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House of the Lararium of Achilles

Italia

by Selina Kyle
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Overview

The opus quadratum façade shows how ancient this house is: the earthquake of 62 AD forced renovations that were still in progress at the time of the eruption. Delightful 'fourth style' decorations, figurative paintings with a mythological theme and still lifes, brighten the rooms. The lararium ‘of Achilles’ owes its name to the figures, in relief and painted on a blue background, showing the final episodes of the Trojan war: the duel between Achilles and Hector, the Trojan's death, the return of his corpse in a cart to his elderly father Priam, escorted by Hermes. by Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii (SANP)