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Villa Nola the final resting place of a Roman Emperor


Villa Nola the final resting place of a Roman Emperor

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Vesuvius close to Naples is one of the most infamous volcanoes in existence after it obliterated Pompeii in 79 AD.

Vesuvius erupted again in 472 AD this time smoothering the villa where the Emperor Augustus ended his days.

The archaeological treasure has been under excavation for the past 13 years.

The dig has reveled some extraordinary finds like never before seen frescoes.

According to the ancient historians Tacitus and Suetonius, this villa close to Nola, is the place where an ailing Augustus escaped the mayhem of Rome, before he passed away on 19 August 14 AD.

Antonio de Simone is professor of archeology at the Benincasa University in Naples:
‘‘Augustus became the master of the world at a very young age. At 72 years old, which compared to the average lifespan of a Roman made him more like over 100, he’s tired. He doesn’t want anything more to do with power. He’s left Rome with the worries, anxieties which come with power and spends the last years of his life travelling or staying in houses which are outside Rome. On his return from one journey, tired and sick, he prefers the villa of Nola, even though he has more beautiful and more important villas in the area.”

Columns, frescoes and mosaics emerged from beneath the igneous rock revealing an entrance hall and reception rooms, the roof was fashioned from terracotta and the villa overlooked a valley.

Augustus must have felt the cold hand of death coming his way as he died in the same room as his father Octavius.

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