Itinerary B
Piazza Armerina

[4] The echo of the ritual

Because of its location close to the Vestibule, in the public path through the Peristyle, the small apsidal chamber was immersed in the echo of the voices of those walking inside the long colonnaded portico during the day. Only during the ceremony held in the presence of the dominus, when the late antique villa came to life at the first light of day, could the ritual prayer that accompanied the votive offering to the ancestors, protectors of the familia, be heard. It was accompanied by the soothing sound of water gushing from the large fountain in the garden.