Pompeii Home Of Slaves Turned Roman Elite Opens After 20-Year Restoration

STANFORD, CA - DECEMBER 17:  A man browses through books at the Cecil H. Green on the Stanford University Campus December 17, 2004 in Stanford, California. Google, the internet search engine, has announced a long-term project to put 15 million books from seven of the world's most prestigious libraries online and make them searchable. Included will be the libraries of Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library and the University of Oxford, including the Bodleian. Books and periodicals will be scanned and project is expected to take six years and cost more than $100 million.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A depiction of Hercules as a child crushing two snakes can be found in the living room.
  • Aside from many frescoes, viewers can find marble baths and tables surrounding the garden.
  • Arianna Spinosa, Pompeii’s architect director of restoration, called the home “iconic,” saying that it “represents the Pompeiian domus par excellence, not only because of the frescoes of exceptional importance, but also because of its layout and architecture.”

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