Itinerary B
Piazza Armerina

[5] Waiting for the Dominus

The anticipation of the arrival of an authoritative figure, perhaps the dominus of the late antique villa, can be read in the faces and actions of the characters depicted in the central mosaic of this official room, through which we enter the heart of the residence. The bright flame of the torch held by the lampadarius seems to invite us to take part in an important ceremony, also underlined by the presence of a laurel branch held by the young man. They are all neatly arranged, dressed in richly decorated clothes. The scene is so realistic that the mosaicists even depicted their shadows reflected on the ground!