which involved having a concrete type filling between two layers of kiln-baked bricks (Burrell Week 3) (Anderson 154). This involved my friend Aeschylus, who was originally from a Greek town before he became a slave, putting the concrete in the middle and then he would stack a layer of bricks next to it forming a hard, brick wall. I always found the stamps on the bricks neat as they would tell where the brick was from, who made the brick, what materials were used to make the brick, along with other info (Anderson 157). I had the hard task of hauling the bricks from the ship that originated from the various brick yards that were being used to provide the bricks. Though I feel a bit happier that I was stuck carrying the bricks instead of being the people who have to dig out a huge lake (Boëthius 1960 112). Aeschylus and I worked on what is...