PHOTO: Hall of the Augustals at the Herculaneum Ruins

PHOTO: Hall of the Augustals at the Roman Ruins of Herculaneum, Italy

Hall of the Augustals at Herculaneum, a gathering place for freed slaves

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hall of the Augustals at the ruins of the Roman city of Herculaneum, was a gathering place for freed slaves, who worshiped the emperor Augustus. The fresco on the left wall of the center cubicle depicts Hercules at Olympus, accompanied by Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva; the fresco on the right shows the battle between Hercules and the Etruscan god Acheloo.

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