Mysterious Tunnels and Underground Societies

The word grotesque comes from the same Latin root as “grotto”, meaning a small cave or hollow. The expression comes from the unearthing and rediscovery of ancient Roman decorations in caves and buried sites in the 15th century. These “caves” were in fact rooms and corridors of the Domus Aurea, the unfinished palace complex started by Nero after the great fire from 64 AD.

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