Author: Dido of Carthage

Sensual goddess fresco discovered in ancient P…


Archaeologists have found in an ancient Pompeii bedroom a fresco depicting a sensual scene of a goddess and swan.

The figure of goddess Leda being impregnated by a swan representing Roman god Jupiter was a fairly common theme in home decoration in Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum, another ancient town destroyed in A.D. 79 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius near present-day Naples.

But Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna praised this fresco as exceptional since the goddess appears to look at whoever’s looking at the fresco upon entering the bedroom.

“Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced,” Osanna told the Italian news agency ANSA. Read more.

grandegyptianmuseum: King Tutankhamun’s Funer…


King Tutankhamun’s Funerary Mask

Icon of ancient Egypt, the teenage pharaoh’s funerary mask immortalizes his features in gold, glass, and semiprecious stones. This and other treasures from his tomb, now in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, attract a constant swirl of visitors.

Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic

A Roman Villa in Positano



Preserved since the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, an Ancient Roman villa, located below Positano’s church of Santa Maria dell’Assunta, has recently opened to the public. Following two excavation initiatives, taking place between  2003 – 2006 and 2015 – 2016, the villa is now accessible to visitors who can descend to ten metres below the church and make their way through what was once the summer home of an elite Roman family.





References: Marco Merola, “A spectacular villa under Positano sees the light.” Available at

“The Roman Villa in Positano: An Archaeological Wonder at the Heart of the Amalfi Coast.” Available at

“Positano’s Roman Villa.” Available at

Planet Pompeii Blog. Available at

Images: Images 1-3 and 5, © Roberto Salomone.

Image 4, © L’Espresso.

Posted by Samantha Hughes-Johnson

centuriespast: Eos and the slain Memnon on an …


Eos and the slain Memnon on an Attic red-figure cup, ca. 490–480 BCE, the so-called “Memnon Pietà” found at Capua (Louvre).

grandegyptianmuseum: Nero making offerings …


Nero making offerings to the Gods

Fragment of a block relief depicting Emperor Nero offering of the lunar eye (“Eye of Horus”) to Min and Osiris; offering of the olibanum bottle to Shu (sandstone). 

Roman Period, ca. 54-68 CE. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.



Mask in Herculaneum {house of Neptune.}

lionofchaeronea: Attic red-figure trefoil oin…


Attic red-figure trefoil oinochoe (wine pitcher), depicting a woman and young man attended by the god Eros.  Artist unknown; ca. 475-450 BCE.  Now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Photo credit: LACMA.

grandegyptianmuseum: The exit of the joint …


The exit of the joint tomb of Twosret and Setnakhte (KV14), guarded by two paintings of the god of death Anubis. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Photo: Jakub Kyncl

historyfilia: Etruscan terracotta gorgon head…


Etruscan terracotta gorgon head, Perugia. Photo from  the
Goodyear Archival Collection, Brooklyn Museum

grandegyptianmuseum: Painting from an Egypt…


Painting from an Egyptian papyrus showing the lunar eye (“Eye of Horus”), detail. Now in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.