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Ancient home found beneath Rome's Baths of Caracalla now on display


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On their own, the early third-century Baths of Caracalla in Rome are a site of imposing magnificence. But now, visitors will get to see what existed at the site before the lavish public baths were built: a Roman home with frescoed ceilings and a prayer room paying homage to Roman and Egyptian gods.

The two-story home was built around 134 to 138 C.E., in the time of the Roman emperor Hadrian, reports Nicole Winfield for the Associated Press (AP). But the structure was dismantled in part to make way for the baths, which opened in 216 C.E.

These ruins went largely undetected until the mid-19th century, when they were discovered roughly ten yards below the baths. Another century passed before they were excavated, at which point the prayer room and parts of the frescoed dining room ceiling were taken away to be restored, per the AP.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baths-of-caracalla-unveils-frescoes-from-time-of-hadrian-180980332/

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https://apnews.com/article/religion-prayer-eaf4d21b4db66bfd6b5bd5c96d9daa07

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Imperial Roman homes always have a weird colour scheme!  A strange combination of dull and garish.

 

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26 minutes ago, acute said:

Imperial Roman homes always have a weird colour scheme!  A strange combination of dull and garish.

 

The lower class of people stayed in the 'dull' part(s) of Imperial Roman homes. The 'upper' class of people was welcomed, and stayed in the 'garish' part(s). This is how the Colosseum in Rome was painted too. On the lower 'garish' part of Colosseum sat Caesar with his team. But, the gladiators were sitting on the higher, dull coloured, part. Together with then lower class of people of the city of Rome. Hierarchy was a very important thing in the Roman Empire.

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16 hours ago, acute said:

Imperial Roman homes always have a weird colour scheme!  A strange combination of dull and garish.

 

They all seem a bit old and dated.

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