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Roman frescoes, Herculaneum

Roman frescoes, Herculaneum

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PASQUALE SORRENTINO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASQUALE SORRENTINO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Roman frescoes, Herculaneum. These wall paintings were found on the wall of the frigidarium in the House of the Deer, a Roman villa in the ancient Italian town. A frigidarium is one of the rooms in a thermal bath complex, containing a cold swimming pool. The once luxurious House of the Deer, which takes its name from two marble statues found in the garden of deer being attacked by dogs, has been excavated and restored. Herculaneum was destroyed in the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. However, the thick layer of volcanic ash that buried the town preserved buildings, bodies and other artefacts.

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