Itinerary B
Piazza Armerina

[5] A votive aedicula at the center of attention

Today, only the mosaic floor and part of the walls remain of this room, but originally its structure resembled the form of a small temple. It was, in fact, the sacred place of the late antique residence, where the Lares were worshipped, ancestors who became protective deities of the family. Every morning there was a real ritual, in the early hours of the morning, as soon as the dominus and his family woke up after the quiet of the night. If we went back in time, we would see the servants presenting the owner of the villa with offerings to be placed inside the lararium, in front of a flame that lit up the representations of the deified ancestors, guarantors of the continuity and well-being of the familia. Symbols of good luck, such as the ivy leaf, also stand out in the centre of the floor mosaic!