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House with 'enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii

From:ansa.it NetWriter:Date:2018-10-10

A house with a room containing a 'lararium', a shrine dedicated to the Lares, protectors of the ancient Roman home, has been discovered in Pompeii and exclusively visited by ANSA.

The room, which is incredibly well-preserved and has the largest lararium found to date in Pompeii, is an "enchanted garden", experts said.

Its walls are painted with snakes, a peacock, golden beasts fighting against a black wild boar, skies decorated with birds, a well, a colored tub and the portrait of a figure that is partly man and partly a dog.

The director of the Pompeii archaeological park, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA that it is "a marvelous, enigmatic room", a treasure "to be studied in-depth".