Context - The Villa

Date Clues

An interesting clue for the date is the obelisk reproduced on the spine of the Circus Maximus , which decorates the floor mosaic of the biapsidal hall , known for the dynamic scene of the quadriga (chariot) race. Its structure is a point of contention for experts; some believe that it is the Obelisk of Augustus , decentralised in the mosaic of Piazza Armerina, perhaps to represent its transfer during the year 327 AD to make room for a larger obelisk that arrived in Rome only thirty years later by Constantius II .
The race seems to take place around a single obelisk, perhaps during the period in which the first one was moved, which attests to completion of the work between 327 and 357 AD.
Another explanation leads us to think that the depiction was made in this way to make the award ceremony legible and, therefore, only for compositional needs.
These varying interpretations are joined, due to the understanding of the years of construction of the late antiquity domus, by an important historical event passed down through sources. It concerns a series of earthquakes that occurred in Sicily between 362 and 365 AD, which may also have affected the Villa del Casale, leading to restoration work for damage or perhaps an entire reconstruction.

The myth of Orpheus

A decoration that marks time

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

The public rooms of the Villa

The composition of the spaces

A large banquet hall

The Mansio, a stopping place

The room of the seasons

Pars Fructuaria e Pars Rustica

The Latifundium

The Peristyle of the Villa

A room dedicated to the sea

The Mansio of Sophiana

The layout of the rooms

Date Clues