• Preserved doors at Villa Poppaea

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    Villa Poppaea, doors mud AD 79 history Roman Nigel Cummings Oplontis Bay of Naples stock image stock photo
    The Villa Poppaea is a Roman villa situated between Naples and Sorrento, in southern Italy, which dates from the early Imperial times. The villa is a large structure situated in the Roman town of Oplontis (the modern Torre Annunziata), about ten metres below the modern level. It was owned by the Emperor Nero, and used by his second wife Poppaea Sabina, as her main residence when not in Rome. The archeological evidence suggests that at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79, the villa was empty, being in the process of rebuilding and redecoration, possibly in the aftermath of the earthquake of 62. Nero had killed Poppaea in 65; according to Suetonius, by kicking her in the abdomen when she was in late pregnancy. The frescos decorating the walls are among the best preserved, both in form and in colour, of all Imperial Roman frescoes; the roof of the building largely survived the eruption, thus affording protection from the elements. The frescoes are in the Pompeiian Second Style, with feigned Architecture with windows that seem to open onto views or perspectives of trompe-l'oeil colonnades, ambitious undertakings that, after Rome's demise, would not be equalled in Italy until the fifteenth century.
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