Apsidal hall known as diæta di Orfeo

The myth of Orpheus

In the mosaic, disfigured by large gaps, we can still identify the mythological scene beginning from the apse, occupied by a tree with branches populated by various types of birds;

at its base Orpheus is depicted, the mythical epic poet wrapped by a wide drape, averting his gaze as though seeking poetic inspiration.Around him gather animals of all species, starting from the smallest at the top to those of greater size at the bottom, such as the bison and the elephant. The floor decoration translates some of Ovid ’s verses into images: “Such was the grove of trees the poet gathered round him, and he sat in the midst of a crowd, of animals and birds” ( Metamorphoses , X, 142-143) highlighting the triumph of virtue and reason over bestial violence.
Orpheus tames the wild animals, a sign of irrational passion, with the sound of the cithara and the use of poetry.

A decoration that marks time

A room dedicated to the sea

The room of the seasons

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

Pars Fructuaria e Pars Rustica

The myth of Orpheus

A large banquet hall

The public rooms of the Villa

The Latifundium

The Peristyle of the Villa

The Mansio of Sophiana

The layout of the rooms

The Mansio, a stopping place

Date Clues

The composition of the spaces