This was a palace erected by Nero in Rome. It was roofed with
golden tiles, and the inside walls, which were profusely gilt, were
embellished with mother-of-pearl and precious stones; the ceilings
were inlaid with ivory and gold. The banquet-hall had a rotatory
motion, and its vaulted ceiling showered flowers and perfumes on the
guests. The Farnese popes and princes used the materials of Nero's
house for their palaces and villas.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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