Half Panel Dress by Walid
|black and white mosaic floor from Villa Adriana |
stylised vegetation theme
Villa Adriana or Hadrian's villa
(following text and pictures © September 2003 Jack Tsen-Ta Lee)
Villa Adriana, probably the largest and most sumptuous villa in the Roman Empire, was built by Emperor Hadrian and occupied by him for a short time between 135 CE and his death three years later. Hadrian was a great traveller and a keen architect, and parts of the villa were inspired by buildings he had seen around the world.
|The Caserma dei vigili (Guards' Barracks).|
Each of the rooms had elaborate mosaic floors.
|The soothing pool of the Pecile, which was a reproduction of|
a building in Athens.
|The Canopo (Canopus), a copy of the sanctuary of Serapis near Alexandria in Egypt.|