The Frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii

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Carole Raddato
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The Frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii

The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii owes its fame to the exquisite wall paintings that cover the walls of one of its reception rooms. A mysterious scene with life-size figures in the Second Pompeian Style seems to depict the initiation rite of a young girl into the Dionysian mysteries. Female figures, as well as fauns and maenads, are seen on the sidewalls engaged in various ritual activities, while the god Dionysus appears on the central wall with his wife, Ariadne. The Villa of the Mysteries dates back to the 2nd century BCE but was given its current shape in 80-70 BCE.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, September 25). The Frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/11269/

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Raddato, Carole. "The Frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 25, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/11269/.

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Raddato, Carole. "The Frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 25 Sep 2019. Web. 29 May 2020.

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