I needed a villa in Pompeii to be the “Metellus” family vineyards and after some research, I found the “Villa de la Misteria”
It’s located northwest of Pompeii, just outside the city walls, in the foothills of Vesuvius. It’s called “Mystery” because of the frescoed walls of the triclinium (dining room). It depicts a woman going through the ritual of joining the mysterious cult of Dionysus (Greek name for the God of wine – the Roman name was Bacchus).
Pompeii was originally settled by the Greeks, then the Romans took over. It changed hands several times before it was captured by Rome in the 4th century BC.
Looking at the vivid colors of the fresco, it’s amazing how it was preserved by Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD and frozen in time.
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