Entrance to the bathsMosaics of a lady with her children and slaves on their way to the baths Thermal baths / Villa Romana del Casale / Piazza Armerina / Sicily / Italy
This small, slightly irregular room served as the passage from the main part of the villa to the thermal baths. From the peristyle the visitors descended a few steps into the room from where another few steps lead down into the palestra. The room has benches along two sides, and has probably been used as an apodyterium, a room for changing clothes before and after the baths.
The mosaic on the floor shows a woman at the centre, with her two children at the sides, on their way to the baths. The two persons at the extremes of the composition are two domestic slaves, one carrying the clothes for the bath, the other carrying the utensils used for massaging the body with oil during the baths. In a corner between the two flights of steps is depicted a chair and other objects.
There has been some disagreement about the identity of persons on the mosiacs. The mosaic is generally interpreted as depicting the lady of the house, the domina, with her two children. Who exactly they are depends largely on who one believes to have been the owner of the villa.
The mosaics are very well preserved, unlike the rest of the decorative elements of the room.
Prints of the photographs are available — read more here.
The pictures above are taken in the following locations:
- Palestra - The gym or exercise room (Thermal baths, Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
- Peristyle - The central open space in a Roman house (Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
- Service rooms with geometric mosaics - Offices, work rooms and kitchen (Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
- Vestibule of Eros and Pan - Room with mosaic of a fist-fight between Eros and Pan (Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
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