Apsidal hall known as "hall of Arion"

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

The apsidal hall has a mosaic floor with a decoration dedicated to the myth of Arion , who charms marine animals with the sound of his cithara.All the decoration refers to the sea, populated with mythological creatures. The mosaic composition of a large Oceanus head oversees the scene, in a dominant position at the base of the apse. The room is quadrangular in shape and is located in the central part of the south main apartment, with a large opening onto the semicircular portico that gives access to the various spaces of the apartment.The hall ending in an apse, covered by a semi-dome, was originally lit by three windows at the back and others in the side walls; scholars have hypothesised that this room was used by the Dominus as a Diæta or library, or even for symposia accompanied by music related to choral opera.
The hall of Arion is very much a room of importance. Together with the Diæta di Orfeo and the Sala della Piccola Caccia, they are the only rooms of the Villa embellished with two columns placed at the entrance, to underline their more dignified function.

A large banquet hall

The composition of the spaces

The Mansio of Sophiana

The Peristyle of the Villa

Date Clues

A decoration that marks time

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

A room dedicated to the sea

Pars Fructuaria e Pars Rustica

The layout of the rooms

The Mansio, a stopping place

The room of the seasons

The Latifundium

The myth of Orpheus

The public rooms of the Villa