Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

This site is shows how insignificant we can be against nature's wrath

Villa dei Misteri
This postcard was sent from Poland by Ania

The Villa of the Mysteries (ItalianVilla dei Misteri) is a well-preserved suburban Roman villa on the outskirts of Pompeii, southern Italy, famous for the series of frescos in one room, which are usually thought to show the initiation of a young woman into a Greco-Roman mystery cult. These are now probably the best known of the relatively rare survivals of Ancient Roman painting. Like the rest of the Roman city of Pompeii, the villa was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 and excavated from 1909 onwards (long after much of the main city).
There are many different interpretations of the frescoes, but they are commonly believed to depict a religious rite. Another common theory is that the frescoes depict a bride initiating into the Dionysian Mysteries in preparation for marriage. In this hypothesis, the elaborate costume worn by the main figure is believed to be wedding apparel. - in: wikipedia

The seven inscribed areas (in red what I have)

  • Pompeii
  • Villa dei Misteri (Pompei)
  • Herculaneum
  • Villa dei Papiri (Herculaneum)
  • Theatre of Herculaneum
  • Torre Annunziata: Villa A
  • Torre Annunziata: Villa B

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