Pompeii Villas

“What lies in the villas of Pompeii..”

The year 1910, approximately 200 years after the great discovery at Pompeii, the site later dubbed the villa of mysteries that contains artefacts that may be the key to a more clearer information of mysteries that the ruined Roman city is hiding. These artefacts include the outline of bodies covered in ashes it’s long dead inhabitants however it’s amazing how nature preserved outlines that well describe how people died in that faithful night the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

“Buried mysteries in Pompeii’s villas”

Villas that are outside city proper and are located at seasides are fortunately

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The garden of a Pompeii villa

undamaged by the volcanic ashes and other volcanic materials. One villa named “Villa dei Misterii”, It was known of it’s amazing wall paintings. A remarkable private house that lies in the area of Mt. Vesuvius. It was built around a central peristle court surrounded by terraces, one of the large villas in Pompeii. This This villas includes designs and decorated with beautiful images and strange scenes, also known as “The initiation chamber”. located in the front right of the villa.

The said villa is divided in two(2) parts; an elegant house perfectly designed for comfortable, luxurious living and was built on a basically square plan design. And the second part; dedicated to a working farm house mainly winery. Additionally after the earthquake of 62 A.D onto the area a wine-press was discovered and this has been restored to it’s original location. Mysteries refers to the secret of the initiation rites that occur in the place. In Greek the word for “rite” means “to grow up”. According to people they are ceremonies to help individuals to achieve adulthood. The process may include death and rebirth of the individual meaning death of the old self and the beggining of the new self, this is guided by a priest or a prriestess of the group.

“Strange paintings known as Frescoes”

Frescoes (several related mural painting types, done on plaster on walls or ceilings. Frescoes were often made during the Renaissance and other early time periods.)  Also a megalographia (a depiction of life-size figures), and is unique in Pompeii. These frescoes seems to be telling stories showing series of events, still nowadays it’s interpretation is much debated. The picture beside describes ritual offering in their time.

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Pompeii villa

After some thorough researches and examinations, it became plainly evident from different researchers that “Villa dei Misterii”, was in fact a site where people worship for that very same Bacchanalian cult and for particular ceremonies.  Examinations of different frescoes revealing series of events described steps of an esoteric ritual, presided over by Bacchus, This rituals aimed to induct higher class of females into the rigors of their marriage, In other words their key to womanhood. Interpreters said that on the walls of the Initiation room, the female that will undergo the ritual of marriage will consume a cup of Kykeon (Intoxicating drug and could possibly cause hallucinations) and then be left to a series of mysterious sacraments meant to meet the sacred union of Bacchus and Ariadne. Before the end of the ritual a confrontation with the god of love, Eros to complete the ceremony.

Though “Villa dei Misterii” and it’s initiation room holds clear information into the culr of Bacchus ever discovered, researchers and archeologists are unavailable to identify the rightful owner of the Pompeiian villa. Very fine frescoes and remarkable brightness of their colors and tones can be seen in the villa’s dining room.

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