Christopher Hibbert takes a more traditional stance, asserting: "The seven hills of Rome are usually taken to be the Palatine, the Esquiline, the Viminal, the Quirinal, the Capitol, the Caelian
and the Aventine.
The circular dining space, part of Nero's Golden Palace on Rome's Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian
hills, was rotated by an impressive piece of machinery which "represents a unique element of Roman architecture", the National Centre for Scientific Research said in a statement.
Contrary to the received opinion that Constantine's churchbuilding of necessity avoided the pagan heart of the city, his church building in Rome demonstrated the emperor's self-confidence; a substantial proof of this was his first great basilica on the Caelian
, covering the very site occupied by the cavalry on which his rival had relied.
It began in the circus, where it adjoins the Palatine and Caelian