Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A Roman villa for billionaires
Ahmad Saleh 10:14 AM Archaeologists
The discovery of a mansion for magnates just outside the center of Rome was surprising because of the bathing complex was found inside. The site of the Villa delle Vignacce, next to the Ciampino airport south of Rome, was first explored in 1780 by a group of archaeologists who found statues that today can be seen in the Vatican museum. According to the American archaeologist who directed the excavations at present, the villa could have belonged to Quintus Servilius Pudens, a billionaire friend of Emperor Hadrian.
In the excavation archaeological they have proved not only foreseeable walls, floors and doorways of the town of multiple plants but also the surprising finding of the luxurious bathrooms. Ivory soil 'caldarium' of the town, similar to the sauna room was heated by hot air introduced between the walls from a furnace fed by slaves of the owner of the land, it is impressive.
The room also provided a hot tub, although the bronze cauldron used to keep water bath at an elevated temperature was removed long ago by looters. They have also appeared ivory fragments left after the valuable stone is apparent from the walls when the town fell into disuse.
The last time it was used was probably in the sixth century, it converted into a fortress by the Goths who sacked Rome. Near the 'caldarium' are common latrines, where a dozen guests could make their physiological needs while enjoying company and conversation.