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 composition of the spaces

The myth of Orpheus

Date Clues

The Mansio of Sophiana

The public rooms of the Villa

The room of the seasons

A decoration that marks time

The Mansio, a stopping place

The Latifundium

A large banquet hall

A room dedicated to the sea

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

Pars Fructuaria e Pars Rustica

The Peristyle of the Villa

The layout of the rooms