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No more eggplant…

They are trying to kill me. Huge piles of eggplant, two nights in a row. The only problem being: I detest the eggplant. Never have been able to eat eggplant. It ranks up there with mushrooms and okra–icky. I’m just … Continue reading

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Lares, Spirits, Genius!

If you visit well preserved ancient Roman sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum or Stabiae (to name a few) you will quickly notice one particular element shared in common by nearly  every house and business space.  It is even found on … Continue reading

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Only two days left!!!

Today we were in Region I, Insulae 13 for a change of scenery. Finished up mapping in the toilet from yesterday. And, I managed to do it without smashing my skull again on the door lintel. The first couple of houses we looked at were fine, a very nice masonry dining couch (triclinium) in one and a vegetable garden/kitchen in the other. The grand finale for today was a house with a “sweet” masonry triclinium, under a grape-vine arbor, in a garden. The adjoining kitchen has an incredible (doesn’t actually do it justice) lararium painting depicting the entire family making sacrifice. The imagery includes food offerings, a mule with a pack, a camel with a pack, a sacrificial ox, wine jugs, and a god pouring libations onto the altar. The detail in the painting is amazing – ties on the sandals, facial features, etc Continue reading

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Silver Wedding, House With Shop, Another Successus….

Yesterday we completed the House of the Silver Wedding – named after the fact that the family ruling in Naples back in the 19th century hosted a silver wedding anniversary party there. Yet another incredible villa, always locked, off the beaten path and not a tourist to be seen. It comes complete with a rebuilt tetra-style atrium (4 columns supporting the compluvium roof, over a very nice impluvium). Continue reading

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Che Caldo!!!

Today we mapped the underground kitchen for the restaurant we looked at yesterday and we stumbled into a room with an intact horse skeleton. It is all assembled and placed on a platform. The stable boy however, was unceremoniously piled in a corner… Continue reading

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