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date: 06 December 2022

Piazza Armerinalocked

Piazza Armerinalocked

  • R. J. A. Wilson

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Piazza Armerina, a hill-town of central southern *Sicily known to students of antiquity for the remains of the most sumptuously appointed Roman *villa so far discovered in the Roman empire; it lies in the Casale district, 5 km. (3 mi.) south-west of the modern town. The complex, covering 1.5 ha., consists of four parts: a triple-arched entrance with court beyond; the main heart of the residential villa grouped around a peristyled garden, with a large reception hall and the private living quarters opening off a 70-m.-long corridor; a banqueting suite to the south, set around another court; and an elaborate bath-suite. There are some 45 rooms in all; service quarters still await identification. The reception hall was paved in marble, the remaining rooms and corridors with *mosaic floors of varying quality, some geometric but the majority figured. All are likely to have been laid by mosaicists from North Africa, probably based in *Carthage.

Subjects

  • Ancient Geography
  • Roman Material Culture

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