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The Ancient Roman Pleasure Palace of Poppaea Sabina

Walking through the Italian town of Torre Annunziata, one would never suspect that some of the most luxurious villas of the Roman Empire lie buried some 25 feet beneath its streets. The only indication that earlier structures existed comes from a notation on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a twelfth-century copy of an ancient map…

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PHOTO: Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now Torre Annunziata. This grand estate, which was completely covered by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD (the same eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum) was owned by the second wife of…

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PHOTO: Frescoes at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in Torre Annunziata, Italy

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Frescoes at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now known as Torre Annunziata, Italy. Here the Oecus (main living room of a Roman house) scene depicts a false door leading to sanctuary dedicated to Apollo and family ancestors, where a sacrificial tripod…

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