PHOTO: House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum, Italy

PHOTO: House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum, Italy

Discs hanging between pillars ward off evil at House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Discs hanging between pillars at House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum are plaster casts of marble carvings designed to ward off evil. The estate was a veritable palace in Roman days, and was believed to be home to Marcus Nonius Balbus, the governor of Crete and part of modern-day Libya. Like all other structures in the community, it was completely buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

3 Comments on “PHOTO: House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum, Italy

    • I don’t use the word amazing much, Kelly, because it’s so overused, but in this case it’s the best description I can think of. Herculaneum is truly amazing.

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