The house of mysteries was most likely home to a mystery cult. Along the walls of this villa are beautiful frescoes which walk through the cult initiation process. We were amazed that the colors and images were in such good condition after nearly two thousand years.
Finally, the cave canem mosaic gave students the opportunity to see in person one of the most famous images of the ancient world. We read a Latin excerpt of Petronius, a Roman author who lived from 27-65AD, who wrote about the mosaic, before going to see it for ourselves.
In the afternoon, we explored the Naples Archeological Museum. A palace turned museum, the museum and its long marble corridors and large steps are similar to museums in D.C. We enjoyed seeing many items which were taken from Pompeii to be preserved in the museum. Given the chance to set out in small groups, we identified the Roman mythological and historical figures sculpted in various works of art.
|A sarcophagus in the Naples Archaeological Museum|
We were excited to see our first bit of sun today and were fortunate that the rain mostly held off until we were in the museum. We can’t wait to continue our trip and look forward to going to Paestum and Salerno tomorrow.