Colorful Room M of the Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor in Ancient Boscoreale

When the villa was excavated, sixty-eight sections of wall paintings were removed before the remains of the villa were reburied. By Jessica MingoiaPhD Candidate in Art HistoryRutgers University Introduction The colors of the walls are nearly as bright today as they were when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E., burying the Villa of Publius Fannius[…]

Ancient Rome’s Wealthy Cities of Oplontis, Stabiae, and Boscoreale

While the Vesuvian eruption was devastating, and many lives were lost, it preserved a moment in Roman history. Introduction More than 2,000 years ago, extremely wealthy Romans lived on the sunny shores of the Bay of Naples at Pompeii and in opulent villas nearby, unconcerned about Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE), Augustus[…]