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From the Blog
Read the blog posts by Oplontis series editors John Clarke and Nayla Muntasser.
- Re-discovering and E-publishing the Foremost Luxury Villa Buried by Vesuvius (2019)
- Fresco Paintings of Villa A (2019)
- Sculptures of Villa A (2019)
- Stucco Decorations at Villa A (2020)
- The Pavements of Villa A (2020)
My first engagement with the pavements of Villa A came in the mid 1980s, when I determined to study the decorative ensembles of the early Third Style that coincided with additions and alterations carried out between 15-1 BC. Up until that time, scholars had been studying pavements in isolation from the frescoed walls, stucco cornices, and ceilings.
The application of fine plaster, or stucco, was an important element in the decoration of Roman houses and villas. In the second century BCE, a fashion for emulating Hellenistic art and architecture led to the adoption of Greek-style building and decorative elements.