Antechamber of the North Main Apartment

The representation of virtus

The hero of Ithaca , dressed in a purple cloak and a pileus atop his head, holds in both hands a krater full of wine while advancing towards the giant.
The giant, sat on a big rock, is represented with human features and his third eye  is his only monstrous feature; his brutality, however, is evoked by the disembowelled ram on his left leg.
In the foreground, Polyphemus ’ flock – consisting of two brown sheep, a ram with curved horns and two white sheep – grazes peacefully in the rocky cave of the cyclops.
The composition, enriched by a refined naturalistic frame of pines and cypresses, as well as symbolising the victory of human cunning over brutality, is linked to the subjects inherent to the worship of Dionysus , which frequently recur in the mosaic ornaments of the domus

The Mansio, a stopping place

The public rooms of the Villa

Date Clues

The Latifundium

The layout of the rooms

The composition of the spaces

The myth of Orpheus

A large banquet hall

A decoration that marks time

The Peristyle of the Villa

The room of the seasons

The Mansio of Sophiana

Pars Fructuaria e Pars Rustica

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

A room dedicated to the sea